I think we have a winery addiction.
The place 'aint cheap so we went with a Thursday to Saturday stay and enjoyed a four day weekend. Well, technically 3 1/2 day weekend for me since I insisted on working a half day on Thursday.
It was hot. So hot! It's been gloomy in So Cal, but it warmed up significantly making Friday one of the most perfect pool days ever. It got up to 98 degrees while we were out there. I don't know how people sit in the sun for hours without cover, but I am not a rotisserie chicken, so an umbrella is absolutely mandatory. When you have cover you're set. We stayed there for hours taking a dip when it got too hot, and relaxing. We subsisted on wine, cheese, grapes, and salami during the day. We drank our complimentary bottle of wine at the pool, and then did a tasting at Ponte Winery next door. Our favorite wine from there is Late Harvest. It's a red, but so sweet you can taste the berries. MJ bought two bottles when we were there last time. We finally ate some real food at the South Coast Winery Rose Restaurant that night.
We most definitely will make it to Napa eventually, but until then Temecula will do nicely. The grounds are quiet, and serene, but the mood is festive and fun. There really isn't that much to do at a winery except drink, eat and relax. I have no problem with that.