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Thornton Winery, Temecula

(3.1/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
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  • We stopped here on our day tour of the wine country. We found the winery charming but did not offer a very large gift shop.  more »
  • We were planning to visit a few wineries during our adult weekend. We ended up staying here. We didn't do the tour and the restaurant menu wasn't that appealing but the wine was great and there is a h...  more »
  • A good place to start your tour of the wine country. Nice place on a hill, lots of parking and very nice and friendly staff. Try some wines, talk to the very informative and friendly staff and move on...  more »
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  • This was my first time coming to this winery and I was meeting some friends in the tasting room. When I walked from the parking lot there were two buildings; one looked like a restaurant and the other one said Lounge on the door. So I walked in the lounge doors and immediately to my left was two women at a cashier desk. So I turn to them and ask where the tasting room was which they said it's right behind you. I said thank you and started walking towards my friends table. I didn't take 3 steps before I hear one employee (named Jill) say to the other employee "If you could read the sign that says "Tasting Room" you'd know where it was". I immediately turned around and said "I'm sorry, I've never been here before I didn't see the sign". How unprofessional is that to start talking about me before I'm not even 5 feet away from you!!!! I've worked in the customer service industry for years and I would fire someone if I ever found out they did that. The tasting was actually very nice and enjoyable. They brought bread for our table and our server was super nice. It wasn't like your typical tasting where the server tells you about the wine but rather a paper that describes each one. You get all 4 of your tastes at once too. I was also the only one in my party that bought wine. I just wish they would have described more about their wine memberships. Overall, I would have considered becoming a wine member and buying more than one bottle but my first impression from Jill killed the entire experience for me. *I told our server about my experience and he did comp my tasting which was very nice of him. I would consider coming back again just because he was a good employee unlike Jill.
  • Would be, cool venue to see your favorite smooth jazz artist perform up close, only to some day be made better in this rather intimate setting. But dammit if I didn't get the feeling that the people at Thornton, purposely only sought to maximize their profits by packing it's guests in like sardines, even going so far as to incorporate the use of plastic tie wraps on those totally uncomfortable, half broke down, once upon a time there was cushion in these poor example, thereby forcing everyone to rub elbows, and practically sit in each other's laps for an entire concert, bunched too close together chairs. Not cool! However, there was an area on higher ground that seemed to be reserved perhaps only for the elite One Percenters, which allowed for those whom would be entertained at a premium, to do so by table side, along with a commanding view of the concert stage, and ample elbow room to abound, but again, by the look of things, that particular area of the venue damn near hearkened back to the ole separate but equal Jim Crow era. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening's performing artists. On a lighter note, the sangria wasn't bad, in fact, it was quite popular. Just don't try to take a sip, else you'll spill it, bumping elbows with your neighbor on either side of ya. Loosen up the seats a lil will ya Thornton, and let us spread out somewhat better.
  • We love the Friday night jazz series, especially the Neil Diamond Tribute Concert, but we don't appreciate being automatically charged a 20% tip for our bottle of wine and then be expected to pay another tip on top of that. Beware of this deceptive practice, especially with less than superb service. The tip is included in the bill when it is brought to your table. Then, when it's time to sign your credit card receipt, you'll see "Subtotal" and then "Tip" and then "Total." Don't be fooled. If you're not careful, you'll pay the tip TWICE! At least, this was our experience.
  • Worst service ever! We sat 45 minutes and didn't even get a glass of water. I asked 3 different servers for water and never got it. Nicole took our order after a 25 minute wait and never returned. I went to speak to the manager and she told me too bad. The manager didn't even care. Don't ever go there.
  • $21 cheeseburger (not a typo) at Thornton Winery-- while the musical artist one stand over is selling a reasonably priced $10 music CD. A complete ripoff with Thornton selling the most expensive cheeseburger in the state of California. Shame on you for outrageously gouging your customers!! Great live jazz concert venue otherwise and above-average wines.