My recollection gets a little hazy here as I allow myself to thoroughly relax and melt into the experience. I did manage to ascertain that the Vino Therapy facial costs $75.00. It is an ideal treat for anyone after a day of Temecula vineyard touring and tasting.
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.
A campaign Callaway launched ruffled some feathers, however: "White Wine Is All We Make". Joe says the German winemaker Callaway had at the time was trained in whites, primarily Riesling and the reds he produced weren't so good. The inside joke at the time was "white wine is all they know how to make."
Although he still practices dentistry, wine is in Wilmer's blood. He studied viticulture at UC Davis and winemaking at Mt. San Jacinto College and San Diego State. "Wine gets into your soul little by little and becomes a passion."
He explains that he's making wine for a broad range of customers, from the person who has never tasted wine to the true connoisseur. "I don't buy enough wine to keep us in business", he says, so he makes wines for the people on the other side of the counter. He listens to his customers, too, and enjoys interacting with them.
Whereas he used to believe you were a good winemaker if you could analyze a wine down to its chemical base, he now realizes the importance of time spent in the vineyards understanding how the fruit is grown and being able to manipulate the vineyards to optimize the quality of the fruit.