Greetings! My name is Aaron Saltzman, and I’m the administrator for Temecula Wine Ratings. I’m a WSET Level II certified wine and spirits professional. I’ve had a passion for wines and spirits since 2011, when a couple close friends and I founded a tech start-up for alcoholic beverage brands called Slingr. I believe wines and spirits embody a unique confluence of art, science, history and culture, and I have tremendous respect for those who’ve mastered the craft of winemaking and distilling.
I moved with my wife and dog to Temecula Wine Country in July 2017, and quickly fell in love with the area. As a winemaking region, the Temecula Valley AVA is the quintessential start-up. For decades, it was considered too difficult a climate to produce outstanding wines. But with time, education, and iteration, the region has come into its own. In fact, Wine Enthusiast listed Temecula as a global top 10 travel destination in 2019.
This blog is my way of sharing that love for Temecula wines — especially those wines which are a cut above the rest.
I believe wines and spirits embody a unique confluence of art, science, history, and culture.
Before continuing, a disclosure:
Most wine ratings focus on “how much the traits of a particular wine ‘typify’ the style and region it’s from.” And all wine ratings are subjective. With that said, Temecula is a relatively new winemaking region, offering a range of styles. While I will certainly try to focus on how varietals and blends should taste (e.g., typicity for similar regions/climates, identifiable faults, etc.), much of these ratings will incorporate how enjoyable the wine was to drink — which, like all wine ratings, is entirely subjective.
All that aside, if you’ve stumbled on this site, I hope these ratings are a helpful guide into the eclectic world of Temecula wines.
Do you summarize your ratings is tabular format?
Hi, Paul. Thank you for the suggestion. I had been considering building something like that, but wasn’t sure how interested readers would be. Working on that now and will have something up soon!
Paul, because you asked for it, I want you to be among the first to know: https://temeculawineratings.com/wine-list-view/