La Rebelde Winery

 

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La Rebelde Winery
We love wine.

We love the taste of it, the smell of it, the memories it evokes.  We love the complexities and the simplicities of it. We love how it evolves, how it continues to be a living entity far after it is stuck in a bottle.  How it quickly seduces you and goes from something you celebrate with to the reason for a celebration.


We love talking to others about wine, hearing about what they get from it.  We love seeing those "Aha!" moments on someone's face when they start to fathom out the tastes and the smells in a sip of wine that finally get them beyond the idea that this is just grape juice.  

When we would go out to wineries in all parts of California and Oregon, we looked for the small, little places where there was still a chance that you’d get to meet the owner/winemaker and talk to them about their processes, their successes and failures, their start in making wine. We loved seeing their passion for what they did despite the hard work these families undertook to do what they loved.  And nothing was better than seeing the pleasure they got when you drank their wine and it made you close your eyes and smile.

We loved sharing that same passion for this liquid mistress with family, friends and strangers alike.  Ultimately, we loved wine so much we decided to try making it ourselves.


While that was ambitious and a little crazy in retrospect, there was a tradition of "Gypsy Wine" in the Esquibel family and we relied on the teachings of a man with a rustic understanding of the process to get us going - my father, Joe.  He said, "Let it do what it does," and we did.

Our story of wine starts way before Lake Elsinore.  It started in the California Central Valley with my dad and his brothers in the 1950’s and 60’s trying to build better lives for their families.  It starts when a group of brothers pool their wages together to move each one of them from picking grapes in the fields to driving their own trucks that hauled the grapes from the fields to the large commercial wineries. Every summer there was homemade wine being made from some of the grapes that would “fall” off those trucks.

My memories of that wine are not particularly positive: it was cloudy, it was strong and it was not all that tasty.  But, because of that tradition and the celebrations where those jugs of wine would be brought out for all to enjoy, wine always has and always will mean family.

Today, we are here in Lake Elsinore making wine primarily because Jim convinced me that we could do this.  Over seven years he convinced me that we could make wine our way and that others would enjoy our product as much as we did.  He was persistently enthusiastic about all aspects of this, even the early mornings driving out to pick grapes in late summer heat.  He persisted and I eventually became as enthusiastic.

So, today we are a family owned, small-lot, craft winery doing our production in the facility we pour at with as little human or chemical intervention as possible.  We do our best to make our wine accessible to all as we feel that really good wine does not have to be really expensive if the emphasis is on product and not on the packaging or the location of a tasting room.

We hope you will join us in our tasting room and become friends of the rebel.


                                                                                                                                    Rebecca Esquibel
Where to find us:

We are currently open in our Lake Elsinore store 6 days a week for tasting and purchases.  In true Garagiste fashion, we have selected a location that will make us the first winery in Lake Elsinore and allow us to manufacture our product and pour in the same location.  We also feel very fortunate to be open two doors down from our friends at Craft Brewing Company.  We feel this location allows us to provide a casual social stop for the craft beer and wine fans in the Inland Empire and also those visiting Southern destinations from Los Angeles and Orange counties.  Visit us today.  See our location and hours on the Contact Information tab. 

See Below for the Latest Updates:
    The Rebel Wine Club has been launched!!

    See the bottom of the Contact page for the form to complete so you can get the 20% discount on wine club releases and 15% on bottles or merchandise purchased in store.  The next release is scheduled for the first week in April so join now to start getting great discounts.

    The benefits of being a Rebel:

    2 bottles every other month 20% below retail

    2 free tastings OR 2 free glasses every month

    All other bottle or merchandise purchases at a 15% discount

    Special pricing for events, new releases or special flights and first notice/access.

    First access to our Big Jug Wine Growler Club in May, 2014



    Our Online Store has been launched!!

    Purchase our wines online for shipping within CA, NV and AZ by clicking the following link.  You will be directed to the Square Market site at
    http://mkt.com/la-rebelde-wines

    Shop, Drink and Play

    The Lake Elsinore Way!

     The Shop, Drink and Play free shuttle service continues in 2014 starting again in May!! Shop the outlets, stop by the winery and brewery, shop downtown and then play at the casino or catch a game at Storm Stadium.  The shuttle will start at 1 pm and continue the loop in an hour until 8 pm.  Park and pick up the shuttle at any location.  The schedule and contact information can be found at the city of Lake Elsinore website at www.lake-elsinore.org.  Each business will offer a special discount to riders only and coupons will be distributed on the shuttle.  

Upcoming Schedule of Events

Date
Time
Event
03/28/2014 7pm Come watch the comedy classic, Blazing Saddles on the big screen.  
03/29/2014 7 pm to close  Live music with Friend of the Devil
04/15/2014 6 pm to 8 pm The Home/Small Business Expo at the Winery
04/17/2014 5 pm to 8 pm Between the Leaves Writers Group Meeting
04/19/2014 5 pm to 9 pm
Studio 395 live art and music at the winery 
Every Tues, Wed & Thurs Bring in Take Out and get 15% discount on a bottle of your choice.
Every Sunday Spring Sangria Sunday Sale!  $1.50 off our red or white sangria by the glass.
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