Napa clearly dominates the California wine scene, but here in Southern California we have our own lesser-known (and to be objective, lesser-quality) wine country called Temecula. And though it’s not world-renowned, it’s still a really fun way to spend a day or two.
After a morning hike up Cowles Mountain Mom and I took quick showers and hopped in the car to cruise up to Temecula, which is about an hour away from San Diego. We started at Ponte, which came highly recommended. The grounds there are beautiful, with a mission-style inn and a gorgeous outdoor restaurant.
We popped into the tasting room/gift shop where we were greeted by a warm woman with a big smile and a heavy hand. When it comes to bar tenders, she was just my type. She even snuck us a couple of “secret” wines that weren’t on the menu!
Afterwards we took a quick stroll through the gorgeous grounds, snapped a few selfless, and headed across the street to South Coast for some more pours. I immediately fell in love with the gorgeous walkway there, draped in wisteria that waved in the wind.
Unfortunately, it was packed and we were in no mood to throw bows to get to the bar, so we turned on our heels and headed elsewhere.
Stop number 3 was Mount Palomar. The tasting room was dark and intimate, which was nice for a while but we eventually stepped outside to enjoy the sunshine and live music.
The band covered classic rock songs while Mom and I shared a proscuitto pizza and enjoyed each others company.
It was a delightful day with wonderful company, and I was heart-broken when the day ended and I had to drop Mom off at the airport. We had a wonderful weekend that ended too soon. Can’t wait to see her again next month in Vail!