Visit Temecula Valley Announces Top 5 Holiday Wines

Temecula Valley Wine

As the holiday season approaches, wine lovers will be searching for wines that complement holiday dinners and can please a wide array of palates. Whether it’s a small gathering or a large soiree, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country offers something for every wine personality. From sparkling, white, red, or dessert wines, wine lovers are sure to find a wine that will work well for their holiday entertaining and gift-giving.

Bubbly:Thornton Brut Reserve NV

Made using the “Méthode Champenoise,” this Temecula Valley sparkling wine is blended from individual vineyard lots of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir. This special Cuvee, assembled and finished in 2010 shows delicate apple and toasted yeast aromas in the nose, brought out by fine bubbles in the glass.

Food Pairing: Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds


White: 2015 Cougar Falanghina

Cougar Vineyard & Winery’s 2015 Falanghina boasts a 90 point score and was a Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice. Juicy apple and pears show on the nose, along with white flowers, and a pleasant minerality. The palate offers mouth-watering acidity, with notes of key lime, apricot and slate.

Food Pairing: Garlic Shrimp Skewers


Light Red: 2012 Fazeli Phel Phel

This unique blend of 95% Cinsaut and 5% Shiraz is the perfect white wine drinker’s red. Light and lively, it offers up cherry fruit and subtle hints black pepper, cigar, and spice. A bright and food-friendly wine with soft but ample tannins.

Food Pairing: Roasted Duck with Balsamic Glazed Cherries


Hearty Red: Lorenzi Estate 2013 Syrah

This single vineyard Temecula Valley Syrah, fermented and aged in 100% French oak, is bursting with dried…

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