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Experiencing Wine Country in Southern California Style

This past weekend, I spent the day in Temecula’s Wine Country.  Temecula is an approximately 45 minute drive from downtown San Diego and boasts a variety of vineyards.  You can pretty much have your pick of types of wines and styles: from larger wineries that feature guided tours, restaurants and spas to small family-run places, where visitors can elbow up to the oak bar to taste a Fume Blanc and Petite Syrah.

My destination for the afternoon was South Coast Winery Resort and Spa. The weather was just right to be outside sipping some great varietals.I do not pretend to be a wine expert, although I certainly enjoy drinking it.  I have lately been on a white wine kick, so I started with their 2009 Pinot Grigio.  My favorite I have to say however was their 2003 Carter Estate Private Reserve Merlot.  The description states it is a blend of blueberries and rose petals mangled with a rich chocolate, coffee earthiness that is warmed with French oak.  All I can tell you was that we really enjoyed it!  Our wine expert Brett was a great source of knowledge and did a great job and made sure we sampled some great wines.

South Coast is a great place to spend the afternoon or stay for the night.  They have a restaurant, wine tasting area, spa and fabulous villas. It’s also really well known for hosting weekend getaways, weddings, and corporate events.  It has something for everyone.

Interested in wine tasting at South Coast Winery?  Submit a comment to the blog and five lucky winners will be chosen to receive “Behind the Scenes Winery Tour and Tasting for Two” at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa.  Winners chosen Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Post by Suzzanne Ravitz.