Australia Meets Temecula

Nothing Else Counts In This World!   

Off We Go For An Adventure 4/25/2011

87 miles door to door
87 miles door to door

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The newlyweds go wine tasting

Visiting Temecula with friends

Visiting Temecula with friends

Wine Tasting At Faulkner

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Ed studies the offerings and is confused about etiquette


Man with an empty glass.... This is bad

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Vicky and Del (the designated watchers) enjoy the kibitzing

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"Here's mud in your eye"


"Na back home even the Roo's drink a bit"

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Vicky demonstrates how to wear the lastest in fashionable glasses.. Vicky is fair dinkum

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Do not drink and gamble...

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Vicky gets a wine tasting class

Wine Drinking Professionals... Check Out The Clothes

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Wine makes Paul serious

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What... no wine in his hands???

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Meanwhile Ed studies the menu some more

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Oh oh... Del, I have an idea...


We need a wine bottle chandelier in our house...
But who will drink the bottles empty?? Oh, Paul.....

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Poor Del

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"Hey... that's not too bad after all"

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It's you!

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Vicky doesn't want Del to see the price tag

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We ought call him "Muggs" from now on


He looks to debonair with the wine glasses... Or are they specimen glasses

Across The Parking Lot To The Restaurant

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The peacocks watch the valley below


The peacocks gave Vicky an idea.... Where is Ruby?

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Neat porch

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Great view over the grapes

Lunch At The Pinnacle Restaurant

Four years of planning and construction was completed in September 2006 with the Grand Opening of The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery. The Pinnacle offers great panoramic views, outstanding Mediterranean style food, and high quality service. This outstanding restaurant is open for lunches 7 days a week. Best of all, it offers the finest Temecula wine

Set on a 1,500 foot hilltop, The Pinnacle offers customers seating in the air conditioned indoors or on the open-air outdoor balcony. The restaurant also serves as an evening wedding and banquet venue.

According to Ray Falkner, "There are many fine Temecula restaurants. But the Pinnacle Wine Country Restaurant is is unrivaled in the Temecula Wine Country. Plus, we offer a unique dining experience in our VIP Room located in our "Wine Cave" below the Restaurant".

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Tummies are full

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It's costume time

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We begin simple

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Its a veiled threat...


Vicky remembers High School

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Priceless....

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What a bunch of nuts

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We had loads of fun

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Debbie sneaks into the picture

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Debbie knows how to take a picture

Wilson Creek Winery

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Visiting Temecula with friends
Super California Spring day

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Flowers were quite beautiful


One has to look up close to see the flowers

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Wine in the garden... Life is good

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The pepper trees were in full bloom

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Iris flower were simply magnificent

Did You Know? - In water purification, Yellow Iris (I. pseudacorus) is used. The roots are usually planted in a substrate (e.g. lava-stone) in a reedbed-setup. The roots then improve water quality by consuming nutrient pollutants, such as from agricultural runoff.

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Purple bearded iris

Did You Know? - Irises are extensively grown as ornamental plants in home and botanical gardens. Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in New Jersey, for example, is a living iris museum with over 10,000 plants, while in Europe the most famous iris garden is arguably the Giardino dell'Iris in Florence (Italy) which every year hosts one of the most famous iris breeders' competitions in the world.

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The preferred method to get to the other side of Wilson Creek

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The footbridge was freshly painted

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Look carefully to see crockagators... No really, Vicky saw one...


Vicky's description of the croc was a little difficult to believe


Look carefully

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Just simply beautiful

Time To Imbibe

Did You Know? - From Latin prefix im-  (“im-”) + bibere  (“to drink”), from whence also beverage (via Old French).

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Last one in gets the bill

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Belly up to the bar... Wine tasting is hard yacka


Yeah yeah.. The gang's all here

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Yes Dear... Daniel is learning quickly


Looking good

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Today no wine is onkus


I like this one...


Wine tasting is in full swing

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Getting the scoop

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She is studying too hard me thinks... This is a great water hole


Del found a "Gotta have"

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Snort..... No No Vicky, it's SNIFF


By golly... she's got it

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Bye winery

Over The Ortega Highway

Did You Know? - State Route 74 (SR 74), a part of the Pines to Palms Scenic Byway, is a mostly scenic highway in the U.S. state of California. It runs from Palm Desert in Riverside County westward to San Juan Capistrano in Orange County.

A portion of Route 74 in Orange and Riverside counties is named after the famous Spanish explorer Sgt. Jose Ortega, who led a small party of men around the newly discovered San Francisco Bay from Palo Alto to the Carquinez Straits.

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Above Lake Elsinore

Did You Know? - Lake Elsinore was a popular destination in the first half of the 1900s for celebrities to escape the urban Hollywood scene. Many of their homes still stand on the hills surrounding the lake, including Aimee's Castle (Aimee Semple McPherson), a uniquely shaped house perched on a hill above the water.

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Hope we do NOT see one of these for the next 30 minutes

Did You Know? - A road train or roadtrain is a trucking concept used in remote areas of Argentina, Australia, Mexico, the United States and Canada to move freight efficiently. The term "road train" is most often used in Australia. In the U.S. and Canada the terms "triples," "Turnpike doubles" and "Rocky Mountain doubles" are commonly used for longer combination vehicles (LCVs). A road train consists of a relatively conventional tractor unit, but instead of pulling one trailer or semi-trailer, the road train pulls two or more of them.

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On top of the world


I think there mean "Look out!!!"

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Stop... Go no further... Alert alert


The guys are about to break out in song... Run for your lives


Bye for now... See you soon