Under the direction of Jon McPherson, he dragged hoses, cleaned and shoveled out tanks, driving from San Bernardino to Temecula and back three to four times a week. He was hired on across the street at Callaway Winery where he managed the tasting room and worked in the lab.
To that end, Field to the Fork will allow attendees to wander through the vineyards moving to various food stations tasting the freshest ingredients prepared by 14 world-class chefs, sipping estate-grown local wines from 10 different wineries or enjoying hand crafted beer from nationally honored breweries that are located right here.
Ken told me one of the things that has appealed to the partners so much is the sense of community here. "We're all here for the grapes." It's not uncommon to see winemakers helping each other out when the need arises.
Throughout the evening both Chef Francesco and his wife Filippa circulated charming everyone with their genuine warmth and hospitality. Owner Mike Rennie represented Leonesse and it appeared the entire Renzoni clan was there, continuing to celebrate Robert and Leila’s recent marriage.
When they decided to locate the winery on De Portola Road, more than a few eyebrows were raised. There were only two other wineries on the road at the time: Keyways and Filsinger. Keyways was open only occasionally; Filsinger was open on weekends only. Several owners of wineries on Rancho California Road told them they were making a big mistake. They honestly wondered if they were making a mistake themselves.