Today’s Winery is located in Temcecula, California
Keyways Vineyard Winery
If you are looking for a winery that has a social calendar that would rival any socialite, and great tasting wines to boot. Then this is the winery for you.
I enjoyed that this winery was a tad off the beaten path. There were no larges busses taking up tons of parking spaces and there are not hordes of people. The staff is friendly and is able to really speak to you one on one, letting you know all the ins and outs of their particular wines and about the stunning winery itself.
The wine tasting area at Keyways is beautiful (my picture does not do it justice). The bar top is made of onyx. It has a charming early California style decor.
The casual seating area is perfect to relax and enjoy a glass of wine. If you book ahead you can have a wine tasting in their private wine room.
The gazebo area is the perfect place to enjoy a sunny afternoon catching up with friends or making new ones.I want to have a dinner party beyond the trellis in front of the fountain among the vineyard. Isn’t it beautiful?
One of my favorite things I saw was the poster for the yoga class held at the winery on Saturday mornings. Who wouldn’t show up for yoga class knowing there would be a mimosa waiting for you at the end of class? Now that’s a brilliant idea!
Take a look at the Event Calendar where there is always something happening!
Would you like to be transported to Italy without the long plane ride? From the moment Handsome and I drove onto the 12 acre estate of the Robert Renzoni Vineyard, somehow we were no longer in Temecula, California, but on the picturesque grounds of a spectacular winery in Italy.
Take the lovely walk under the beautiful trellis entwined with Wisteria vines welcoming you to the Tuscan Estate where you will be greeted by a lovely fountain.
When you walk in to the entrance of the recently completed Tuscan Villa tasting room you immediately feel like you are among friends. It’s comfortable and relax atmosphere makes you want to stay all day.
This is truly a winery you can hang out all day, a little bocce ball game at the court, perhaps?
Or just enjoy a glass or two of wine under one of the trellis gazing out at the spectacular view.
Don’t forget to take a short walk up the hill directly behind the tasting room for a breathtaking view of Temecula Valley. During harvest time you can even sample the grapes in this area, with permission of course. Check with the staff or the Robert Renzoni website for all the activities happening all year long.
The Renzoni Crest dates back to the 16th Century, to find out more about this crest and the wonderful family it belongs to click here.
Todays winery is located in the Southern California wine county of Temecula Valley.
This impressive boutique winery is located high upon a hilltop.
As soon as we walked outside of the winery, we were greeted by Mojo. Mojo is Miramonte’s young Labradoodle. Mojo hung out with us while Handsome and I toured the stunning grounds. Miramonte is 100% dog friendly.
The garden area is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine. Mojo was showing us the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the grounds, I think she knew some secret spots.
The veranda seating area is the prime place to catch the sunset and then stay around for their live music/wine events every Friday and Saturday night from 7-10 PM. Check here for a calendar of events.
Although the winery does not allow you to bring your own food on the premises, they do offer chef prepared appetizers for purchase on the weekend.
Today, we are back in Temecula Valley wine country to visit…
Callaway Vineyard and Winery
With all the wineries Handsome and I have visited lately, up and down the California Coast, Callaway was the first winery we have seen with these self-serve wine dispensers. We were told by employees that sometimes it get very busy when buses of wine tours come to visit, so they made the decision to put in these self serve machines to elevate the wait. When you walk in, you buy a token and when you want a tasting you just put your token in the machine with the wine you would like to try.
They also have a wine tasting bar with an outstanding view of the valley. Their Bordeaux blend was one of my favorites Reds on this trip through Temecula’s wineries.
Their wine tasting staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the wines and the Callaway legacy. Did you know in 1969 the first of Callaway’s vines were planted in Temecula? And, Callaway Winery and the famous golf club “Big Bertha” by Callaway, the number one golf company in the world were both the brain child of Ely Callaway.
Right beyond the tasting area was this glass enclosed dining room. The view from this room was spectacular. I would love to have an occasion to have a dinner party here. The picture does not do this room justice!
At the entrance of the winery there is a gift shop (like most wineries). This gift shop had unique items many of which I wanted to purchase!
There are many places to sit outside and enjoy the panoramic view but, my favorite place on the property was a tucked away patio area covered by my favorite vine, the Passiflora also know as the Passion Vine. It received it’s name due to the numbers of it’s various flower parts, Spanish missionaries adopted this unique flower as a symbol of the last days of Jesus, especially his crucifixion (you didn’t know you were going to get a history lesson today, did you?). For more info about this beautiful flower click here.
Today, we are visiting a winery in the Southern California wine area of Temecula.
It was almost two years ago to the day, Handsome and I arrived here in the wee hours of the morning, it was still pitch black outside. We were meeting our pilot to soar over Temecula in a hot air balloon, and Europa Village was the beginning of our extraordinary day drifting above the clouds. It was nice to be going back to do some wine tasting this time.
The wine tasting room has one of the smaller bar areas we encountered throughout our wine tasting tour. There are many delightful gift items to browse through and purchase in the tasting room. One of the staff members told us that in the near future there are plans to expand the tasting room. We really enjoyed the cozy atmosphere of the wine tasting area.
The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and happy to discuss the European-style varietal grapes that are planted across their 30 + acres of land.
There is several outdoor seating areas amidst the lovely gardens. When you sit under the covered patio area, the lower part of the vineyard is right next to you. It is easy to lose track of time and where you are in this beautiful location.
