Hidden in Plain Sight

By Guest Writer Lisa Musick,

At the end of Black Deer Loop on the west-side of town, turn left into a small parking lot. There you’ll find the new face of Tesoro Winery. Tucked back in and called The Tesoro Clubhouse, Kimberly and Buzz Olson have transformed an industrial office into “our private space.”

Buzz and Kimberly Olson stand at their new clubhouse bar. Photograph by Michael Chavarria

Upon arrival, I wasn’t even sure I was in the right spot. But poking through the glass, Kimberly motioned me to come on in. Greeted with a warm and inviting smile, we made introductions and she offered me a glass of 2006 Sangiovese. Wow! After a long sniff, I sipped an incredibly multi-dimensional wine that stayed in my mouth long after I swallowed it.

Owners of Kimberly Vineyards at the corner of Rancho California Road and Monte de Oro in the wine country, the Olsons are nearing the completion of their private space in Suite E on the industrial side of town. Adjacent to the small bar and tasting area created and designed by local musician, Wayne Cameron, the barrel room will be decorated for events, seated private dinners and music performances. They are also introducing Wine Pairing 201, a “kicked up” version of their wine and cheese pairing duo.

The barrel room will seat up to 60 people. “We’re social kind of people,” says Kimberly. “We’re excited to bring old friends and new customers to share in our vision.” The Tesoro Clubhouse carries an Old Vine Syrah, Viognier, Dolcetto and Tempranillo. Etienne Cowper, also the winemaker for Wilson Creek, creates some great tasting wines for the Olsons. They offer five tastes for $10 and, as a special, will give customers $5 off a bottle with a paid wine tasting. Sounds like a great offer to me! But hurry, you’ve got to taste that Sangiovese. It was just fabulous!

Tesoro Clubhouse. Photograph by Michael Chavarria

Tesoro Winery

(Tasting Room & Gift Shop)

28475 Old Town Front Street at 6th in Old Town Temecula

(951) 308-0000

3 thoughts on “Hidden in Plain Sight

  1. We had our first official event here last Saturday. A group of ten folks who purchased at a Silent Auction at the Fall Wine Classic at the Richard Nixon Library last fall a progressive dinner that Tesoro Winery donated which took them from their hotel by transportation provided by Tom & Laura Plant of WINEormous to our vineyards for a champagne reception on our top hill with a 360 degree beautiful view of the valley, then off to our tasting room in Old Town for wines and hors d’oeuvres on the patio, then finally to this new Club House where we prepared a gourmet five course meal for them. We finished with 45 minutes of comedy and magic provided by Rocky Osborn who wowed the whole group with his slight of hand with a deck of cards. Amazing!

    So the Club House is up, running and ready for events! Consider having your private event with us… it will be special! Coming on June 5th, our “Ramped Up” Wine & Cheese Pairing with our Sommelier, Chris Pagel. Details coming soon!

    Thank you for sharing our new place with everyone!

    Kimberly Olson, Owner


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