“Who wants to driveeee?” These are the dreaded words that nobody wants to hear before a day of wine tasting. As a gift for our anniversary, I surprised Brady with a trip to go wine tasting in Temecula. But not just any trip- a DeVine Wine Tour where I didn’t have to worry about driving!
I’m a big Groupon fan (who isn’t) and when I found a deal for $155 for a wine tour for two, I jumped on it. What does the 5 hour tour include? Transportation to 4 wineries, 6 tastings at each winery, a hilarious tour guide and lunch. SOLD!
Our pick up time was 10am, and right on time, Adam (our tour guide with raving reviews on Yelp!) pulled up and handed us our itineraries. He made two other stops for 18 other eager winos- and we were on our way to our first winery – Bel Vino, which was perched atop a hill that gave great views of the surrounding vineyards. Brady and I got into our wine tasting groove, took some pictures and had a blast. His favorite wine was Tatria, a Bordeaux blend, while mine was the White Merlot. So sweet and so delicious!! The hour went by fast, and we were delicately herded on our way to the next stop- Danza Del Sol. The farther along on our tour, the louder and more hilarious our group got, with Adam cranking up the tunes in front!
Danza was at the bottom of a hill, so we didnt see spectacular views, but we did sip some spectacular vino! The interior of the winery was boutique-y with tons of trinkets and quote pictures. The Tres Rose was my favorite- and I promptly bought a bottle for my Mom. We sat outside on the patio for a while, I played on Instagram and then we were off to stop #3, Cougar Vineyards (Bradys favorite ha ha).
Cougar had excellent views and beautiful surroundings. Inside the winery was a Boar’s Head Deli and it was there that Adam brought out our lunches which we selected when I booked the tour. Lunch consisted of a gourmet sandwich, salad and, of course, grapes. Our whole crowd was getting a little rowdier/friendlier by then and we had some more tastes (including a port, which I was wanting to try!) As the day went on, the wineries got more crowded, so the earlier you start, the better!
Our final stop (noooo!) was at Lorimar Winery, where we tried Brady’s favorite wine on the tour. The Cabernet Sauvignon had notes of bell pepper, and would pair well with pizza or pasta. I’m getting hungry/thirsty just thinking about that combo! Brady did his best Ray Charles impression at the piano, we had more wine and talked with our new buddies Nick and Janelle. Lorimar had a nice expanded outdoor area that was a perfect picture opportunity for shots in the vineyard. Another hour flew by, and it was time to head back. We were sad it was over, but the experience was amazing. (I don’t like ending things!)
We had an AWESOME time, and would take another DeVine tour in a heartbeat. I have a pretty fun family, so the next time they are all out here from back East, that will be the first suggestion I blurt out. I could also see the tour as the perfect girls day out, and great for bachelorette/bachelor parties. You really can’t beat the price either. On weekends, most tastings were around $15 per person. With the tour, you get transportation, don’t have to hassle with waiting in line to pay for tastings and you get lunch. It’s almost a no-brainer!
What stood out the most to me was the amazing customer service we received. Yelp did not lie. Adam was a great host, and rolled with all the jokes, and stragglers, very well. As soon as the bus pulled away I realized that I left my Mom’s bottle of Rose on it and was pretty bummed. Brady called the company and Adam actually met up with us at a street fair on the Main Street and personally handed me my wine. THEN, as a token of gratitude, I thought I would buy him a beer. By the time the beers were poured for the three of us, I realized it was cash only. Adam didn’t even blink when he offered to pay for our beers. Such great service! (Brady and I later bought him a round when we got cash). Just goes to show you that the DeVine tour staff will go the extra mile. Can’t say enough good things about our trip!
The next time you are pondering a trip to Temecula, forget the hassle of driving to wineries (they aren’t within walking distance) and book a tour with DeVine and taste without a care in the world. I can guarantee that you will be glad you did! :)