Ken told me one of the things that has appealed to the partners so much is the sense of community here. "We're all here for the grapes." It's not uncommon to see winemakers helping each other out when the need arises.
He looks forward to making outstanding Spanish blends. In making wines he asks himself if it's something he'd like to pair with dinner. He doesn't mind enjoying a wine on its own, but loves what the marriage of food and wine can create.
The Tesoro philosophy has built a strong social community in several short years. It started with the Old Town Tasting Room itself – in the heart of both day and night life, open late after most country wineries have closed, a warm and friendly stopping place and destination.
I think Europa Village is going to be a wonderful addition to the Temecula wine landscape and I look forward to their opening. Plans now are to open a Prelude Tasting Room in the early part of 2011 at Europa Village and will then offer a glimpse of what is yet to come.
Wilmer and Carlos are both natives of Perú, while Waleed was born in Lebanon. Wilmer and Carlos both practice dentistry, but in 2003, Wilmer planted roughly 75 acres of Malbec in Argentina. They met Waleed at the DePortola location and came up with the idea of opening a tasting room in Old Town. Like the De Portola location, the Old Town location will offer not only wine, but live music and food, too.