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December 31, 2015 | Mount Palomar Winery

Annata Bistro/Bar

Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula is opening a new restaurant, Annata Bistro/Bar on Friday, 1/8/16. Annata will feature a Mediterranean inspired menu developed by Chef Joseph Luna, including a diverse selection of small plates, pastas, and salads. Annata also has a full service bar and a new signature cocktail menu, along with beer on tap, and the Mount Palomar wines fans know and love. Opening day will have a special offer of  ½ priced drinks and appetizers from 4-8 pm. Annata has floor to ceiling windows surrounding the dining area, giving diners a stunning view of the surrounding valley and rolling hills covered in citrus trees and vineyards. The newly built exterior patio will also be open to diners, and features the same old world styling as the winery itself. Outside dining areas are complete with statues, budding flowers, elegant fire pits, and space heaters.  The restaurant and exterior patio will be added to the spaces available for private event bookings, joining the barrel room, outside terraces, and the Olive Garden. The full menu and hours are available online at

Time Posted: Dec 31, 2015 at 10:30 AM
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December 30, 2015 | Mount Palomar Weddings

Knot Reviews 2015


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For more information about weddings at Mount Palomar Winery, download our brochure here.

Time Posted: Dec 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM
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December 29, 2015 | Mount Palomar Winery

New Years Sale!

Get 6 bottles of Brut Sparkling Wine or 6 bottles of Riesling for $10 each!

Time Posted: Dec 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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December 25, 2015 | Mount Palomar Winery

Merry Christmas!

We hope that you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Christmas sale ends tomorrow, so order your wine today! Port and Sherry, 6 or more bottles for 35% off! Click here to go to the online store.

Time Posted: Dec 25, 2015 at 6:00 AM
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December 23, 2015 | Mount Palomar Weddings

Tiffani & Emerald


Cheers to Tiffani & Emerald Argonza who were married on October 2, 2015! Such a fun and beautiful day with a huge bridal party to share it with! Congratulations to another Mount Palomar Winery favorite couple!

If you're interested in having your wedding at Mount Palomar Winery, Click Here to download our wedding brochure. You can also schedule a private tour by calling 951.676.5047 ext. 17 or emailing Click here to see more wedding photos.

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Time Posted: Dec 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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December 18, 2015 | Mount Palomar Winery

14 Medals Mount Palomar Winery Won This Year

Award Winning Wines – Mount Palomar Winery 2015

We’re drawing close to the end of the year, and it’s a good time to look back over 2015.  This year was a fantastic year for Mount Palomar Winery – we finished the construction of a new patio, hosted some beautiful weddings, and brought home fourteen separate medals in wine competitions this year.  In fact, we earned a medal in every single contest that we entered in 2015, a total of fourteen medals for ten different wines.  Here are all of our award-winning wines:

2013 Cortese (White) Took home two medals!

Silver - Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Bronze - Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
Our Cortese has won awards every year, including "Best of Show" and "Best of Class" awards at major wine competitions. The 2013 Cortese is clean and well balanced, with firm structure, citrus nuances and the refreshing mineral quality of deep well water. Buy it online at:

2013 Dry Riesling (White) – Wine Club Exclusive

Silver - Riverside International Wine Competition
A Dry Riesling with an updated style, barrel aged with no residual sweetness. Buy it online at:

2013 Sangiovese Rose (Rose) Our Big winner! Three different medals!

Silver - Best of Class - Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
Silver - San Diego International Wine Competition
Bronze - The Rose Wine Competition
Our 2013 Sangiovese Rose is fragrant with scents of melon, stawberry and hints of rose. This is an "off dry" wine so it is finished with a hint of sweetness that balances and plays well with the natural acid level. Buy it online at:

2013 Nouveau (Red) – SOLD OUT

Gold - Riverside International Wine Competition
The 2013 Nouveau is sold out, but our 2014 was just released as an exclusive to our wine club members.  Wine club members can buy it online at If you’d like to join the wine club, sign up online at

