Friday, July 6, 2012

Drinking the day away in Temecula...

A couple of days ago I hubby and I had the pleasure of going on a wine tasting tour in Temecula. I've wanted to go wine tasting for years but never managed until this trip to visit the in-laws. Since it's just stupid to drink and drive, we hired this adorable car to take us around:

Isn't it cute?? It's a retired London cab, and we had an amazing driver/tour guide to go with it. Tony from Temecula Black Car was well known and well loved at the wineries we went to, and he was SUPER well informed on what was the best at each winery. If you're ever looking to go on a wine tour in Southern California, check him out. He's as affordable as the big shuttle buses, but it's a private service!

We went to Leoness Cellars, where we had a tour of the production area, barrel room and vineyard, while we sampled wine along the way.

 That big bottle of wine on top of the rack is 6 1/2 bottles worth of wine in one giant bottle!

 Entrance to the vineyards from the barrel room (you feel like a mole when you step out of this very cold dark room into the Temecula heat and sun!
 Rows of grapes and the ripening fruit.

 The view from the tasting room patio.
After Leoness we went to Oak Mountain Winery, then to Mount Palomary Winery. 
Luckily we ate a delicious lunch here, so we sobered up enough that we could 
continue our tour and actually enjoy the wine!

After Mount Palomar we went to Bel Vino, then the ever-wonderful Tony took us back to Leoness to purchase some port. I'm not a port drinker but I LOVED their port, and I tried it at all of the rest of the wineries and hated myself for not buying it at the first stop. 

We had the most fun I've had in a long time, and I can't wait to do it again! Assuming I can make a dent in what we purchased this trip, I'll be planning another tasting (with Tony) the next time we come down to visit.

**This is in no way a sponsored post. I just had a great time and wanted to share with you!

2 comments:

  1. This looks like a great (and fun!) trip! I really need that car. :-) Katharina

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  2. I have never heard of this place before and loved the review. Maybe some day I will get the opportunity to visit!

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