One of my favorite pastimes from the San Francisco Bay Area was visiting the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country. The landscape especially in Fall and Spring, beautiful vineyards and estates, a wide variety of good wine especially exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, romantic bed & breakfasts (B&Bs), good spas and hot springs in Calistoga, and gourmet food in famous restaurants such as the culinary Institute of America (CIA) Greystone, all add up to memorable getaways.
I had heard about Temecula and its wineries in S. California for some time. But I never had the opportunity to visit it. I didn’t think it would be anything like Napa and Sonoma. On my birthday in Nov. I had the opportunity to do a day trip there and I was pleasantly surprised. The landscape is beautiful, there are plenty of decent wineries and some even have nice restaurants. It is less commercial and less busy than Napa, which adds to its charm.
More importantly, what is unique about this region is that because of the warmer climate they can grow certain Italian varietals such as Dolcetto and Montepulciano grapes, that we do not get in Napa and Sonoma. It was a pleasant day with good company. I’ll remember this one.