Located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA lies the charming, boutique-style Joseph Filippi Winery. We are all familiar with Napa, Sonoma, and Paso Robles, but Rancho Cucamonga, California? Believe it or not, the Cucamonga wine district originated in 1838 where the valley’s earliest vineyards were planted by Jose Maria Valdez. Today, we can thank Secondo Guasti for the prosperity of the Cucamonga wine district. Guasti took notice of the superb wine-making conditions and purchased 8 square miles of the Cucamonga wine district which eventually grew to be over 5,000 acres.The Joseph Filippi Winery is one of the many stone winery buildings that Guasti erected on the land he purchased.
Since moving to Rancho Cucamonga almost a year ago, I have passed the Joseph Filippi Winery a number of times. I had heard many good things about the winery from friends and family and I was eager to experience it for myself. After parking, I couldn’t help but take in the beautiful scenery that surrounded me.
I know it is hard to believe,but it was a brisk 68 degrees in Southern California the day that I visited the winery, which is perfect wine tasting weather if you ask me. I was greeted by Dave Gordon, who so graciously walked me through a fabulous wine tasting as well as a very informative tour of the winery. Along with the wines, I really enjoyed learning about the Redwood tanks that the winery ages their ports and sherries in. The Joseph Filippi Winery has had the Redwood tanks since the 1930s and they are known to be around 2,000 years old. Along with the Redwood tanks, they also age their ports and sherries in whiskey barrels. Stainless steel tanks are also used at the winery for a variety of different reasons such as for fermentation, storage, or the blending of grape varietals. If you are in the area and stop by the Joseph Filippi Winery, I strongly suggest taking the winery tour.
I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the 2009 Zinfandel Reserve. This wine is perfectly balanced with bold tannins and a soft smoky finish. I will definitely be picking up a bottle (or 2) for the upcoming winter months. I was also a fan of the Chardonnay and the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Chardonnay was mild and fruity, perfect for the summer time. While on the other hand, the Cabernet Sauvignon was medium-bodied with hints of spice and dark cherry. I am not usually a fan of sweet wines; however, Gordon mixed me a concoction called the “Almond Joy” and I must say it was quiet delicious. The Almond Joy was a mixture of their almond champagne (yum!) and the chocolate port. I definitely suggest giving this sweet treat a try as well.
If you are ever visiting Southern California, look no further than Rancho Cucamonga where you will find the wonderful Joseph Filippi Winery. And if you ever need a friend to visit the winery with, you know where to find me 🙂
Cheers to another wonderful week!