Wine Country

The husband and I took Shanna to Temecula for her birthday.  We went up Friday and stayed at South Coast Winery and Spa . The reception at the hotel was exceptional and they gave us a bottle of wine! Once we got all checking we went to our villa, it was like our own private apartment for the weekend! There was a wet bar, fireplace, patio and a Jacuzzi tub.  Needless to stay we were very impressed with the room. After getting settled we walked next door to Ponte Winery they have a full service bar with food called The Cellar Lounge. The atmosphere was awesome and the food and drinks were yummy.  After two drinks, some food and listening to the band we decided to head back to our villa ( I just love saying that word ).

Saturday morning we were up early for breakfast and then hit the earliest winery open, Hart.  This was a very small family owned winery, we weren’t very impressed with much after one tasting we were out.  Next we headed to Long Shadow Ranch . Shanna was on a mission to see and touch animals and this winery came up on the list.  Unfortunately there was a wedding happening so we didn’t get to experience the barn tasting room.  We did manage to see some horses, a goat and alpaca. There was a outdoor stage and fire pit so I assume the night life at this winery could be great. We headed just down the road to Falkner. The ‘wine educators’ (learned this) were great hosts at this winery.  Matt was very eager to learn more about the process and was enthralled when he had there attention. We learned about vertical tastings, when you taste one grape from two different vintages. Good stuff! Across the path was the newbie on the strip Peltzer. Considered a boutique winery it came highly recommended by Falkner. Maybe you have heard of Peltzer Pines (xmas trees) the winery is owned by the fourth generation son. The Temecula farm was previously known for there pumpkin farm.  There tasting room is what looks like a giant barn which will eventually hold all of there aging barrels.  Each wine was paired with a Artisan bread! My favorite here was the Barbera. On our last trip to wine country I fell in love with this wine native to Italy, but a few wineries locally have started producing it. Kenneth was our wine educator here and I think Matt was so happy to have his undivided attention. About this time we were approaching lunch so we decided to head up to one of the furthest on the strip, but also one of our favorites Robert Renzoni . Great view, good music, yummy food and one heck of a glass of wine! After lunch we headed back to the villa to unwind.  Shanna and I took a dip in the pool and enjoyed some drinks poolside. Last half of the day we went to South Coast Winery, Ponte and Wiens. We had dinner at Ponte and it was extremely disappointing! After a full day of drinking we were wiped and turned in for bed.

Sunday it was back to reality! I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend with two of my favorite people.  Hope you had a great birthday Shanna we love you very much!

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