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