The white is the Thornton 2008 Gewürztraminer. Thornton is a winery in Temecula, California that is best known for their sparkling wines. Temecula is a popular place to visit due to its proximity to Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego which are roughly all equidistant from it. It’s a hot, dry area sitting south of Lake Elsinore and north of Escondido off of Interstate 15 inland and over the mountains from Camp Pendleton on the coast.
For the red, we’re going with a wine we’ve tasted many, many times and picked up while filming our California’s Hidden Wine Country video a couple of weeks ago. It’s the Centro Basco Red from Galleano Winery in Mira Loma, California.
There are only two places on this earth to get it. As the house red at Centro Basco (where they call it a Claret) at $8 a bottle or here at the winery for $5 a bottle. Yes, those prices are not typos.
It’s a much better wine than the price suggests and one of the true bargains in wine but you’ll have to travel to the Inland Empire to get it. Definitely worth the trip, especially if that includes dinner at Centro Basco.