I love receiving this wine glass as a memento from our wine tasting. Whenever I drink out of it now, I immediately go back to the wonderful times Handsome and I have shared at Europa Village.
I am always amazed looking at grapes on the vine, then thinking of the long processes winemakers endure while producing that beautiful glass of wine.
The entrance into Europa Village gardens and wine tasting area.
Today’s winery brings us to the charming Napa Valley city of Rutherford.
St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery
I loved going to St. Supery, it’s newly renovated tasting room is bright and hip. You know you are not at tasting room just like the one you just left 10 minutes ago. It has a young feel to it, from the moment you walk in the door. A beautiful piece of bright orange art greets you at the entrance.
As you stroll up to the tasting counter you have already been greeted by several of the staff who are friendly and welcoming. They are excited to share their love of wines with you.
They also have gift items that I could not resist buying, like this jam.
One of my favorite places in the tasting room was the back room area. It was a little more private and displayed bottles and bottles of their delicious wine. I love that all their wines are estate grown, produced and bottled on site at this family winery.
One of my favorite photos I photographed is this black and white I took of the back wine tasting room.
Their outdoor seating at the entrance to their tasting room made me feel like I was sitting in a French cafe.
I love this wall of greenery. It totally transports you to another place in time. The colors were changing on the leaves…it is stunning.
The very first time I tried a scone, I was living in England. I was staying at a bed & breakfast, I ended up staying so long the owners used me as their live in babysitter from time to time. Their home is also the first place I ever encountered a ghost (I will have to tell you about that at another time).
Back to the lemon scones…
On the weekends, when most of their guests stayed (other than the British football team that was living there, as well (again, a story for another time) the lady of the house would make fresh baked scones for all her guests to enjoy. The scones were a bit more cake-like than the other scones I have ever tasted since. After a few weeks, I also started helping her in the kitchen. I had my own motive, I wanted that recipe. She was happy to pass it along to me In exchange for my help in the kitchen.
Sadly, I never did get that recipe, and I have searched for a more cake-like scone, to no avail.
Here is what I have come up with…
Combine dry ingredients with the cold butter until the mixture resembles small crumbs.
Add in the buttermilk.
Form dough into a disk and cut wedges about 3/4 of the way down the dough.
Have you ever tasted the sweet flavor of Roasted Garlic?
Chances are if you have been to a Italian restaurant you have tried it, maybe without even knowing it! Roasted garlic adds a delicious flavor to soups, stews, and roasts. Add it to mash potatoes and it will taste like you are at a five star restaurant. Add it to mayo and you have roasted garlic aioli.It so easy to make and the roasted garlic adds such a depth of flavor to whatever you are cooking.
And here’s how easy it is to make…
Chop off the top portion of the garlic head to expose the cloves inside. Place head on a piece of aluminum foil.
Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil over the top of the exposed garlic cloves.
Wrap the entire garlic head up in the foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven until the garlic cloves become soft and caramelized.
Wait until the clove is cool enough to handle and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Sometimes, if the stars align perfectly and I have a piece of freshly baked bread hanging around in my kitchen, I take the slightly warm roasted garlic and spread it directly on the piece of bread. It is just like a little piece of heaven!
When you first drive onto the property you are greeted by an embrace of Sycamore Trees which gently bend in the direction of the wind. Peju winery is located in one of the most unique buildings located in Napa Valley. The tower of the building is 50 ft. high. The building is surrounded by several fountains, gardens, and a reflective pool. You will walk through a metal sculpture that reminds me of a bottle of wine, as you enter onto the property from the parking area.
One of the many water features located on the grounds. It is lovely to walk by this fountain as you enter the winery.
The entrance door to the winery is hand carved and depicts a scene from Greek mythology. Inside the tasting room the tile floor has been imported from Turkey.
Don’t you just love this beautiful garden gate? The garden grounds are a vision of Tony Peju (his life long hobby) and are maintained by Herta Peju. Chances are, you will see Herta planting and pruning the garden on a daily basis.
I fell in love with this outdoor entaining area located amongst the vineyards. I would love to have dinner at sunset there.
Many wine barrels were outside as the winery was in the midst of the harvest. The very nice staff member allowed Handsome and I to go in the back of the winery where the harvest process was happening.
I was so enthralled by the process I forget to take pictures!
One of my favorite wines at Peju was, Liana, Orange Muscat. I just love dessert wines and this one was especially yummy. I really loved the hint of orange and ginger. A perfect dessert wine to enjoy with some after dinner cheeses and fruit!
Today’s winery makes you feel like you are in the Sequoia National Forest,
but you are really at…
Sequoia Grove Winery
From the moment you drive on the property of Sequoia Grove Winery you feel like you are transported to the Sequoia National Forrest. The statuesque trees are such a presence when you arrive on the property.
The tasting room is located in a 110 year old barn, surrounded by a beautiful large grove of sequoia trees that have been growing for more than a century. The barn is nestled within the grove of trees.The tasting bar, made of redwood is the perfect place to taste Sequoia Grove’s wide selection of wines in a casual friendly atmosphere. This tasting area was once a hay barn and later on it was the hub of operations for the winery before it became the wineries tasting room.
This huge wine barrel is located in the tasting room.
Enjoy this private seating area with a glass of wine listening to the soft sounds of the flowing fountain. It is the perfect place to enjoy the cool breezes of Napa Valley with friends and delicious wine.
A small view of their 24 acre Estate Vineyard.
The fountain located right outside the tasting room door.