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4 Wineries to Visit in Temecula.

4 Wineries to Visit in Temecula.

Okay, so as most of you know I love my wine. I have been honestly cutting back on it because you know like summer is coming and all that. But, that doesn’t mean I’ve fully given up on my love. This weekend I spent some time at 4 different wineries for a bachelorette party. I love wine tasting because you really get to learn about different wines like where they are made what kind of blend they are and what to pair them with. Wine tasting isn’t just an activity to get drunk at but a great learning experience.

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1.     South Coast Winery

We started our tour at South Coast, we spent about 45 minutes here. Once we got off our bus we were given a card to keep track of one, how many glasses we’ve had and two, which types of wine we tried. I only had about 2 glasses here since it was our first stop I didn’t need to go crazy right off the bat. Plus, this place gave excellent pours, probably double the amount of a single pour. These were the glasses of wine I tried.

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1.     Pinot Grigio Sparkling

2.     2016 Verdelho

I really enjoyed the sparkling wine, I am a big fan of sweeter wines and this one was perfectly refreshing.

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2.     Maurice Car’rie Winery

This was probably my favorite winery of all day. They are known for their sparkling wines and brie bread. Oh my god, that bread is seriously so so so so good! I would highly recommend getting one and sharing it with everyone while you sip on some wine. Make sure you order it right when you get there (depending on how long you stay) because it takes about 20 minutes to bake it. I am still dreaming about this bread, it seriously was so worth every bite of calories in there. Since this winery is mostly known for their sparkling wine, I, of course, had to try them all out. Now, just like the other wineries, you get a tasting card that allows you to have 5 pours. This is what I had.

1.     Peach Mango

2.     Pomegranate

3.     Heathers Mist

4.     Mc Private Cuvee x2

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I really liked the last wine I had it wasn’t super sweet, and it was really flavorful. I was surprised by the rest of the wines because I thought they were going to be really sweet by the smell, but when I tasted them they were not at all as sweet as I was excepting. But like I said, I think this was my favorite out of all the wineries we went too. The feel of this place was super homey and cozy, I really liked that.

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3.     Oak Mountain

This was probably my least favorite place, I only had one glass of one here. We also stopped and had lunch at this place as well, so we did spend a long time here. This place apparently has a “Cave” that you can take a tour in but is unfortunately closed on the weekends unless you are a club member. However, at this point, I was slightly tipsy and apparently, my confidence pants were on nice and tight and I just walked right into the back and took a little peak myself. It was just a bunch of barrels of wine, which was cool but also, I was like “oh, this is it?” I don’t know I am sure I missed something else too, but who knows.

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4.     Callaway Winery

Yes! If you know golf, it’s the same, Callaway. Mr. Ely Callaway actually sold his winery to get into the golf business. Good thing he did because his name is one of the biggest in the golf industry right behind Taylor Made. So, good for him! This winery was one of my favorites as well. They had a beautiful outside patio that overlooked the growing vineyard and an upstairs that still had a view of the vineyard. The wine was absolutely amazing. Once again, they gave you tasting cards, but most wineries give you an option as well to just had in all your cards and get a whole glass of wine. Since this was our last stop I was pretty tapped out so I cashed in and got a full glass of wine. I actually got a glass of red wine, which I usually save for the last stops.

Pro Tip: It’s best to start with lighter white wines and then end with the heavier red wines.

Overall, I was happy with each and every stop we made. This tour apparently will select different wineries, so you don’t go to the same ones each time. Which I think is nice, I think most of the tours do that as well. I mean there are over 40 wineries in the Temecula Valley, so I think it’s okay to mix it up a bit!

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Wine tasting is a fun activity to do with anyone (over the age of 21 of course). I feel like each time I go I find a new wine to love and a new appreciation for the art of making wine. Even if you’re a beginner wine drinker you’ll leave thinking you know it all! Here are a few of my tips for your first time.

 

  1. Find a credible tour group- There are so many tour groups, I am sure there is a few out there that are not so trustworthy. I always trust Groupon, plus you get a better deal with them.
  2. Most if not all Wineries are just about the same- The only real thing you’ll find different about the wineries are the location and vibe. Some are super modern, and some are really homey and cozy. (I'm sure if you’re a super wine snob, you will 100% disagree with me on this one)
  3. Most Wineries will feed you- I highly recommend double checking this is part of your tour. You will want to eat, I know you get smaller pours, but you still spend a good few hours just drinking wine. So, it’s good to keep snacking along the way.
  4. STAY HYDRATED- this is the most important thing to remember! Drink water, bring a water bottle, you can never drink too much water!
  5. Don’t be scared to try new wines! - You get to pick from a good amount of choices. Don’t be scared to pick an expensive one or something you’ve never heard of. I love asking the bartenders what to get. They have a really vast knowledge of the wine, they are your best friends at this point.   
  6. Don’t feel like you need to know- If you know nothing about wine it's totally fine! You’re there to have a good time and learn or just drink and get drunk. Either way, it’s so fine if you know nothing about how wine is made or what it pairs with. Just enjoy yourself!
  7. The proper way to drink a pour is – See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, Swallow or Spit. Yeah if you don’t like it it’s okay to spit it out. Make sure to eat some crackers after to cleanse the pallet as well.
  8. Have fun- Bottom line, don’t forget to have fun and make some new memories!

