By The Mystery Wino
Special to Valley News
Greetings, gentle readers and fellow Grape-Nuts! Thank you for joining me for what I hope will be the first of many entertaining columns about the wineries of Temecula Valley.
Two decades ago, my wife and I moved here from Washington, D.C. Slowly but surely, I morphed into a hopeless wine nerd. I read dozens of books, watched every documentary, took a class or two, and spent too much time at the local wineries. In 2012, we relocated to wine country, where I doubled down on my passion for the vine. Ultimately, I planted 3 acres of Syrah and Sangiovese, selling the fruit to local wineries when not harvesting it myself. I made wine from my grapes in 2016, 2017, and 2020.
While Temecula was my introduction to “bottled poetry,” I now enjo