Our friends Roger and Kathy asked us to join them for Music In The Vineyard, starting with wine tasting at Maurice Car’rie Winery and ending up at La Cereza Winery and Gallery. We tasted at Maurice Car’rie, enjoying the Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese best. Laura really loved the pineapple champagne.
From there we headed up the road to the sister winery, La Cereza. Both wineries are now owned by Buddy and Cheri Linn. We started in the members tasting room. The award winning Viognier really impressed me. Big apricot, honeysuckle and peach on the nose and crisp and refreshing to drink. I also enjoyed their Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. We finished our tasting and went down the driveway to Hemingway’s Wine and Cigar Bar. Temperatures were in the 80s, there was great music from The Routine, and we grabbed a bottle of Pinot Grigio and sat down to enjoy the afternoon.
Roger and Kathy brought their son Joe along, and he asked me to go into the vineyards with him to take some pictures. He shows an early passion for photography and an excellent eye. It’s so exciting to see young people get enthused.
I had a chance to visit with Buddy and look forward to returning for a visit with him and a more in depth look at both wineries. The Cuban influence at Hemingway’s is unmistakable and with the smell of cigar smoke in the air you almost feel like you’re in Havana. If you’re in the Temecula Valley, I highly recommend a visit to the two wineries. They’re doing a great job.