The emphasis here is on slowing the pace of life, winding back the clock to an earlier time. When you near the tasting room, you get the feeling you could be in Europe. A bright red exterior with striped awnings and the words Rhône, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Dijon, Marseilles and others beckon you to enter. Instead of a sign reading “open” or “closed”, theirs reads “oui” or “non”. Black and white checkerboard tiled floors and tasteful touches throughout complete the look.
Prelude also features a wine cave that will be open on weekends. Spacious with a long tasting bar, its large doors open wide and visitors can soak in the vineyards while enjoying wine and entertainment on occasion. Proprietor Denis Ferguson looks forward eventually to presenting plays in a small amphitheater. Look for live music in the future as well. I’m excited to see this addition to the wineries in Temecula and look forward to seeing what the future brings.