For our fantastically fun wine-tasting tour, we took The Grapeline-The Wine Country Shuttle which picked us up and dropped us off at the Embassy Suites on Rancho California Rd.
If we had thought harder about it, or had this fantastic blog to read when we were planning the excursion, we would have booked a room at the hotel for the evening after the wine tasting. Why do such a thing if you live right around the corner? Well, because "wine tasting" should really be called "wine chugging", and when you are done with your trip you will be in absolutely no condition whatsoever to be operating a motorized vehicle.
The shuttle was a great choice- all our tastings were included with our tickets....
plus a delicious picnic lunch (actually eaten at tables in an adorable gazeebo) at Wilson Creek Winery, home of the famous almond champagne,
not to mention we had a designated driver/tourguide who knew to take us to the Longshadow Ranch Winery for the live band that was playing that day.
Incidentally, our insurance guy, a native Temeculan, says he loves to go to this winery with his wife and daughter because it's so laid back and fun, and the kids love the horses.
There are about 30 other wineries in Temecula that I didn't mention in this post. Read some reviews, ogle some pics, and make a plan to come visit me in beautiful Temecula Valley Wine Country. You won't be disappointed!