Temecula Wine Tasting

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Mom and her new "friend" with the sculpture

Since going anywhere on Mother's Day is chaotic, I decided to take Mom down to Temecula for some wine tasting, craft shopping, and perhaps dinner at an Indian casino. 

Our first stop was at Faulkner Winery which used to have great wines, especially the Chardonnay.  I was incredibly disappointed in the wines we tried, although the chardonnay was passable.  What a bummer as I really used to enjoy coming there!  As we were leaving, I was trying to take some photos of the surrounding grounds.  I wanted a picture of this sculpture between the winery and the restaurant and as I was trying to take the photo, this guy walked right in front of me.

The inside with the brie cheese...mmmmm
  He went up to my Mom and said it was not a good picture alone so he wanted me to take a picture of him and her together.  I thought she was going to die and I couldn't stop laughing.  Love the photo!!! 

Next we headed to Maurice Carrie for their brie cheese baked in sourdough.  Oh my lord, you could smell the garlic walking up to the winery steps.  It was so yummy but the garlic was almost overpowering....especially when wine tasting. :-( 

We wandered around the "craft" fair which was more like imported goods but we did find these interesting wood roses.  They were $5 a dozen so I got some for Mom since it was Mother's Day weekend.  After that, we got in the car and because it was getting so warm outside, the car was like an inferno!  We decided to drive around Temecula and check out the scenery and residences around the winery.

Wooden roses at craft fair @ Maurice Carrie
  We found the residence of an offroad driver for Red Bull which I cannot remember his name now! LOL.  His last name begins with a B and he drives the #2 Red Bull/Bosch truck.  What a GORGEOUS home and lots of garages.  Mom had me take photos so my Dad could drool over the number of garages they have. 

After that, I wanted to try the South Coast winery since they were rated as the #1 winery in California (the CA State Fair voted them the best) so I thought I had to try their wines.....Good grief, the place was PACKED and it was $12 to taste and you didn't even get to keep the logo glass!  Most of the wineries in Temecula have always been known for keeping the souvenir glasses once you were done.  $12 and no glass, you are kidding me, RIGHT?  These wines better be good.

Love love love this home!
...hmmm, yeah.  They had a huge tasting menu and I opted for 5 of their best rated ones and honestly, I didn't like a single one of them.  Is my palate becoming more snooty and I prefer Northern CA wines?  But they were voted the BEST, so shouldn't I like at least one?!?!  I dunno, maybe I was having an off day but I was oh so disappointed.  We got out of there as the noise levels were through the roof and I couldn't handle all the drunkards we were surrounded by much longer. 

Our last planned stop was the Wilson Creek Winery for their Almond Sparkling Wine.  I decided I better try it since things had gone so awry earlier and I didn't want to buy any until I was sure it hadn't changed (or my perception of it anyway) and what a mess it was there.

Their awards
  They are always super crowded and some of the people we encountered were the rudest we saw yet.  This woman cut in front of me at the tasting bar and then began to scowl at Mom and I.  She was snippy with the guy behind the counter at one point as well and then she pushed us aside with the rest of her party and stepped on my Mom's bad foot.  That sent Mom over the edge and she walked away - I came sooooooo close to opening my mouth but decided to take the high road and walk away.  We went in the back where another person helped us so I could try the Choco-tini.  Their chocolate port served in a chocolate shot glass, drink half way down, and they refill with the almond sparkling wine.  What a treat! 

We bought just two bottles and got the heck out of there.

Love the huge Almond sparking wine bottle
  I was ready to get completely away from the wine region and sadly, not sure if I would ever go back there. It's just too commercialized now and all the limos/buses at the stops were such a buzzkill, not to mention all the young drunks walking around. 

We left wine country, stopped by a Ritz Camera store and found an awesome deal on a flash for my SLR which made me happy!  Then we swung by the scrapbooking store and I guilted Mom into buying me a couple things and we were off!  Unfortunately, we decided to hit Michael's and we ended up spending hours in there.  Brett called a couple times and omg, talk about drama in Taipei!  He was on the MRT headed to a movie when the train stopped and everyone was asked to leave the train.

Love this little album kit in the scrapbooking store!
  Apparently, some woman jumped on the tracks and tried to kill herself.  Brett said he saw her and she was still alive.  I didn't even think about this but that is something I might have to endure when I get there....I've never lived anywhere where I've taken a mass transit system and I guess this is more common than I thought.  Eeeek! 

