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Temecula winemakers are sick of the haters. They want to change your mind about SoCal wine

Temecula winemakers are sick of the haters. They want to change your mind about SoCal wine

For many wine sophisticates, “Southern California wine” is an oxymoron.

The criticisms of the wines, usually produced in Temecula, are vast: They’re too sweet, the aromas are funky, they lack the complexity and flavor found in wines from Napa or even Paso Robles.

“When I tell Central Coast winemakers that I’m going south to explore Temecula wines, they say, ‘Well that sucks. I’m so sorry,’ ” said Matt Kettmann, contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, who rates central and south coast wines for the publication. “But no one ever really tries the wine.”

Now a core group of Temecula winemakers is...

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