Alex is proud of his Poggio Leano wines, and wants you to consider beginning a Temecula wine tour not in wine country, but at the Wine Room and Lounge at Gourmet Italia. He's convinced his wines will be the finest you'll taste all day.
Phil likes making a wine that he will enjoying drinking, and thinks that winemakers who cater to their clientele do them a disservice. A good gauge of how well he is making wine is that he drinks a lot more of his own wine now than he used to.
I tasted several wines during my visit and it's clear to me Marshall hasn't lost his touch. The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc was crisp and reminiscent of a New Zealand Sauv Blanc. The 2010 White Merlot surprised me because I didn't expect to like it.
The emphasis here is on slowing the pace of life, winding back the clock to an earlier time. When you approach the tasting room, you get the feeling you could be in Europe. A bright red exterior with striped awnings and the words Rhône, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Dijon, Marseilles and others beckon you to enter.