Here’s the tea on Temecula Wine Tasting: in under two hours, you can ditch the city and head inland for an immaculate experience, hop from one winery to the next, enjoy the views, and – of course – get pretty buzzed. While LA does have its share of wine tasting experiences (Malibu, for example), there’s really nothing like sitting on a patio atop a sprawling vineyard and sampling different vintages while listening to Frank Sinatra. It’s the setting for me! While I do love our beaches, the miles of blossoming vines against a backdrop of rugged, rolling mountains can truly take your breath away. It’s serene and romantic, perfect for a girl’s day or a hot date. Just be sure to book a room, because even one vineyard visit will make you unable to operate a vehicle.
Here’s my recommended route for a one-day Temecula tasting:
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Starting (and staying the night) at Europa Village is a good way to go. While your taste buds can still function, I recommend sitting at Bolero and trying the “Let’s Cool Down” signature wine flight for some of the best whites you’ll ever taste!
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Whether you’re interested in an indoor tasting (6 samples for ~$35) or a full day by the pool, this may be one of the chicest wineries you’ll ever see. Channeling the southern Italian coast with its lounge chairs and Cabines, this location provides great IG content and a full menu fit for any palate.
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Bringing true Italian charm, this venue is draped in vines and adorned with arches. With a large selection of reds and a hilltop patio, you will truly feel transported! Plus, there’s plenty on their food menu if you need something to soak up the substances.
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Walking distance from Robert Renzoni, you’ll find a stunning, dual staircasing welcoming you into this truly spectacular location. Pizza and Mediterranean cuisine are on the menu, as this winery has Persian roots, and live music is a frequent delight.
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While tastings are available, I imagine you’ll be ready to sit and eat at this point, and . . . holy charcuterie! Altisima is new on the scene, often crowded at the restaurant, and yet the charcuterie board alone is worth the wait. Boasting a full, Spanish-style menu, this is a great last stop to fill your bellies and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscape.