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It's California Wine Month: How Will You Celebrate?

The whole month of September is dedicated to California wines–which local wineries deserve some recognition?

Did you know Gov. Jerry Brown proclaimed September to be California Wine Month? Well, he did and you can celebrate with a glass of pinot or a local wine tour. It's only right.

California has been known for its favorable climate for growing grapes, especially regions in Northern California like Napa and Sonoma. But Southern California is earning its own name in the wine industry, with places like Temecula and even neighboring Ramona.

According to WineInstitute.org, California consisted of almost half of all U.S. wineries with 3,364 total. The site also states that California produces an average of 90 percent of total U.S. wine production, so it's only fair we have a whole month dedicated to the fermented grape juice.

Temecula is holding its annual wine event, CRUSH: Temecula Valley 3rd Annual Wine & Culinary Showcase, a multi-winery harvest festival with wine, food and live music on Sept. 15.

Get started sooner and visit Temecula Wine Country by heading east on Rancho California Road. Stop at , , or any of the several dozen wineries. For a full list, click here.

If you feel like traveling to Ramona, get a fix at any of the wineries in town, like Woof'n Rose, Schwaesdall, Salerno, Pamo Valley and Edwards Vineyard and Cellars, to name a few.

So tell us, how do you plan to celebrate California Wine Month in our ever-growing wine country?

SPB September 05, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Oh darn, an excuse to drink wine... ok fine, you twisted my arm.
Sam September 05, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Isn't everyday whine day around here?
Galactic Cannibal September 05, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Answer to the question How Will You Celebrate. Get Sh*t faced.
Sandy Neal September 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Several of us gather, usually on a early Sunday afternoon at various wineries for picnic's and wine sharing while enjoying the music offered by each winery. Our wineries are family friendly and all have a winery dog or two. Our valley's wineries are "Alive" with families, food, education, events, entertainment, fundraisers, beautiful views, pleasant days and evenings and support for our local business through out our valley. They also provide major financial assets to our valley, which in turn provides YOU with many of the things that you love and enjoy everyday here in Temecula.
Mr. Temecula September 06, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I know exactly how I'm going to celebrate and that’s by getting loaded and driving home on Rancho California Road. Due to the regulations put forth by the Temecula City Council DUI checkpoints are illegal on Rancho California because they could negatively affect the Wineries bottom line. Happy Motoring!
John September 07, 2012 at 01:25 AM
A day without a glass of wine is like a day without sex! I really enjoy Faulkner for the dining,service and of course their wines! Ponte is always enjoyable for the same thing, both have staffs that are friendly and professional! Wilson is always busy,but the people there are very friendly and again good wines! I had visited Cheron before,and was not really impressed,but I called for a reservation,and the lady on the phone spoke like she had better things to do! As they say,impressions whether in person or over the phone are lasting! The wineries over all can compete with wine anywhere! I have a friend from France who is in the business, and she was VERY impressed with Temecula!

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