If you haven't taken time to explore Southern California's wine country around Temecula, the perfect opportunity is on the way. The Temecula Valley's Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend is set for Saturday and Sunday, November 7th and 8th, 2009. The fun lasts all day, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.
This big event will allow you to enjoy visiting 20 plus wineries for paired wine and food sampling. You'll get first crack at newly released wines, unreleased wines and you'll be treated to barrel and tank samples. If you've never experienced wine this way, you should make it a point to do so. Nothing makes you feel more like a part of the wine experience than enjoying samples right from the barrel.
If you have never visited the Temecula Valley, know that they feature not only one of my personal favorite wineries - Hart - but also South Coast Winery - the winner of the California State Fair Winery of the Year Award two years running!
Tickets for the event range from $59 to $89 and can be purchased online. Go to the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association website, or call 800.801.9463.