We have known AJ & Laura for We met on board a cruise ship going to the Panama Canal.
We have not visited with Laura and AJ for quite a while (September 10th 2012) so when we got our notice to pick up wine, we called them and arranged a ron-dez-vou-us!
We decided to meet at the Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner because it is the best food in the valley and it is quiet plus they know AJ and Paul already!!
Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery - A great way to start the afternoon!
We took the van on this trip as the "Silver Bullet" is in the doctor's office to have the air conditioning fixed (again). It's an hour and a half trip but it goes quickly.
The kids were right on time!
AJ's cap says "El Antiguo" means "The Old"... A term of endearment from this Jujutsu friends
Did You Know? - Jujutsu is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon or only a short weapon. The word jujutsu can be spelled as ju-jitsu/jujitsu, ju-jutsu.
"Jū" can be translated to mean "gentle, soft, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding." "Jutsu" can be translated to mean "art" or "technique" and represents manipulating the opponent's force against himself rather than confronting it with one's own force.
AJ told us about his new exercise program
Eat or drink... What a decision!
Did You Know:
Age of vine before producing useful grapes—3 years
Age of vine before full production—5 years
Productive lifetime of a vine—30-35 years—Although the quality can remain good, the yield begins to decrease after that
Grape clusters in bottle—4-5
Grapes in a bottle—500-600
Clusters on a vine—40
Grapes in a cluster—75-100
Grape clusters in one glass of wine—1
Vines per acre—500-1300
Pounds of grapes produced by one vine—8-10
Tons per acre 3.5—4 (average—can vary greatly)
Gallons of wine per ton of grapes—120 - 150
Gallons of wine per acre—less than 500
Pinnacle is across the parking lot from our first stop.... Great groceries
We peeked into the kitchen
No No! Eat first!
Sue and AJ... A Pair to draw to!
Paul, Sue, Laura, and AJ after stuffing our tummies
Time to depart
The AJ hot rod was ready to go!
Going our separate ways.... For a while
The grapes were hanging low
We should have jumped out and got some!
We thought we were being watched!
We are ready to taste... We have been dry for almost 12 minutes!
The "Brown Bomb" was doing fine!
It was in the 90's with a nice breeze... A perfect day!
They had our glasses ready!
Sue had to visit the canned goods...
The gentlemen behind Sue captured our picture
"Hey there... Lower the bar... I cannot see over!"
All full of giggles...
We totally agree
They are loading our order onto the cart!
A great stop! We got our courage to face the freeway!
Did You Know:
Barrels per acre—13.5
Bottles per vine—4-6
Bottles per ton—500—700
Bottles per acre—4,000
Cases per barrel—24.6
Glasses per acre—16,000
Glasses in a bottle—5-6
Bottles per 60 gallon barrel—300
Calories in a 5 ounce glass of dry wine—100-125
Fat in a 5 ounce glass of dry wine—0
Carbohydrates in a 5 ounce glass of dry wine—1-2
Cost of acre of new vineyard in Temecula Valley—$120,000 (some existing property has been sold for $200,000 an acre)
Cost of French oak barrel—$600-850
Cost of American oak barrel—$300-550
Average age of a French oak tree used to make barrels—170 years
Number of years an oak barrel is used—5-8 ( 3 Vintages)
Come on in!
We do NOT drink water... We know what fish do in it
Two flights and we were done... White flight and chocolate flight
Nice tasting room
We could not finish it all
Rubber duckies went for a swim
Did You Know:
Number of vineyard acres in Temecula (2010)—1200 (out of a total of 485,120 acres in the entire county)
Most popular varietals in Temecula (in order of popularity)
1. Cabernet Sauvignon
4. Sauvignon Blanc
Number of wineries in Temecula—Approximately 32
Year grapes first planted in Temecula—1968 (by Vincenzo Cilurzo)
First winery built in Temecula—Calaway (1974) Ely Calaway
Ranking of United States in world wine production (1999) 4th - 533,596,000 gallons (behind Italy, France and Spain) (2008)
Ranking of United States in world wine acreage (1999)—4th—905,000 acres
Ranking of United States in world wide consumption—Second place - soon to become first
Percentage of U.S. wine made in California—90%
Average annual soft drink consumption of Americans per capita—55 gallons
Average annual beer consumption of Americans per capita—22 gallons
Average annual coffee consumption of Americans per capita—22 gallons
Average annual bottled water consumption of Americans per capita—11 gallons