Though Rancho Cucamonga was the home to one of California's first wine countries, that was at the turn of the century. Today, it's better known for industrial parks, real estate developments and its minor league baseball team, the Quakes.
There still are a couple of wineries operating in the area, though. And, given the area's hot temperatures, some of the best wines are those based on the products of Spain and Portugal.
In fact, Joseph Filippi, a winery since 1922, has wines that are inspired by both--a Sherry-like Angelica Elena and a Port-esque Fondante Ciello, which features added "chocolate essences."
But the class of the area is probably Rancho de Philo's Triple Cream Sherry. A project of Philo Biane and his daughter, Janine Biane Tibbetts, it draws on Mission grapes from 50-year-old vines, aged in 13 soleras for up to 18 years. It has a mature Sherry nose and a good, deep flavor of toffee and butterscotch.