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One of the great things about California is that you can pretty much get to a beach, mountains, desert or wine country with just a couple hour drive. I love heading up north to Napa Valley for some wine tasting but not too far from San Diego, Orange County or Palm Springs is beautiful Temecula.

No matter which type of wine you’re looking for, you can probably find it here!  Known for their diversity, wineries in the Temecula Valley grow and produce over 50 different varietals of wine; from Cabernet Sauvignon to Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot to Mourvedre, Viognier to Chardonnay.  Along with fabulous wines, you’ll find incredible winery restaurants, intimate bed and breakfast inns, lush resorts, gift shops and beautiful picnic grounds.

If you have never tried Groupon travel, this is a must. Here you will find lots of great travel discounts with lots of things to do. A great place to stay is South Coast Winery Resort and Spa. Not only is this a full-service resort and spa but it is also an award-winning working winery as well. Lots of things do and experience if you are wanting to just stay put and relax.

One of our favorite wineries to visit by bellas who travel in Temecula is the Robert Renzoni VineyardsAfter taking a trip to Rome, Italy last fall Italian Pino Grigio wine has become my beverage of choice. The Robert Renzoni Vineyards has 12 acres in the Temecula Valley that is naturally suited to grape growing. Ten of the vineyard’s acres are planted to the classic Bordeaux & Italian grape varieties in 6 vineyard blocks:

Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 8 & 4 (3 acres)
Pinot Grigio, Clone 4 (3 acres)
Sangiovese, Brunello Clone 5 (4 acres)
Barbera, Clone 3 (1/4 acre)

When you sign up for your wine tour make sure you ask for Phil and have him show you the secret room where many of Old Hollywood would hang out. Do not forget to try the Italian cuisine at Mama Rosa’s Trattoria right on the estate.

Great Groupon deal

Another great Groupon deal is getting a car for your wine tour. This included 3 wine tasting at the local wineries, picnic lunch and a driver for your day.

If you are not afraid of heights The Grape Escape Hot Air Balloon Adventures is a great way to really see the Temecula ValleyExperience peace and serenity as you drift above vineyards and the sun rising over the San Jacinto mountains. Every day’s flight is unique, a hot air balloon’s path is set by the wind speed and direction. No two flights are ever the same! Views include local lakes, citrus groves, wineries and estate homes from your spectacular view in the air. Have fun! ~Bridgette

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