2013 Castelletto Dolcetto (Red)

Silver - Riverside International Wine Competition
Bronze - Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
The 2013 Castelletto Dolcetto has a full nose with scents of cherry, blackberry, and hints of rose.  It has a bright taste with currents and blackberries balanced with a firm tannin structure. Buy it online at:

2010 Castelletto Sangiovese (Red)

Bronze  - Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
Tastes of plum with touches of strawberry complimented by hints of clove and nutmeg. Buy it online at:

2010 Trovato (Red) – SOLD OUT

Bronze - Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
You've missed your chance to get the 2010 Trovato, but you can try our other great reds online at

2010 Quartet (Red)

Bronze - Los Angeles International Wine Competition
The 2010 Quartet is a Rhone Style blend using our estate grown Rhone varietals. Quartet is fragrant with earthy scents of leather, cherry, violets and licorice. Buy it online at:

Shorty’s Bistro Red (Red)

Silver - San Diego International Wine Competition
This wine is a favorite every day red table blend of mostly Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Buy it online at:

Solera Cream Sherry (Sweet)

Silver - Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
One of Mount Palomar's signature wines, we've been making traditional cream Sherry since 1978. Aged a minimum of five years in California's only remaining outdoor solera gives this dessert wine a unique, rich flavor with roasted hazelnut and caramel flavors. Buy it online at:

This Award Winning wine is part of our Christmas sale! Buy 6 or more bottles of our Solera Cream Sherry or our Limited Reserve Port and you'll get 35% off! Wine Club members get 50% off! Order online now - the sale ends soon! Buy online here - or call 951.676.5047

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Time Posted: Dec 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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December 7, 2015 | Mount Palomar Winery

Holiday Mulled Wine

Mulled wine might be the perfect cold weather comfort drink.  It's warm and spiced the way a good hot cider is, but with the added flavor complexity that you can only get from really good wine.  The best part is, it's incredibly easy to make.


1 Bottle Shorty’s Bistro Red Wine

1/3 of a Bottle Limited Reserve Port

3/4 of a Cup Brown sugar                       

2 Sticks of Cinnamon               

3-4 Cloves                                   

2 Orange Wedges                   

1 Pinch of Allspice                             

1/2 Pinch of Nutmeg                                 

Combine all ingredients in large crockpot, turn to medium or low heat, and heat for at least one hour.  Remove the orange wedges before serving, and enjoy.  If you aren't serving that day, be sure to strain spices before storing. Be sure to refrigerate, but don't freeze.

If you'd like to try this recipe, you can buy Shorty's Bistro Red and our Limited Reserve Port in our online store.  Click here to shop! Port is on sale for the holidays, buy 6 or more bottles for 35% off! Wine Club Members get 50% off!

You can also get a hot glass of mulled wine in our tasting room at 33820 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA. For more information go to

Our Christmas Sale is still going on! Get 6 or more bottles of our Limited Reserve Port and our Solera Cream Sherry for 35% off! Wine club members get 50% off, but it's only for a limited time - buy them online here

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Time Posted: Dec 7, 2015 at 10:07 AM
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December 4, 2015 | Mount Palomar Winery

New Wines at Mount Palomar Winery

2010 Castelletto Sangiovese (Red) Award Winning Wine! Retail Price: $28 per bottle, Wine Club Price $22.40 Now available to everyone! Previously a wine club exclusive, our Castelletto Sangiovese is now available to everyone for tasting and for purchase. This is an award winning wine that received a Bronze medal at the Toast of The Coast Wine Competition.

 Mount Palomar Winery has a long tradition of producing Sangiovese, planting the first of these vines in the Temecula Valley.  The 2010 Sangiovese is richly scented with lilac and black currants, and has a smooth velvety feel in the mouth.  The tastes are of plum with touches of strawberry complimented by hints of clove and nutmeg.  This wine pairs nicely with red meats, BBQ, pastas with red sauces.

