While Lorimar Vineyards and Winery is a Tuscan-style wine establishment, the view from its windows is distinctly Californian. Nestled between orange groves and 22 acres of lush vineyards, the Temecula Valley winery affords visitors breathtaking glimpses of Mount Palomar and the Santa Ana Mountains. However, this scenery is only a backdrop to the winery's true reason for being: its award-winning wines.
Devised by brothers-in-law Lawrie Lipton and Mark Manfield—"Lorimar" is a mash-up of their first names—the winery's catalog focuses on approachable wines with a fruit-forward style. On the sunset patio, visitors can savor sips of specialties such as the Solo, their estate cabernet sauvignon. On weekends, live music often accompanies these glasses, creating a festive atmosphere.
The benchmark grape at Fazeli Cellars is the Shiraz, due both to its popularity and it’s ties to the Fazeli family’s heritage. The wine is named for the fabled city of ancient Persia, and harkens back to a time when Shiraz was famous for making wine. Today, Fazeli Cellars bottles and blends Shiraz more than any other grape. The richly layered 2009 Shiraz, for example, is a complex wine with notes of blackberry, black pepper, and clove, and brought home a gold from the 2013 Wine Marker Challenge. In addition the Shiraz, they also produce a host of award-winning wines, with a catalogue that leans heavily toward red. Ruby options include the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Mehregan blend, and Grenache, but for white lovers, Fazeli also makes a fresh, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc, an acidic wine with a finish as clean as Martha Stewart's mudroom.
A touchscreen stereo system equipped with video, DVD, CD, iPod, and MP3 capabilities. Tunes blaring from a satellite radio with 130 channels. Running backs racing toward the end zone on two 15-inch televisions. What could easily pass for high-end amenities in a sprawling hotel suite are all tucked into A Vineyard Tour of Temecula’s luxurious customized limousine van. The black van boasts seating for up to six passengers, who enjoy the vehicle’s bells and whistles as they roll past breathtaking landscapes of Temecula wine country during beer and wine tours, periodically stopping to sample local varietals and brews. Along with libation-centric excursions, A Vineyard Tour of Temecula makes its ride available for anything concert and casino trips to luxurious lifts to weddings or extra glamorous parent-teacher conferences.
Sunrider Wine Tours' knowledgeable guides⎯all of whom are or have been local-winery and vineyard employees⎯cart tourists through Southern California wine country's rural terrain in open-air or covered Jeeps. The guides share information on Temecula's history and first-hand knowledge of vino-making processes while shuttling guests to tastings at local wineries and answering questions, such as what tannins are and who invented grapes.
The idea for California Fruit Wine was hatched in 2009, when a friend of Alan and Brian Haghighi introduced the twin brothers to small batches of homemade fruit wine. Since those first sips, Alan and Brian have continued to help wine drinkers break free from grape-based conventions, utilizing such fruit as pomegranates, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, and pumpkins as the foundation for an ever-growing arsenal of flavors. The winery fills glasses with unique bouquets, and—like the microbreweries throughout Vista Business Park—buys its ingredients from vendors up and down the west coast rather than growing them or stealing them from the refrigerators of napping bears. California Fruit Wine's spacious facility, which is stocked with a stage, bar, and pool table, can also be rented out for parties and private events.
The combination of homemade thin-crust dough, house-made sauce, and eclectic ingredients helped net Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co. a gig as the official pizza for the Anaheim Ducks. At the chain's more than 15 locations, much more than pizza is served: the extensive menu brims with crisp salads, pastas, burgers, sandwiches, and wings. Additionally, Oggi’s brews its own beer, serving libations as fresh as laps from the vat and winning the title of Champion Small Brewing Company at the World Beer Cup in 2004. In between swigs of beer, patrons can catch sports games or competitive news broadcasts on one of the eatery's flat-screen TVs.
The sounds of conversation and laughter compete with the clinking of glasses in The Wine Artist’s lofty venue. The space sprawls over 2,500 square feet, with plenty of room to host private parties, bridal events, corporate events, and private cooking classes. Events at The Wine Artist feature unique wines, gourmet catering, and experiences such as wine bottling and team building activities.