Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wine a Bit!

For Father's Day, we went wine tasting in the beautiful vineyards of Temecula. 

Our first stop was South Coast Winery. This is a popular Californian winery with beautiful grounds and a wide assortment of wine. 

Its wine has won numerous awards, which are displayed along an entire wall in the tasting room.  

Our server was very knowledgeable and even gave us a complimentary tasting in honor of Father's Day.

The gift shop was full of charming merchandise for any wine lover.

Mom bought the Ruby Cuvée Syrah for its sparkling berry taste, and it just so happened to match her red, black, and white kitchen  ;-)

We built up an appetite after tasting and made our way over to Wilson Creek Winery, which had a quaint picnic area. Families and friends were visiting outside with wine glass in hand.  The clouds had cleared, and the weather was perfect. 

We found a table and filled ourselves on meats, cheeses, bread, and various side dishes...the ideal wine tasting lunch break.

After our delightful lunch, we made our way to Maurice Car'rie Winery, a casual spot with a home grown feel.  

We all tried Papa's Red in honor of our own wonderful Papa.  This was one of my favorites - it had a very unique taste. 

Cheers to Daddyo!!

Our last stop was Van Roekel Winery, which was just down the street from Maurice Car'rie.  The tasting room was lively with a group who had just stepped off their party bus.  Luckily we had great service and tasty wine. 

They also sold fun accessories for the wine connoisseur.
Party napkins...


And other fun gifts...

 A SUNday well spent with the family!

"What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile" ~William Sokolin 


I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Hello! Thank you for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower! I am so happy to found your place, too. The wineries are Gorgeous! What a Perfect Father's Day, especially in such a beautiful state as California!

Gloria said...

You had me at the arbors and the beautiful roses! My sister and I visited a winery here in Virginia last weekend. I bought a case! :-)

Mike said...

Thank you for such a wonderful time on a special day. You guys mean the world to me.

Kindred Spirit said...

Thanks for visiting, I'm loving your blog as well :)

I just adore wine testing! Looks like you had a fabulous time :D

Deborah said...

Sounds like a great day!
Im following you now! Thanks for your lovely visit and comments!!

Deborah (purehunnybee)
at With all my heart....Deborah xo

Anonymous said...

Awesome Life of Pictures, Life, Friends and Loves

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Website I am so proud of all of you !! When you coming up to Seattle "Labor Day Weekend" ??? Uncle J & Uncle Fuzzy

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Sheri dearest! My goodness we DO HAVE A LOT IN COMMON!!! I am from California...Los Angeles. I lived in Pico Rivera and Whittier before moving to Boston, Mass for school and then finally settling here in the midwest. THANK YOU FOR COMING TO MEET ME and leave a comment. And I am familiar with Temecula, for I have a DEAR blogger friend who frequents this lovely place. Oh how looking at your pictures reminds me of my recent trip back HOME last summer. I was in Napa Valley however, to visit my husband's family and we went to the Korbel winery and had PINK CHAMPAGEN...I know, sparkling wine....teeeheee...and the best was the last one they gave us. By that time, I was very happy!

So nice of you to visit! I will be posting again tomorrow. I do love great photography and do you speak French????

Looking forward to getting to know you and your header is spectacular! Cheers! Anita

Red Rose Alley said...

Thank you for following. I'm always so glad that my blog takes me to special and wonderful people like you. No, I don't speak French, but Nel and Jess went to Paris, which was their favorite, and Nel is trying to learn French. So, you're familiar with So. Cal? I recently moved here from No. Cal, but I absolutely love it. Have a wonderful weekend.

Bluebirds and Butterflies said...

Hi Sheri,
Thank you for sharing a very special day with all of us! What a wonderful way to celebrate Father's Day and remember your wonderful Dad! I have never been to the wineries in California before and would love to make a trip to take all of it in someday. Your photos are wonderful! I know you made some great memories that day. It really looked like a day to remember! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo Kim

Eat Read Love said...

Yes we do have a lot in common. Eat read love is now fooling your blog. Hopefuly you will also follow us from the other side of the world. Kind regards