Buy it online here - 

2013 Dolcetto (Red) Award Winning Wine!Retail Price: $35 per bottle, Wine Club Price $28 This award winning wine has two medals - a bronze at the Toast of the Coast Wine Competition, and a silver at the Riverside International Wine Competition! The table wine that’s fit for a Queen, a bottle of Dolcetto was given as a gift to Queen Anne of England as coronation gift. This is Mount Palomar’s first and limited release of Dolcetto, a wonderfully deep varietal from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. Though this wine can benefit from extended bottle aging, the tradition is to bottle it earlier than other reds to preserve the bold fruit essence.  The nose is full with scents of cherry, blackberry and hints of rose, and it has a bright taste with currants and blackberry balanced by a firm tannin structure. 

Buy it online here -

New Wine Club Exclusives:

These Wines are available only to active wine club members.  If you are not a member, you can sign up at the winery or online at

Cinsaut Blush (White) - Retail $25, Club Price $20

Our 2013 Cinsaut Blush is a continued tradition of creating fine rose wines at Mount Palomar.  Our Blush is slightly sweet, well balanced with natural fruit acids, and is easy a smooth, easy to drink wine.  The scents are bright with pear and peach.  This wine has a soft feel in the mouth with distinctive tastes of tangerine, peach grapefruit, and rose, with a light tart finish.  Enjoy chilled and pair with seafood, poultry and dishes with sweet-hot spicing. Buy it here

Bacchanova (Red) - Retail $30, Club Price $24

At our 2015 Wine Club Blending Competition, this wine was deemed the best blend.  This wine could easily fit into the Super Tuscan category.  The wine has a wonderful and complex fragrance of cherry and strawberry with touches of rosemary and almond.  The flavors are rich with green apple, cherry, smoky pipe tobacco, and tonic water. Club members can buy it online at

2014 Nouveau (Red) - Retail $20, Club Price $16

Nouveaus, or Italian Novellos, represent the first wines to be released of a vintage. These wines have the character of being lighter and brighter and emphasize the fruit elements.  Nouveaus are not intended for extended aging so enjoy them early.  The 2014 Nouveau is best when swirled and allowed to breathe a moment.  The nose is earthy giving way to scents of raspberry and plum with hints of gardenia. The wine has a soft tartness with bright tastes of raspberry, cherry and pomegranate. Retail Price: $20 Wine Club Price:  If you are a club member, you can buy it online at

Our Christmas Sale is still going on! Get 6 or more bottles of our Limited Reserve Port and our Solera Cream Sherry for 35% off! Wine club members get 50% off, but it's only for a limited time - buy them online here


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Time Posted: Dec 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM
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November 9, 2015 | Mount Palomar Winery

The 4 Best Wines to Buy for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the time when you stop to remember all of the things that you’re grateful for, like friends and family, the end of a hot summer, and delicious California wines. If you’ve gotten through the family fight about who hosts Thanksgiving, who’s manly enough to carve the turkey, and how much pie is too much pie, and then realized you forgot the wine – don’t panic! It isn’t too late to get wine for Thanksgiving. If you’re looking for a holiday drink, here are our recommendations:

Brut Sparkling Wine – Sparkling wine is classic for all celebrations, and the slight sweetness is just enough to keep up with a solid Thanksgiving dinner

2013 Riesling – If you want to save the bubbly for dessert, try a Riesling with dinner – soft, sweet, floral and fruity, it’ll work well with the turkey and all of the trimmings

Solera Cream Sherry – The ultimate dessert wine, it’s creamy, sweet, caramel in a cup, and is just as good with pumpkin pie as it is with ice cream

2010 Artist Series Meritage – an American wine for an American holiday! BONUS: it’s on sale! For big families with big appetites, get 6 or more bottles for 40% off! If you'd like more information about Meritage (where does that name even come from?) you can find out more in our blog write up - 5 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About Meritage Wine

Order online and have it shipped directly to you, or to get it even faster, pay up front and pick up in the winery. You can also order by calling 951.676.5047

Time Posted: Nov 9, 2015 at 11:41 AM
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October 29, 2015 | Mount Palomar Winery

5 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About Meritage Wine

Mount Palomar Winery Fall Special: 2010 Artist Series Meritage

Now that fall is here and it’s finally starting to cool down in Temecula (it’s supposed to stay under 85 this week!) it’s time to talk about our fall specials.  Right now you can get 6 or more bottles of our Meritage wine for 40% off, and wine club members get 50% off - Before you buy a bottle (or 6) you may have a few questions, like what is Meritage wine? Is that the name of a grape, or a place, or what?

