Europa Village: Old World Wines SoCAL Style

by Lanee Lee
( August 29th, 2011 )

LIBATION: Europa Village C’est La Vie 2007 En Vie/Bolero 2007 Tempranillo

LOCATION: Temecula Valley Wine Country, California

LEGACY: Take a whirlwind trip of Europe minus the jet lag. In Temecula Valley Wine Country, centrally located between Los Angeles and San Diego, Europa Village tasting room brings three European countries together in a one-stop wine tasting tour inspired by Spain, France and Italy.

Out of the nine wines we tasted, in the company of my gal pals and boyfriend, Europa Village’s Rhone Valley-inspired C’est La Vie 2007 En Vie or the Spanish-style Bolero 2007 Tempranillo were favorites for their surprisingly complex flavor profiles without being overstated as with many California wines.

We tried to convince Stefano Butto, our reserved but charming sommelier tasting guide direct from Piancenza, Italy, to give us a wine barrel squirt of their not-yet released Italian-style Vienza 2009 Sangiovese but much to my dismay, it was not ready. It would be worth becoming a Société Europa member to have first dibs on the Vienza 2009 Sangiovese.

Ravenscroft Crystal Amplifier Vintner’s Crystal Tasting Glass – Set of 4LOWDOWN: Besides a stunning location for a wedding or a reunion, Europa Village offers tastings in a peculiar wine glass I affectionately nicknamed, “The Dude’s Wine Glass”.  The Ravenscroft Amplifier Vintner’s Crystal Tasting Glass allows you to sniff, swirl, and swish fearlessly as the grip is reminiscent of a bowling ball grip! Available on Amazon.

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From our partners
On August 30th, 2011 at 1:05 am, wandering educators said:

lovely – such great photos! that glass is awesome.

On August 30th, 2011 at 7:04 am, Ciao Bambino! said:

Liking “The Dude’s Wine Glass” ... very functional indeed.

On August 30th, 2011 at 3:04 pm, Jennifer said:

To think that I live only around 90 minutes’ drive from Temecula, and still haven’t gotten to experience Europa Village! Thanks for the interesting post. It’s clearly a glaring gap in my SoCal travel knowledge.

On August 31st, 2011 at 7:17 pm, Wanderlush Diary said:

Jennifer, I felt the same as I discovered other little gems of Old Town Temecula, etc. If you want more Temecula winery recommends, be happy to share them.

On August 31st, 2011 at 7:18 pm, Wanderlush Diary said:

thanks so much Jessie! Gotta credit my lovely photographer boyfriend, Marc, for those photos!

On August 31st, 2011 at 7:21 pm, Wanderlush Diary said:

Yes indeed Ciao Bambino- quite practical if you enjoy swirling your wine like a dervish!

On September 6th, 2011 at 3:08 pm, Juliet Johnson said:

Three European countries in one wine tasting tour? That’s an awesome experience! And that wine glass looks very functional. I wonder if it’s feels comfy in my hands.

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