The Southland is on the Rise Again
Temecula Valley produces some of the best wines in California. Yes, the little valley near San Diego is giving Napa Valley a run for its money - at least in the awards division.
by Clark Smith
August 24, 2009
As the California State Fair announced its Varietal Best of Class and Sweepstakes Best of Show awards for 2009, not a single Napa wine was listed. What region garnered the most medals? That would be the Temecula Valley. A secret renaissance is taking place among the thirty-nine producers who call “land of the Rainbow Gap” home. Time to write the sequel to the well known tale of Eli Callaway’s 1969 gamble, which improbably established this ocean-cooled high desert as a tourist Mecca and affordable white wine source.