Michael and I visited Villa di Calabro’s tasting room on a trip a while back to Temecula. They are located downtown in a charming little yellow house built in 1927, close to the Public House (great restaurant!) and across from the City Hall. It was our last day in Temecula for this particular trip and we were getting ready to drive home, so we didn’t taste the wine, but we did taste the olive oil, vienegar and balsamics! This was an amazing tasting. They have sooo many different types of olive oils and a wide variety of balsamics and balsamic reductions. I am in love with the Peach Melba. Mike Calabro guided us through the tasting. He and his wife Mindy can typically be found here running the tasting room. They have a painter’s palatte that they fill with about 18 different types of olive oil for the tasting and Mike guides you through the differences and the methods of creating these olive oils. I’m a geek and I found it fascinating. The vinegars are amazing and I love to use the reductions for a simple salad dressing.
Mike was the winemaker at Wilson Creek a while back and at one point bought an Italian olive press to make olive oil at home. That was the beginning of something amazing. They have a gorgeous garden out back where you can enjoy a glass of wine after tasting.
I look forward to getting back, tasting some of their wines and picking up some more of their olive oils and balsamic reductions!