A February 2002 trip
to Temecula by Karin Leperi
Quote: A 2-day tour of Temecula wine country, vinyards, and sampling of fine-dining.
A total of 15 different wineries offer samples of the vine - be sure and top-off your wine tastings by dining on the terrace at Callaway or the new restaurant at Baily. Be wary of the restaurant at Thornton, it is both overpriced and overrated. The same holds true for the winery - a bastion of snobbery and arrogance. Both times I attempted to partake in a tasting, I was totally ignored by the hostess for over 5 minutes. I didn't wait any longer.
The award for "friendliest" winery is without equal - Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards. See a more detailed write-up on the charm of this family-owned and operated vinyard and its award-winning wines.
Temecula is easily accessed from interstate 15, about midpoint from Los Angeles and San Diego. Take the Rancho California Road exit and within several miles, you are flanked by wineries on both your left and right.