Mount Palomar Winery is celebrating 48 years of history in Temecula wine country. The first vineyards at Mount Palomar were planted in 1969, making us the second oldest winery in the valley. We have been pioneers in wine country ever since - planting Temecula's first Sangiovese grapes, opening the first wine tasting cave, and starting the oldest outdoor Sherry Solera in the United States.
Our July wine club shipment was released on July 23rd, 2017, and it included four new wine releases: Our 2013 Castelletto Sangiovese, 2014 Castelletto Dolcetto, 2014 Castelletto Cortese, and 2015 Muscato di Amore.
Mount Palomar was the first grower of Sangiovese in the Temecula Valley and has planted seven unique clones. The 2013 Sangiovese is very aromatic with honey, lily, carnation, all spice and chocolate. The wine is medium bodied with a bright garnet color. The tastes are complex with strawberry, boysenberry, plum, Bartlett pear, cloves, and pipe tobacco. This wine is best if allowed to breathe before serving. It pairs well with red meat, BBQ and red sauces.
Dolcetto is not commonly grown in California and when it is it usually produced in a soft light style. We create a big bold red in the Superiore style with firm tannin structure which has become very popular at Mount Palomar. The nose is of blackberry, pomegranate, cherimoya, fuji apple, fennel, and sweet spice. The taste is bright but complex with sour cherry, green apple, cranberry, and dark plum. The wine is still young and will benefit from continued again and is best if allowed to breathe before serving.
This is a wine club exclusive, only available to wine club members in good standing. If you'd like to try our 2014 Castelletto Dolcetto, you can click here to join the wine club online.
A rare Italian varietal in California, Cortese is of Mount Palomar’s own clone which is produced from the Mother Block. This dry white wine has heady scents of pear, lychee, almond and citrus blossom. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy with tastes of pear, coconut and lemoncello. Our Cortese is great to be enjoyed by itself or with seafood, poultry and light pork dishes.
This blend of Muscat varietals is bright with scents of honeysuckle, lychee and papaya. Lightly sweet, this wine is refreshing with tastes of Mandarin Orange, papaya, mango, Key Lime and honey. This wine pairs well with poultry, pork, white fish and Asian cuisine.
All of these delicious new releases are available in our tasting room or our online wine store. Want to be the first to receive new wine releases? Click here to join the wine club online! Club members save at least 20% on all non premium wines along with free monthly wine tastings, discounts on food at Annata Bistro/Bar, and more.
Located on 315 beautiful acres in the heart of Temecula wine country, Mount Palomar Winery has been proudly growing and producing award-winning wines since 1969. Escape for a day! Explore our winery, take in the breathtaking views of the vineyards and valley, and enjoy wine tasting with friends. You'll never forget your experience at Mount Palomar Winery!
Cloudbreak is back! We're talking with winemaker James Rutherford about what makes this premium red blend so special.
Every year Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula hosts our wine blending competition, giving you the chance to create your own unique wine blend. You'll work as a team to mix a brand new blend of wine, and the winning blend will be sold in the tasting room and online. If your wine is selected, you'll receive a 1/2 a case when it's released!
Don't wait to register, this event will fill up fast!
Competition is on Sunday February 19th, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Registration: $45 Per Person - Max 2 people for Villa Club, 4 people for Estate Club
Preorder Lunch: $15 Per Person - Lunch will be served at Annata Bistro/Bar the day of the contest starting at 12:00 PM. Preorder lunches include your choice of turkey or portabello sandwich, fries or a side salad, and a brownie, and a glass of Shorty's Bistro Red or White.
This is a wine club exclusive event, and you must log in to your wine club account in order to register. If you're not in the wine club yet, click here to join online. Already in the club? Then click here to register!
Here are some Temecula treats that make a perfect Valentine's Day gift for someone you love. There's a special dessert wine from Mount Palomar Winery in there too!
If you'd like to get a bottle of Solera Cream Sherry for your Valentine, you can click here to purchase it online. Looking for a little bit more? Make reservations for a four course meal for two at Annata Bistro/Bar. Click here for the full menu and to make reservations online.
We brought back our signature mulled wine for the holiday season and decided to update our recipe for 2016! You can stop by our tasting room or our on-site restaurant Annata Bistro/Bar for delicious hot glass, or use this recipe to make your own at home. The best part is, it's incredibly easy to make.
1 Bottle Shorty’s Bistro Red Wine
1/4 of a Bottle Limited Reserve Port
1/4 of a Bottle of Mont Noir Dessert Wine
3/4 of a Cup Brown sugar 2 Sticks of Cinnamon
4-5 Whole 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.
