Chapin Family Vineyards

Enjoyed a beautiful day exploring Temecula wineries at the 2019 Annual Temecula Winery Barrel tasting event. Our first stop – Chapin Winery. We were welcomed by the owner/winemaker Steve Chapin who talked about the wineries history. They started making wine in 2004 and opened the winery in 2012. They do no hand harvest their grapes. The vineyards philosophy is “Respect the wine culture, and making the wine.”
We barrel tasted their 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon which is aged in 100% new French oak intense charred with extra staves. We found this Cabernet Sauvignon to have flavors of vanilla, light fruit, not jammy and very toasty. We were pleasantly surprised how drinkable this was now and know it will continue to get better after it is bottled and aged. 
They also had a 2016 Aglianico wine we liked very much. This is a black grape, one of Italy’s three oldest grape varieties, that is known for its strikingly savory flavors and rustic, earth driven wines. This is such a great wine and is available right here locally in Temecula!  We give this wine 4 glasses!   
Every Chapin wine bottle is inscribed with “For the Love of Friendship.” 

About myredwineguys

My red wine guys, Jim and Rich, have been drinking and comparing red wines together for the last 10 years. We drink reds exclusively (except for champagne during New Year’s Eve celebration's or special occasions). In our search to find the best red wine for the buck, we are constantly buying and drinking a variety of reds. Frequently, we see many of our favorite reds increase in price (making them impractical to buy and consume with the dismal economy). This motivates us to try and compare lesser known reds from a variety of wineries. We are constantly telling our friends where to buy and save on these great reds. One weekend over a bottle of red wine (of course), we decided to share our recommendations with the world via a blog (with the support of our wives who really think this is another way for us to drink more red wine). We are going to be making road trips up the coast and sharing our opinions on some great California Reds. Jim is a retired Navy Senior Chief now working as a Navy Technical Rep. His world travels have given him the opportunity to taste wines on different continents. He finds himself often comparing them to his favorite region – Napa Valley’s Oakville/Rutherford districts that produce some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon's. Richard is a musician who grew up in Santa Maria with a family rich with red wine tradition. According to the family legends, his grandfather used to make wine out of grapefruit when grapes were not available. He grew up drinking and making wine with his father and other Italian families in the central coast, long before there were grape vines in the area. In fact, the reason his family located to California was to make wine! Thank you for visiting our site! We hope you enjoy a glass of exceptional red wine soon!
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