Michael and I have been to Temecula several times. Always on my list were some downtown tasting rooms, but somehow, as with all our wine country trips, we don’t make it. We get wrapped up in the vineyards and never find the time for those conveniently located downtown rooms. This was the case on our last trip to Temecula. When we finally made it downtown we had time for lunch and then the drive back to Vegas, so we couldn’t really do another tasting. None the less I had read about Villa di Calabro and was determined to at least stop by. They are located on a corner across from City Hall in Temecula’s old town in a charming house with gardens in front and back. They have two tasting bars, one for their wines and one for their olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Mike Calabro did our tasting, you can find either him or his wife running the tasting room every day. The variety of olive oils and balsamics is amazing! We left with a bottle of lime olive oil (the limes are crushed with the olives not infused into the oil later) and a bottle of the Peach Melba balsamic reduction. This is addictive. I drizzle it on everything. It is one of those things that I find difficult to taste with my eyes open. I close them and savor the flavor. My bottle is empty and they do not have a web site that I can find, so I guess we will be making another Temecula trip soon! I look forward to tasting their wines! When you visit you are welcome to bring a picnic and sit in the garden with a glass of wine and enjoy the fountain. It really is magical. Find them at 41955 Main Street in Temecula. Call ahead to check the tasting room times at (951)695-4525.
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