Our Christmas sale is going on through 12/31/16, click here to see what's on sale! (Hint: it includes one of the wines you'll need to make mulled wine at home.)
Every other month we send a shipment of 2 - 4 winemaker selected Mount Palomar Wines to our wine club members. If you've ever wondered what kind of wines club member's receive, here are the wines we sent out for November of 2016. If you'd like to start getting wine club shipments, as well as free wine tastings and discounts on wine and food, you can click here to join the wine club online. If you sign up by August 29th, you'll get this month's wine club shipment!
Wine Club members receive the first chance to try newly released Mount Palomar Wines, including the first bottles of our 2013 Viognier! This dry white wine went out to both our white club and our mixed club. It's a wonderful example of this varietal that originated in Southern France and thrives in Temecula Valley. The scents are sweet and distinctive of Arabian Jasmine, and honey with very prominent aromas of tropical rambutan fruit. The tastes are creamy with peach, Pippin Apple and exotic tastes of lychee and soursop. This is a creamy, dry (not sweet) wine with intense fruit elements that will pair well with poultry, pork, sea food and a broad array Asian dishes.
For the new 2013 Dry Riesling we chose to update and change the style of this wine to have no residual sweetness and include barrel aging. These efforts were rewarded by the wine being medaled just prior to release. The wine is fragrant with scents of pineapple, melon, pear and floral hints of jasmine. The texture is smooth and silky in the mouth with delicate tastes of kiwi fruit, lychee, and Braeburn Apple. Our Dry Riesling is great during any season, but is particularly refreshing during the summer months and pairs wonderfully with fish, poultry and soft cheeses.
Another new release that went out to the wine club first! This Mount Palomar was the first grower of Sangiovese in the Temecula Valley and has planted seven unique clones. The 2011Sangiovese is bottled under our Castelletto label and emphasizes the strong character of this unblended varietal. The wine has the classic varietal brick red hue with spicy aromas of anise, allspice, carnation and cherry. The tastes are bright with raspberry, strawberry, lemon zest and deep with Italian Prune. This wine is a favorite standard that is enjoyed by itself or paired with red meats, BBQ and pastas with red sauces.
Extended aging in a mix of French and American barrels.
Nouveaus, or Italian Novellos, represent the first wines to be released of a vintage. Made famous by the French Beaujolais, Nouveau wines are fermented differently than other red wines. 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. This wine is very easy to pair with anything from poultry to red meat, is excellent with cheeses and is a perfect complement to Thanksgiving dinner. It is also great slightly chilled when served on a hot day.
We are well known for our Sangiovese Rose that we produce with just a slight sweetness balanced against crisp acid making this a bright and refreshing wine.
Our 2014 Sangiovese Rose is fragrant with scents of Newtown Pippin Apple, honeydew and hints of carnation. The wine has prominent tastes of melon and strawberry with tangy tangerine. Pair this wine with seafood, pork and poultry and soft cheeses.
The 2013 Riesling is well balanced, medium sweet and is a small scale ultra premium production of this type of wine. The fruit was allowed to ripen to perfection and emphasize floral and tropical character. The nose is bright with soft scents of jasmine and papaya. Tropical tastes of lychee, papaya and star fruit compliment apricot, peach and honey. Serve chilled with soft cheeses, fresh fruit, Asian cuisine, white fish and poultry.
If you are not a wine club member, you can still buy some of these wines through our online store, just click here! If you'd like to buy these wines at the discounted member price, or if you’d like access to our wine club exclusives, you can join the wine club online (just click here!) or by calling (951) 676-5047 ext. 12. Join today and you'll receive not just bimonthly shipments of wines, but also free tastings in the tasting room, 10% off food in Annata, exclusive sales and discounts on special events (like the upcoming Murder Mystery Dinner!) and more. Click here and sign up receive the next shipment!
Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula is proud to release a new red blend, the winner of our 2016 Wine Blending Competition, Miscela Buona:
This unexpected red blend is made up of 40% Sangiovese, 30% Syrah, 20% Zinfandel, and 10% Viognier. Our winemaker selected it as the best blend in our Annual Club Member's blending competition, beating out some very tough competition mixed by other members. According to winemaker James Rutherford "...The team created a new wine that is very fragrant, fruit forward, and earthy. The scents are heavy with sweet spice and floral notes of lily and carnation. The taste is of Boysenberry, dark fruit and cocoa balanced against black pepper and orange bitters. This wine is round and full in the mouth. It is a great pairing for red meat and spicy Mexican dishes."
