Because Alex and Darnell are back visiting in California, we went wine tasting in Temecula over the weekend. Here we’re at Leonesse Cellars, the first stop on our tour. We had a pretty full van – Alex, Darnell, Alex’s parents Hal and Mary Margaret, Darnell’s parents Devin and Lorena, Mike, gem, Gracie, our sober driver John, and myself.
We got to try the grapes that were destined to become wine. They were tasty this way too but different than the grapes you’d buy in a grocery store to eat.
Our guide took some time to explain the process itself and showed us the large tanks.
Then we went inside for the actual tastings. I didn’t know anything really about wine, but our host spoke for a few minutes on each wine. It was a lot of fun.
The Wilson Creek Winery was much more laid back. They also had a port served in a glass made of chocolate. It was interesting!
We picked up a pizza to eat in the van on our way to the next winery. The Maruice Car’rie Winery had terrible service. Luckily it was photogenic!
By the time we reached the Black Market Brewery, I had had enough to drink. I talked games with John before heading outside to chat with Mary Margaret.
We had dinner at Public House, a pub with fun, live music. The plan was to eat appetizers and have drinks, but a few of us wanted real food. Hal got us a table at the restaurant so he, Mary Margaret, Alex, Mike, gem, and me had a nice dinner. I had some tasty chicken stuffed with peppers.
In the evening, Mike, Alex, gem, and I had fun conversation in which we decided the van was its own nation, Vanica. It very quickly evolved into a corrupt state with a religious figure, John, used to keep the front passengers in line. Art imitates reality.
A post like this doesn’t really do the trip justice. What was great was talking with friends. I miss Alex and Darnell, and it was wonderful to see them again. They have good taste in friends, so seeing our mutual friends is also fun, and they both have amazing families too.
I had a blast!
Edit: I forgot to add that those meanies made me dance at the Public House. Oh well. It wasn’t so bad!