Nicole and Ron took us on a wine tasting tour through Temecula Valley, a place just inland of Los Angeles.
On our way there on the Ortega Highway we went past Lake Elsinore. This used to be a run-down town, but now an effort is being made to revitalize it. The results have been mixed so far - "the only things you find here are churches and AA meetings".
We started at Wilson Creek[b] - which is the winery farthest away[c] from the main roads. The plan was to visit the wineries from farthest to nearest, while everyone else went from nearest to farthest.
Maybe it was because my taste buds were still undamaged, but I think Wilson Creek had the best wines. I ended up walking out with a box of:
1 x Almond Champagne: Simply amazing champagne, also known as the "Oh My Gosh!" champagne.
2 x Angelica Cream Sherry: Great sherry that cam be mixed with the almond champagne.
1 x 2003 Duet Late Harvest Cabernet/Zinfandel: Very sweet dessert wine. Like the sherry, this one can be mixed with the champagne.
2 x 2003 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Falkner's pub / wine tasting house sits perched atop a small hill. Their grapes were just about to be harvested.
(I'm just satisfied with how that last sequence of photos ended up, despite the pictures being off-center.)
Poor Bailey's never stood a chance. After Stuart, we were capable of registering that something liquid had been ingested, but nothing more.
Thornton specializes in champagne.
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