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“You see, madam, your wine is like the nepenthe of Helen, for it gives the cares as well as the senses of your guests to oblivion.” –Sydney Owenson Morgan (c.1776-83-1859)

Recently, I was fortunate enough to come across a white wine I really enjoyed. I’m one of those people who gravitate toward red varietals. Norm and I were each given a bottle of Keyways Sauvigon Blanc. The next evening, the Keyways Sauvigon Blanc was calling me. This wine is similar to the well-know and appreciated Sauvignon Blancs of Sancerre, France. On the Keyways website, it says “it is very food friendly with aromas of flint and fruit.” What it doesn’t say is that its extremely light fruity aromas draw you in completely. It was a true compliment to my scallops.

Since both Norm and I enjoyed this so well, I checked out the website once we were home. I expected it to retail around $24 to $29 and it is only $18 a bottle and $15.30 per bottle if you order a case—a tremendous value for a lovely light varietal.

While visiting their website, I discovered Keyways has the unique distinction of being the first woman owned and managed winery in Temecula Valley. Since 2004 when Terri Peblley purchased the winery, it has undergone an extensive make-over including the tasting room and landscaped grounds.

The original vineyards have been replaced with Viognier, Roussane, Tempranillo and Grenache which appeals to the palates of current wine enthusiasts. They also feature many special events.

If you are in the Temecula, CA area, you may want to visit Keyways and definitely their tasting room.

Keyways Vineyard Winery
37338 De Portola Road
Temecula, CA 92592

We have Linda Kissam, lindakissam@aol.com, to thank for introducing us to Keyways. Linda represents many of the wineries of Temecula and the surround area. She also puts wine trips together. Linda is a great resource for all of you who write about and enjoy wine.

Maralyn D. Hill, President
International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA)

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