The best part of wine tasting too is that you start early so you’ll be ready for bed by 9pm and no hangover (hopefully) in the morning!

Have fun! 

2.     Maurice Car’rie Winery

This was probably my favorite winery of all day. They are known for their sparkling wines and brie bread. Oh my god, that bread is seriously so so so so good! I would highly recommend getting one and sharing it with everyone while you sip on some wine. Make sure you order it right when you get there (depending on how long you stay) because it takes about 20 minutes to bake it. I am still dreaming about this bread, it seriously was so worth every bite of calories in there. Since this winery is mostly known for their sparkling wine, I, of course, had to try them all out. Now, just like the other wineries, you get a tasting card that allows you to have 5 pours. This is what I had.

1.     Peach Mango

2.     Pomegranate

3.     Heathers Mist

4.     Mc Private Cuvee x2

I really liked the last wine I had it wasn’t super sweet, and it was really flavorful. I was surprised by the rest of the wines because I thought they were going to be really sweet by the smell, but when I tasted them they were not at all as sweet as I was excepting. But like I said, I think this was my favorite out of all the wineries we went too. The feel of this place was super homey and cozy, I really liked that.

 

3.     Oak Mountain

This was probably my least favorite place, I only had one glass of one here. We also stopped and had lunch at this place as well, so we did spend a long time here. This place apparently has a “Cave” that you can take a tour in but is unfortunately closed on the weekends unless you are a club member. However, at this point, I was slightly tipsy and apparently, my confidence pants were on nice and tight and I just walked right into the back and took a little peak myself. It was just a bunch of barrels of wine, which was cool but also, I was like “oh, this is it?” I don’t know I am sure I missed something else too, but who knows.

 

4.     Callaway Winery

Yes! If you know golf, it’s the same, Callaway. Mr. Ely Callaway actually sold his winery to get into the golf business. Good thing he did because his name is one of the biggest in the golf industry right behind Taylor Made. So, good for him! This winery was one of my favorites as well. They had a beautiful outside patio that overlooked the growing vineyard and an upstairs that still had a view of the vineyard. The wine was absolutely amazing. Once again, they gave you tasting cards, but most wineries give you an option as well to just had in all your cards and get a whole glass of wine. Since this was our last stop I was pretty tapped out so I cashed in and got a full glass of wine. I actually got a glass of red wine, which I usually save for the last stops.

Pro Tip: It’s best to start with lighter white wines and then end with the heavier red wines.

Overall, I was happy with each and every stop we made. This tour apparently will select different wineries, so you don’t go to the same ones each time. Which I think is nice, I think most of the tours do that as well. I mean there are over 40 wineries in the Temecula Valley, so I think it’s okay to mix it up a bit!

 

Wine tasting is a fun activity to do with anyone (over the age of 21 of course). I feel like each time I go I find a new wine to love and a new appreciation for the art of making wine. Even if you’re a beginner wine drinker you’ll leave thinking you know it all! Here are a few of my tips for your first time.

 

  1. Find a credible tour group- There are so many tour groups, I am sure there is a few out there that are not so trustworthy. I always trust Groupon, plus you get a better deal with them.
  2. Most if not all Wineries are just about the same- The only real thing you’ll find different about the wineries are the location and vibe. Some are super modern, and some are really homey and cozy. (I'm sure if you’re a super wine snob, you will 100% disagree with me on this one)
  3. Most Wineries will feed you- I highly recommend double checking this is part of your tour. You will want to eat, I know you get smaller pours, but you still spend a good few hours just drinking wine. So, it’s good to keep snacking along the way.
  4. STAY HYDRATED- this is the most important thing to remember! Drink water, bring a water bottle, you can never drink too much water!
  5. Don’t be scared to try new wines! - You get to pick from a good amount of choices. Don’t be scared to pick an expensive one or something you’ve never heard of. I love asking the bartenders what to get. They have a really vast knowledge of the wine, they are your best friends at this point.   
  6. Don’t feel like you need to know- If you know nothing about wine it's totally fine! You’re there to have a good time and learn or just drink and get drunk. Either way, it’s so fine if you know nothing about how wine is made or what it pairs with. Just enjoy yourself!
  7. The proper way to drink a pour is – See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, Swallow or Spit. Yeah if you don’t like it it’s okay to spit it out. Make sure to eat some crackers after to cleanse the pallet as well.
  8. Have fun- Bottom line, don’t forget to have fun and make some new memories!

The best part of wine tasting too is that you start early so you’ll be ready for bed by 9pm and no hangover (hopefully) in the morning!

Have fun! 

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