After college (or high school, or whatever big life changes come your way), it can be hard to keep up with your friendships. Between significant others, jobs, and moves, it’s not always easy to find the time where you can all get together. I don’t get to see my best girlfriends as often as I’d wish, but I love that, when I do, it’s like nothing has changed. It is so important to keep up with your friendships and to make time to get away with just you and your girls. You get to talk about and catch up on things that you don’t always get to catch up on when there’s other people around. I am blessed that these girls are still a part of my life almost 10 years later and we’re still just as close, in fact, closer. Lucky for us, we’re spread out between San Diego and Los Angeles so we’re not too far apart. And even LUCKIER for us, Temecula is the perfect halfway point.. aka Temecula Wine Country, Southern California’s Napa. Today I’m sharing a little Temecula winery tour with you, the wineries we visited, and where some of my new favorite spots are!
Our first stop on the tour was Europa Village. I’ve actually been here before and was happy to be back. This winery is SO CUTE! You seriously feel like you’re in Europe. You even get a “passport” for them to stamp as you taste. And, they’re working on building additional wine rooms that will each serve wines and food from a specific country so you can “travel” about their grounds as you get your passport stamps in Spain… Italy… France… Who needs to travel to Europe now, am I right!? 😉
Tastewise, the wines were good, but none of them really amazed me too much. My favorite was their sweeter of the rosé wines (I forget the name!). They also have complimentary little cheese breadsticks to snack on while you taste. Also good to note, they prefer that you make a reservation if you have a party of 8 or more. Luckily, we got there early in the day so we easily found a place for our party to sit.
We tried to keep everything relatively close (even though all wineries in Temecula are pretty much within 10 minutes of each other, lol) so for our next stop we picked one that was right up the road and had great reviews on Yelp. Not to mention, did you notice the name? Beauty and the Beast is one of the greatest movies of all time so obviously we had to go here. One of the reviews I read about this place talked about how great the hospitality was here and boy were they on point! It is family owned and run so it definitely has a more warm and welcoming atmosphere than that of the larger, more “corporate” wineries in Temecula. We had the honor of being served by the wine maker’s mother and she was just the sweetest! The place itself is smaller, but the hospitality more than makes up for it. Their tasting area is indoors and they also have an indoor area with tables which is where we sat at since it was a gloomy day.
The white merlot here is to die for! It was soo good!! They serve complimentary fresh bread here and we also decided to get a large charcuterie board to share. This was delicious as well and even featured real honeycomb honey! It was also the perfect amount for our group of 8 to share. Lumiere is a true hidden gem and I will definitely be back here again!
Peltzer Family Cellars
We decided on 3 wineries total so for our last stop we headed to Peltzer Family Cellars which is on the same road as Lumiere just a couple wineries down. Peltzer has a big open space and I believe it doubles as a pumpkin farm as well during the fall (thanks to Instagram geotags for that bit of knowledge!). After parking, you walk up a small dirt road to a big wood barn where they do their wine tastings and also have a store. There are also some outdoor patio areas which is where we sat. This place is definitely more rustic, but it has so much character with lots of cute signs perfect for photo opps as you’ll see! They even had dogs running around inside playing ball! I loved the vibes here.
We all decided to split a bottle of wine rather than do a tasting and went for the 2015 Rustik Red, which was nice and rich and really just a great red. No complimentary snacks here, but we purchased a loaf of their kalamata olive sourdough to share because when drinking wine, one must always have bread. 😉
So there you have it — our fun-filled girls day at the Temecula wineries! What are some things you and your girls love to do when you get together? I’d love to hear your ideas!