We left Michaels and it was already 8pm and we were still over 2 hours away from home.  We hadn't eaten a real meal all day so we decided we would still try to head to Pala Casino for their buffet and a little gambling. Oh the things we do for Mom's Day! LOL

 

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Mom and her new "friend" with the…
The inside with the brie cheese...…
The inside with the brie cheese..…
Wooden roses at craft fair @ Mauri…
Wooden roses at craft fair @ Maur…
Love love love this home!
Love love love this home!
Their awards
Their awards
Love the huge Almond sparking wine…
Love the huge Almond sparking win…
Love this little album kit in the …
Love this little album kit in the…
Old town Temecula
Old town Temecula
Wine list at Falkner
Wine list at Falkner
Falkner Tasting Room
Falkner Tasting Room
Falkner
Falkner
Falkner wines
Falkner wines
Falkner grounds
Falkner grounds
Restaurant deck outside of Falkner
Restaurant deck outside of Falkner
Sculpture at Falkner
Sculpture at Falkner
Falkner grounds
Falkner grounds
Vines on Falkner
Vines on Falkner
Another shot of the vines on Falkn…
Another shot of the vines on Falk…
Falkner and the winery above
Falkner and the winery above
More zoomed out shot of the grounds
More zoomed out shot of the grounds
Baked brie with sourdough @ Mauric…
Baked brie with sourdough @ Mauri…
lizard roaming Maurice Carrie
lizard roaming Maurice Carrie
Maurice Carrie winery
Maurice Carrie winery
horses for rent I assume on Mauric…
horses for rent I assume on Mauri…
Another horse @ Maurice Carrie
Another horse @ Maurice Carrie
Interesting home near South Coast …
Interesting home near South Coast…
beautiful home for sale
beautiful home for sale
Lots of space!!!
Lots of space!!!
Wonder how much? :D
Wonder how much? :D
The mother in law/guest house on t…
The mother in law/guest house on …
Old covered wagon we saw
Old covered wagon we saw
Another beautiful home along our d…
Another beautiful home along our …
This is another beautiful one...wi…
This is another beautiful one...w…
The view down to that house
The view down to that house
A shot of the hills
A shot of the hills
View to the hills of Temecula
View to the hills of Temecula
Another view of the hills
Another view of the hills
grapevines
grapevines
more grapevines
more grapevines
little grape buds!
little grape buds!
more grape buds
more grape buds
close up of the little grapes
close up of the little grapes
Hurry up and be ready for harvest
Hurry up and be ready for harvest
Mom being camera shy!
Mom being camera shy!
lots of little grape clusters
lots of little grape clusters
Would love that home!
Would love that home!
Oak Mountain Winery - their outdoo…
Oak Mountain Winery - their outdo…
Pinotage vineyards
Pinotage vineyards
Merlot
Merlot
Yet another gorgeous house
Yet another gorgeous house
Look at these entry gates?!?!?
Look at these entry gates?!?!?
Just a small little house...lol
Just a small little house...lol
This one looks as though it may be…
This one looks as though it may b…
Steer!!
Steer!!
More Steer!!
More Steer!!
hey Mr Steer!
hey Mr Steer!
Quite a number of them enjoying th…
Quite a number of them enjoying t…
Happy cows! LOL
Happy cows! LOL
A better shot of the garages
A better shot of the garages
gorgeous ranch home
gorgeous ranch home
What an entrance gate!
What an entrance gate!
close up detail and you can see th…
close up detail and you can see t…
Trying to get a shot of just the R…
Trying to get a shot of just the …
Would love to have that house
Would love to have that house
..or this one
..or this one
South Coast awards list
South Coast awards list
South Coast wines
South Coast wines
South Coast wines page II
South Coast wines page II
South Coast tasting room
South Coast tasting room
South Coast tasting room...when it…
South Coast tasting room...when i…
Getting to display the CA State Fa…
Getting to display the CA State F…
South Coast gift shop
South Coast gift shop
SC gift shop
SC gift shop
SC gift shop
SC gift shop
South Coast grounds
South Coast grounds
Wilson Creek military wall
Wilson Creek military wall
Wilson Creek Military labels
Wilson Creek Military labels
Wilson Creek military wall
Wilson Creek military wall
Wilson Creek grounds
Wilson Creek grounds
Part of the Inn at Churon Winery
Part of the Inn at Churon Winery
Another view of the Inn at Churon …
Another view of the Inn at Churon…
Inn at Churon Winery
Inn at Churon Winery
View from the Inn at Churon Winery
View from the Inn at Churon Winery
Inn at Churon Winery
Inn at Churon Winery
House next to Churon
House next to Churon
View to another house on the hill …
View to another house on the hill…
One more house next to Churon - go…
One more house next to Churon - g…
Love the deck on this one *jealous*
Love the deck on this one *jealous*
Churon
Churon
Scrapbooking Divas store
Scrapbooking Divas store
Old town Temecula
Old town Temecula
Old town Temecula
Old town Temecula
Old town Temecula
Old town Temecula
Old town Temecula
Old town Temecula
Old town Temecula
Old town Temecula
Old town Temecula
Old town Temecula
Old town Temecula
Old town Temecula
Temecula
photo by: chiyeh