This new release is a wine club exclusive, taking the place of our 2011 Castelletto Trovato on the exlusive menu and making that wine open to the general public.
If you would like to have access to wine club exclusive wines, as well as the opportunity to participate in next year's wine club only Annual Blending Competition, click here for more information and to join the wine club online.
Every other month we send a shipment of 2 - 4 winemaker selected Mount Palomar Wines to our wine club members. So far this year we sent shipments in January, March, May, and July, with another shipment going out next month. If you've ever wondered what kind of wines club member's receive, here are the wines we sent out for July of 2016. If you'd like to start getting wine club shipments, as well as free wine tastings and discounts on wine and food, you can click here to join the wine club online. If you sign up by August 29th, you'll get this month's wine club shipment!
Shorty's Bistro White - This is a definite crowd pleaser that is fresh, bright and easy to drink. Shorty’s is fragrant with pineapple, peach and honeysuckle. Serve chilled and enjoy tropical tastes with pineapple, lemon, pear and canary melon. Perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day and pairs well with seafood or poultry dishes.
2013 Cinsaut Blush - Our 2013 Cinsaut Blush is a continued tradition of creating fine rosé 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 taste of tangerine, peach grapefruit, and rose that has a light tart finish. Enjoy chilled and pair with seafood, poultry and dishes with sweet-hot spicing.
We're sending out a new wine club shipment on September 12th, sending 2 - 4 new Winemaker selected wines! if you want to receive the next round of delicious wine maker selected wines, then click here to sign up by August 29th!
2012 Artist Series Meritage - New Release! Wine club members received the first release of our new vintage of Meritage! Meritage is a classic blend of at least three traditional Bordeaux grape varieties to achieve a well balanced, complex wine. The 2012 vintage has scents of cherry, plum, and blueberry, with hints of rose water and nutmeg. The taste is bright and round with Bing cherry, orange bitters, and spiced rum. This is a full bodied, robust red wine of superior quality that is a perfect match for our Artist Series Label. Aged 36 months in a mix of French, American and Hungarian oak barrels.
2014 Nouveau - Nouveaus, or Italian Novellos, represent the first wines to be released of a vintage. Made famous by the French Beaujolais, Nouveau wines are fermented differently than other red wines. 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. This wine is very easy to pair with anything from poultry to red meat and is excellent with a variety of cheeses. It is also great slightly chilled when served on a hot day.
If you love red wine, and you'd like to receive regular shipments of Mount Palomar Winery's reds, you can join the wine club online here - http://bit.ly/mpwineclub Just select Estate Club red for four bottles every other month, or Villa Club red to receive two. If you love both red and white wines and want to receive a mixed shipment, choose Villa or Estate club mixed. Sign up by August 29th to receive the May shipment!
Solanus - Solanus is our late harvest style dessert wine made from Palomino grapes. This is a heavily fragrant wine with prominent scents of butterscotch and carnations. The wine is smooth with syrupy tastes of Barlett Pear, passion fruit and quince. This wine can be served either cold to bring forward fresh elements with a lighter sweetness or at room temperature for heavy robust concentrated flavors.
Brut Sparkling Wine - A classic sparkling wine with smooth texture with a light sweetness and a refreshing, crisp finish. Perfect for all toasts, celebrations, and special occasions.
If you are not a wine club member, you can still buy most of these wines through our online store, just click here! If you'd like to buy these wines at the discounted member price, or if you’d like access to our wine club exclusives, you can join the wine club online (just click here!) or by calling (951) 676-5047 ext. 12. If you only want to receive sweet wines, make sure to select Villa Club sweet or Estate Club sweet during checkout. Click here and sign up by August 29th to receive the next shipment!
Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula is happy to announce the release of our wine club exclusive 2012 Meritage! Meritage is a blended wine, distinctly American in origin, but made using at least 3 traditional Bordeaux grape varieties. Our 2012 Meritage is well balanced, complex, has scents of cherry, plum, and blueberry, with hints of rose water and nutmeg. The taste is bright and round with Bing cherry, orange bitters, and spiced rum. This is a full bodied, robust red wine of superior quality that is a perfect match for our Artist Series Label.
If you'd like to try our 20120 Meritage and you're a wine club member, you can click here to buy it online, or you can come by and try it in our tasting room, open every day from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Click here to see more about wine tastings at Mount Palomar Winery.
The 2012 Meritage is a wine club exclusive! If you'd like to join the wine club and get access to wine club exclusives, as well as discounts on wine purchases and complimentary tastings, you can click here for more information.