In Brief:  A Meritage is a wine blend of varietals originating from Bordeaux to produce a more traditional wine that is superior to a lone varietal.

If you’d like a little more detailed information, here are 5 things you (probably) don’t know about Meritage wine.

1) What the name means

 “Meritage” is a trademarked name, created in the 80’s by a group of vintners looking for a name to describe New World blended wines that followed Bordeaux traditions. The name “Meritage” comes from blending the word “merit”, referring to the high quality of the grapes used, and “heritage”, meant to reflect the long history of blended wines.  It is pronounced like Heritage, but just be sure to pronounce it close enough to get it in your glass.  Any winery that wants to use the term “Meritage” must belong to the Meritage Alliance, the group that owns the trademark.

2) It’s held to a very specific set of standards

To understand what is so great about a Meritage wine, try to think about what is so great about the wine traditions of the Bordeaux region of France.  The Alliance controls the name ‘Meritage’ much like France controls the name ‘Bordeaux’, and holds wineries that use the term to certain standards.  The American wine market tends to be Varietal driven, meaning we Americans tend to buy wine by the grape, favoring wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  Europeans tend to buy wine by the region that produced the wine, and they will often buy traditional blended wines.  Meritage is the New World’s way to return to the wine making traditions of the Bordeaux region.  There are many people who love Cabernet Sauvignon and that is great, but the grape by old tradition was never intended to be a lone varietal.  For many, the opinion is that Cabernet Sauvignon and related grapes are best when used as part of a blend.    

3) It does great things for the grape

Various Bordeaux varietals often develop earthy vegetative characters particularly that of Green Bell Pepper, which in excess are a flaw.  The vintners of Bordeaux have a long tradition of managing the character of their wines through what is done in both the vineyard and the cellar. One of the most important management methods is to properly blend their wines for a superior balance of taste and character.  Meritage producers follow these blending traditions.  When creating a Meritage it can be either red or white, but most commonly these wines are red.

 4) It can only be made from very specific grapes

Meritage is a classic blend made with wines that come from at least two traditional Bordeaux grape varieties. Red wines may be a blend of two or more varietals that include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, St. Macaire, Gros Verdot and Carmenere.  White wines may be blends of two or more of the varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Sauvignon Vert.  The blend will be consistently good from one vintage to the next, while specific varietals may vary in quality year to year. The vines of Bordeaux are a special group as they tend to be genetically closely related, and are adapted for the moist Atlantic influences that would rot the fruit of other varieties from drier regions.  These Bordeaux varietals commonly have loose clustered fruit that allow greater air circulation and thicker berry skins that resist rot and give the wines a distinctive character that differ from the varietals from other regions.

 5) Mount Palomar Meritage is a delicious take on these traditions

This tradition of excellence brought us to choose the Meritage to be bottled as our second edition to our Artist Series.  The nose is spicy with floral hints.  Smooth and round in the mouth, this blend is a soft melding of plum, cherry, currents and spice.  Complex while easy to drink, the 2010 Meritage provides an easy pairing with many dishes, in particular dishes of beef or lamb and red sauces. You can buy it online here – and remember, if you buy 6 or more bottles, you’ll get 40% off.

If you’d like to try our Artist Series Meritage, you can come by the tasting room, open every day from 10 – 6 on the winery grounds at 33820 Rancho California Rd. in Temecula, CA. You can get directions and more information on the tasting room page - For regular updates about new things at Mount Palomar, including new sales, special events, blog updates, and news about our new Restaurant (opening soon!) join our mailing list at

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Time Posted: Oct 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM