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By Jeff Pack

Winegrowers plan annual barrel tasting event


Last updated 1/7/2019 at 11:56am

Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association photo

Jim Hart offers a taste direct from the barrel to a visitor at last year's Temecula Valley annual Barrel Tasting event.

Preparations are underway for the Temecula Valley annual Barrel Tasting event, Jan. 28-29, hosted by the the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association.

"This event allows guests to visit wineries that they may have never visited before," Krista Chaich, executive director of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association, said. "And gives them the opportunity to be immersed in the amazing food and wine scene in Temecula, as each winery pairs food with their wine offerings."

The event offers ticket holders a self-guided taste and tour of Temecula Valley Wine Country to enjoy unfinished barrel and tank wine samples, as well as finished and newly released wines.

Tickets are available for single-day at 18 wineries or two-day for all 36 visits.

"They can expect a lot of food and wine, and often will get the opportunity to meet with the winery owner and/or the winemaker," Chaich said. "It's a very fun experience, as they are able to visit a lot of wineries in a short amount of time and are able to 'taste the place,' if you will.

"The majority of our event guests aren't able, but there are a few very committed guests that are able to experience each of our 36 wineries in two days."

The featured wineries Saturday, Jan. 26, include: Baily Winery, Briar Rose Winery, Carter Estate & Winery, Cougar Vineyard and Winery, Doffo Winery, Fazeli Cellars, Foot Path Winery, Hart Winery, Lumiere Winery, Masia de la Vinya Winery, Maurice Car'rie Winery, Mount Palomar Winery, Palumbo Family Vineyard & Winery, Peltzer Winery, Robert Renzoni Vineyards, South Coast Winery, Thornton Winery and Wilson Creek Winery.

Participating wineries Sunday, Jan. 27, include: Avensole Winery, Bel Vino Winery, Callaway Vineyard and Winery, Chapin Family Vineyards, Danza del Sol Winery, Europa Village, Falkner Winery, Frangipani Winery, Leoness Cellars, Lorenzi Estate Vineyards and Winery, Lorimar Winery, Miramonte Winery, Monte de Oro Winery, Oak Mountain Winery, Ponte Winery, Vindemia Vineyards & Estate Winery and Wiens Family Cellars.

Participating wineries are subject to change without advance notice.

Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association photo

Ticket holders can visit 18 wineries on one day or all 36 wineries over the course of two days during the barrel tasting event.

"As we're a nonprofit association, we are the hosts of this event and it is a fundraiser for our organization," Chaich said. "But it's also a true 'friendraiser' in that we're able to introduce our event attendees to wineries they may not have known about, or have visited before. We want all of our guests to be able to experience as many of our wonderful Temecula Valley wineries as possible."

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, and tickets are available at

Tickets are $140 for two days and $90 for a single day. Grapeline Wine Tours is providing shuttle service, as well as packages that offer both Barrel Tasting tickets and transportation.

The event is limited to guests age 21 and older, and all guests must have a ticket for entry and tickets cannot be shared. The event will be held rain or shine. All ticket sales are final non-refundable or replaceable.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at [email protected]


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