Get Your Arts and Culture On: Coming to Temecula wine country and not partaking of the vino is like going to Amsterdam and not—well, you get the picture. Definitely check out Briar Rose Winery (www.briarrosewinery.com)—they specialize in reds and it’s reservation-only, FYI—for the kind of hospitality that’ll make your Muscat taste sooooo much sweeter. There’s also Miramonte Winery (www.miramontewinery.com), the kind of place that’s minted a reputation for being a Pinot Noir paradise created by wine geeks for wine geeks. And the baked brie in sourdough bread here—it doesn’t get any better than this. Yeah, your cup will surely runneth over.
Why You’ve Gotta Come Back: The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival (www.temeculawines.org) is scheduled for June 4-6. Don’t forget to head here again in September—it’s California Wine Month. Cheers!
South Coast Winery & Resort, 34843 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, (951) 587-9463; www.wineresort.com.