A Wine Common-seur

ImageThere is a 12 Step program for most everything including sex, drugs and booze. While I have not worked the program, as far as becoming a wine expert I have completed 12 steps minus one. 

  1. Visited wineries
  2. Spoken to experts
  3. Taken classes
  4. Learned food/wine pairing
  5. Joined clubs
  6. Tasted beyond my comfort zone
  7. Offered in-home wine tasting parties
  8. Read all the magazines
  9. Joined wine blogs
  10. Experimented with wines
  11. Kept wine journals
  12. I have not become a wine maker

Bottom line is I like wine. But I believe there are too many wines to waste time on those of poor quality.

A recent trip to Temecula Valley Wine Region was a wake call on the tasting experience. I consider TV (Temecula Valley) to be the Disneyland of Wineries. Do you like big? You will love TV. Do you like queuing up to the bar? TV is just the place for you. Do you like limo land and bus stops? Then look no further; TV is your place. Do you like tickets for tastings? Yes, you guessed it;  TV is the place.  It’s pristine, well-manicured, and Irvine-like: master-planned.

TV claims to have American Viticultural Areas (minus the culture) where there exists hot blustery winds during the day and evenings when the temperatures plummet. What that does to wine making, just ask the local winemaker. But unlike many of the most memorable wine tasting experiences, they are no where to be found on the grounds.

TV has a history that dates back to the 1970’s but more than 20 years later it was attacked by Pierce’s Disease that was carried into town on the backs of the glassy winged sharpshooter More than 1,000 of the 2,300 acres of vineyards were decimated. But TV fought its way back to the bank! 

This review will neither change opinions or wine tasting destinations of nearly 1,500 folks on any given Saturday. It will show my true colors as a wine common-seur. 


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