While visiting Temecula, one cannot leave without going wine tasting. As the city is home to dozens of vineyards and wineries, it’s a must to go to at least one of them to sample the region’s wine. I like wine, and I like trying out wines from all over, so it was the perfect opportunity to do so while visiting my friend “M” over a long weekend last July.
We went wine tasting on my first full day in. After getting nicely dressed (I wore one of M’s dresses, since I didn’t bring my own), we headed out to our first wine-tasting venue– her mom was kind to drive us over, since we were uncertain just how long we would go for and we didn’t want to drive back if we were feeling the effects of the wine. It was only a 10-15 minute drive to our first wine tasting at Ponte Winery, and soon enough, we arrived.
Thus began our tasting at 11:00. We opted for a tasting of six types of wine, from a selection of different reds, whites, and desserts. I had four different whites (including dessert) and two reds. I recall enjoying perhaps two or three of them, but it was more for the experience than anything else. In general, I was excited to be wine tasting again, along with good company.
However, I soon ran into a problem: after six flights (and each sample was miniscule), I was already starting to feel the effects of the wine. I admit that I do lean on the side of being lightweight, but it was also due to the fact that I hadn’t eaten much that morning (only some toast, maybe some eggs)– in retrospect, I should’ve eaten something heftier beforehand. And since leaving France, where it’d been normal to regularly have wine for meals and with friends, I’d not been drinking very much, so my tolerance for alcohol plummeted. I was already feeling drunk, and although I laugh back on it today, I was feeling embarrassed then.
I did try to remedy it by having some pizza for lunch at that tasting room, but by then, it was too late– I did my best to tough it out as we went to South Coast Winery where M continued on, as well as to Churon Winery where I did my best to finish a flight of dessert wines, but by then, I already tapped out. We returned to M’s around 17:00, and I did my best to recover for the rest of the day.
My wine-tasting experience in Temecula fell a bit flat, just because I couldn’t handle my wine. Call it getting old or “out of practice,” but I think having a burger or something very greasy and filling beforehand would’ve made a difference in my stamina. Well, you live and you learn!
Overall, my four days in Temecula were a blast, thanks to great company from M and all of the delicious food and drink I consumed. It was a much-needed break from work, and I returned to the office that following Monday feeling rejuvenated. There’s a lot to see and do in Temecula, and I’d be keen on revisiting to check out more of the food scene– and a redo of my wine-tasting adventures.
Thanks for reading! More travels coming soon. 🙂