Although we've had great experiences in the past with two or three wineries that we know well in the Temecula area, we thought this trip we would visit a couple of wineries that would be new to us. The first one we tried proved to be the worst wine tasting experience we have ever tried, but as we were leaving (without even bothering to finish our tasting), our son-in-law found out about Doffo Winery from a limo driver that was waiting for his clients to finish their tasting. On the limo driver's advice alone, we set off for Doffo Winery where we had an awesome tasting experience.
It turned out that our tasting was personally conducted by the winery's founder, who proved to be very entertaining, but also very knowledgeable about the wine. He is of Argentinian descent and when we asked what brought him to America, he said, "Pictures of dead Presidents." He then pulled out a wad of $20's to make his point.
The winery specializes in bold red wines, our favorite. Although the wines may be priced higher than many of their winery competitors in the area, the tasting proves the point that you definitely get what you pay for at Doffo.
Our favorite wines at Doffo (and the ones that drew us into their wine club membership despite the fact that we thought we were in enough wine clubs) were as follows:
1. The 2009 Tiarella (far and away the best wine we've had in Temecula, but a bit pricey at $89/bottle (club price).
2. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve
3. The 2011 Unfiltered Syrah
4. Their 2009 Vinosanto dessert wine was amazing.
Although tasting wine is the primary reason to visit this winery, it is also a great spot to see the founder's extensive motorcycle collection. We were also very impressed with the tastings offered of Italian Wedding soup prepared by the founder's daughter, who was also serving wine tastings the day we were there.
Next time you're within miles of Temecula, I highly recommend a stop at Doffo (along with stops at both Wiens and Palumbo wineries.
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