From Pechanga our shuttle took us to Old Town Temecula. The weather was picture perfect; bright blue skies, a light breeze and temperatures near 80. Our first stop was at Tesoro Winery where owner Buzz Olson welcomed us with a glass of wine and an Old Town Wine & Dine Walk card and glass good for discounts on wine and food in Old Town. Buzz and wife Kimberly initially planned on opening a bed and breakfast on Rancho California Road in Wine Country. They purchased a property and planted Kimberly Vineyards, but the B & B plans are on hold for now. Meanwhile winemaker par excellence Etienne Cowper is producing lovely wines and their tasting room is charming and inviting. Buzz poured us a sneak taste of his new Syrah and Il Terrazza Rosso (Terrace Red in Italian) and both hit the mark. The Il Terrazza Rosso has an extremely deep color, is served chilled and will be a perfect summer wine, crisp and refreshing.
A few members of the group were able to enjoy a quick bite at Soro’s Mediterranean Grill and a chance to meet owner “Papa” Soro. His hummus and pita plate really hits the spot. Linda Kissam from Kissam Consulting and Carolyn Fittipaldi from the Temecula CVB did a magnificent job organizing this visit to Temecula. If you haven’t been to my stomping grounds yet, I would love to welcome you.