We Are Off To Trick Or Treat In Temecula (Page One)
We are gathered together to start the official wine drinking holidays! Ed and Kathy Roberts, Brian and Jan Finch, Bob and Donna Zaitz, Jule and Pablo, and us! We wonder if Temecula is ready for all this energy?? Let's get underway!
The Finch's, Zaitz and us took the 'Ol Van'.. Plenty of room for people and wine! Of course that meant the little guy needed a car wash!
We are off and running....
We follow the dots
This trip is unique... It's almost Halloween. We decided NOT to wear costumes although it may look like we have some one!
Let The Kibitzing Begin! Actually It Has Been Going On Since We Departed OC
Did You Know? - Vincenzo and Audry Cilurzo established the first modern commercial vineyard in the Temecula Valley in 1968.
In the same year, Guasti-based Brookside Winery planted its own vineyard. In 1971, Brookside produced the first wines from Temecula grapes at their Guasti winery.
Callaway Vineyard and Winery began farming grapes in 1969, and opened the first Temecula Winery in 1974. Its Founder, Ely Callaway Jr. went on to gain fame and fortune in the world of golf with his namesake company, Callaway Golf.
John Poole's Mount Palomar Winery opened in 1975, and in 1978 the Cilurzos opened the third Temecula winery at a new site. Their original vineyard, Temecula's oldest, is now owned by Maurice Carrie Winery.
Other notable stories regarding the start-up of the more than 25 wineries in the region abound, making Temecula Valley a small but significant wine production center.
Stop #1 - Falkner Winery
Brian enjoys the paintings in the Falkner Wine Tasting Room
The grand entrance
"Let the parry begin"
Paul gets in the picture (Courtesy of Bob Z)
Wine clothing awards
Bellying up to the bar...
Wine tasting... Rear view
"Sue... What do I do now??"
Getting ready for Halloween
Must have goodies
Betty took great care of us!
Bob greets Pablo
What are these two up to? Looks like fun
"Ed... Don't do it or Paul will put it in the internet!"
Jule provides some guidance to our newest wine tasters
"I am going to do some blending.... How about two reds and a white?"
Caught in the act of shopping???
Some of us wanted to sign up
"Eye is watching you!"
Neat candies for Halloween
What??? Bob did go shopping?
Did You Know? - Shopping is a sport that many men fail to comprehend the importance of and the skill involved in its existence. As a matter of fact, many men don't seem to realize'; the huge and critical role they play in the success of a money vacuum, known also as a shopping spree.
Looks like Ed got some deals also!
Stop #2 - Lunch At Falkner
A quick skip across the parking lot
Time to share stories and dine
Sue tries out the bread and olive oil
Kathy explains what will happen next.... Oh oh!
Time for wine.... But only a little bit!
We are in the middle of a wine tasting adventure
Donna plots out the next two hours activities
Paul and Jan celebrating anything!
They are off to the UK in about a week... We will miss them
Kathy and Ed in their wine attire
Our own Jolly Green Giant... Mr. Pablo!
"Here's to ya..."
Paul eyeing Sue's glass of wine
"No! Keep your eyes on your own EMPTY glass!"
Bob and Donna.... Donna is making an odd order (Thumbs Up) to the waitress
Did You Know? - Thumbs Up is a brand of cola in India. The logo is a red thumbs up. It was introduced in 1977 to offset the withdrawal of The Coca-Cola Company from India. The brand was later bought by Coca-Cola who re-launched it in order to compete against Pepsi.
As of February 2012, Thums Up is the leader in the cola segment in India, commanding approximately 40% market share and an overall 15% market share in the Indian aerated waters market.
"I ordered a what?"
"I found another winery we might try...."
Today Brian chose using his hands....
Jan is smart.. She is checking out how juicy it is first
Did You Know? - How to hold a hamburger may seem like second nature to most, but researchers in Japan reportedly spent four months figuring out a better way.
According to Kotaku, the TV show Honma Dekka!? recently hired three experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry, who produced a 3D scan of a hamburger and analyzed it on a particle level.
While most people pick up their burgers with their thumbs on the bottom and their other fingers on top, the trio reportedly argued that burger eaters should have their thumbs and pinkies supporting the bottom bun and their middle fingers spread evenly on top to minimize spillage and maximize the amount of beef patty and bun making it into the mouth.
The heck with science... Bite the sucker!
Kathy gives her opinion about the anchovy stuffed snail soup
"Gentlemen... I propose we have a cigar after this wonderful meal!"
Brian demonstrates what happens after he gets
in the car after Jan had adjusted the seats
Good friends... Good times
Time to depart to the next stop...
Should we call ahead and warn them?