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Wineries

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Wineries

Are there any good recomendations for wineries in Orange County? Only there a day so not time to get to Nappa or Sonoma.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Wineries

The closest wineries to Orange County are in Temecula. (no people, the ones in Laguna Canyon are not "wineries).

http://www.temeculawines.org/

Here is a Google Maps.

http://goo.gl/maps/zb4zZ

Just change the starting point from Anaheim to where you are staying.

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I think Laguna Canyon Winery qualifies as a "winery." It just isn't a VINEYARD.

No grapes growing nearby. They use Napa and Sonoma grapes. But I think they do make their wine in Laguna Beach.

http://www.lagunacanyonwinery.com/

Personally, I've never tasted wine from Temecula grapes that I liked. I'd rather the grapes come from Northern California.

Edited: 06 February 2013, 23:45
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3. Re: Wineries

Another vote for the Temecula Wine County, a lot of Wineries, a great scenic drive through the Cleveland National Forest using Highway 74, a chance to spend the night and enjoy a Casino with Pechanga.

The drive isn't that long, about an hour or so depending on traffic and which route you take, and the area you are currently at.

Might be doing the drive this weekend, not much on the Winery, but for the scenic drives and some special offers from the Pechanga and Cahulla Casinos. Heck, no more football on Sundays ;)

Basically the 74 headed to the area, and then the freeways (I-15 to the 91) on the way home in the evening after dark.

Also, there are some interesting stops, such as the Lake Elsinore Outlet Mall if you are into that type of shopping. Also, plenty of Hot Air Balloons in the area that offer Sunrise trips.

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4. Re: Wineries

Terrific information, thanks. The list of Temecula wineries is great. Any of them recommend over others? The scenic drive makes for a very nice bonus.

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5. Re: Wineries

ReneeJean, there is a forum for Temecula. I'd go there and cruise through the "best tour" questions.

tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g33165-i650-Temecu…

Here is one good thread, I especially like response #12. I think John is right on in his recommendations.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g33165-i650-k50364…

As to the Laguna Canyon "winery", yes it qualifies technically, I think they really stretch the imagination as we discussed in a similar topic last month.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29092-i65-k607308…

My response in post #11 has a Google Maps Street View of the winery next door to the auto repair place. There is also a Street View of a Temecula winery for contrast.

That isn't to say I don't like the LC Winery, I do, I've been to several events there; it is just that I don't think it is what most visitors are after when they say they want to see a winery.

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Darkbeer, I took 74 once driving by myself, scary road, pretty but scary, I would take the 76 instead.

Cats, try Hart if you like reds, they have very good ones, small and family run.

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7. Re: Wineries

I think the 74 is fine (in daylight) as long as you follow the speed limits and it is an incredibly scenic drive.

I do agree that not only does Hart have good wines, but I think it is one of the prettiest wineries in Temecula.

http://www.hartfamilywinery.com/

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I appreciate you all taking the time to offer advice. We prefer red so will definitely try Hart. I'll check out the Temecula forum as well.

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55vineyard -- Thanks for the recommendation. I'll have to give Hart a try. It's not that I wouldn't like there to be a local wine I liked, I just haven't found one.

As for the highly touted Callaway --- YUCK! It always tastes like it's mixed with motor oil. They should stick to making golf clubs.

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10. Re: Wineries

I agree on the 76, it is pretty quick. The 74 can be brutal. The wineries closest to the 15 are usually overcrowded. Its good to start at the end of the road and work our way back. Doffo is a good starting point. Falkner is a good place to eat.

And if you can avoid the weekends.