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“Best off-the-beaten-path winery in San Diego or Temecula”

Shadow Mountain Vineyards & Winery
Reviewed 25 March 2008

If you're a wine fan and are planning a trip to the Julian area, Anza Borrego, or Temecula and you find that you have a bit of extra time, you'll find it well-worth the effort to stop by the tasting room at Shadow Mountain Vineyards (a few miles north of the Warner Springs resort, off of Highway 79).

The winery specializes in red wines and easily hold their own with some of the better local wineries, such as Orfila and Hart. The winery is owned by Pamela and Alexander McGeary, and Pamela staffs the tasting room on weekends. She's extremely personable and will help guide your tasting towards your own wine preferences. We've visited three times over the past year, and she's had different varietals and vintages open for pouring each time that we've visited.

Shadow Mountain feels like a true boutique winery (it reminds me of some of the Sonoma tasting rooms that I used to frequent when I lived in the Bay Area 10 years ago) and lacks the Disneyland-esque atmosphere of many of the Temecula wineries.

If you like good red wine and enjoy a personal tasting room experience, you'll love Shadow Mountain.

5  Thank Michelle R
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