New Year, New Wine: Temecula Valley Barrel Tasting event gives visitors something different

A guest tries an unfinished wine from the barrel during a previous year’s Temecula Valley Barrel Tasting event. Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association photo.
Guests sip wine during the Temecula Valley Barrel Tasting event. Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association photo.

It’s a new year, and visitors to Temecula Valley Wine Country be able to commemorate that appropriately later this month by trying some brand new wines.

The annual Temecula Valley Barrel Tasting event will be taking place over Jan. 27 and Jan. 28 and will give guests the chance to try the newly finished and unfinished wines of up to 18 wineries between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

Guests have the option between a $78 one-day pass or a $128 two-day pass. Discounts are available to groups who have a designated driver.

Cori DeHore, operations manager for the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association, said that a wine being unfinished simply means that it’s being served straight from a barrel or tank rather than from a bottle.

“People can taste what the wine is like, prior to it being a totally finished wine,” DeHore said. “For example, they can serve a finished sangiovese in a bottle, and they can serve their current vintage that’s in a barrel that’s still kind of maturing, so (guests) can kind of judge the difference between those two.”

Wineries will be serving up food, generally small bites, for guests to pair with their brand-new wine as well, according to DeHore. At some wineries, passholders will be eligible for special discounts on, and access to, some of the featured wines.

Those wondering whether a trek out to wine country is still worthwhile without a pass need not worry, according to DeHore.

She said the wineries will have each have a separate area set up for passholders, but will otherwise be open for regular business.

Wanting to take the trip to Wine Country, but not looking forward to the drive? The Winegrowers Association has you covered there, too.

“We have transportation partners that offer transportation for guests who don’t want to drive and want to be taken around,” DeHore said. “The Grapeline Wine Tours and Winery Hopper are two of our partners this year for transportation.”

DeHore said another great thing about the event is how it brings new guests every year. Ticket analytics show that about 60 percent of attendees have never been to the region before.

“This is a fundraising event for our Association, but it is also a great opportunity for us to market to guests who have never visited,” DeHore said.

For more information, visit the event website at

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Participating Wineries, Jan. 27

  • Baily Vineyard and Winery
  • Bel Vino Winery
  • Callaway Vineyard and Winery
  • Chapin Family Vineyards
  • Danza Del Sol Winery
  • Doffo Winery
  • Foot Path Winery
  • Frangipani Estate Winery
  • Leoness Cellars
  • Longshadow Ranch Winery
  • Lumiere Winery
  • Maurice Car’rie Winery
  • Miramonte Winery
  • Peltzer Family Winery
  • Thornton Winery
  • Vindemia Vineyard and Winery
  • Wiens Family Cellars
  • Wilson Creek Winery

Participating Wineries, Jan. 28

  • Avensole Winery
  • Briar Rose Winery
  • Carter Estate Winery
  • Cougar Vineyard and Winery
  • Europa Village
  • Falkner Winery
  • Fazeli Cellars
  • Hart Winery
  • Lorenzi Vineyards & Winery
  • Lorimar Vineyards & Winery
  • Masia De La Vinya Winery
  • Monte De Oro Winery
  • Mt. Palomar Winery
  • Oak Mountain Winery
  • Palumbo Family Winery
  • Ponte Winery
  • Robert Renzoni Winery
  • South Coast Winery

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