Dear Food Wine Club: Dear wine tasting in Temecula,

Delicious wine over a beautiful Temecula vineyard.

Delicious wine over a beautiful Temecula vineyard.

It’s not really a secret: wine tasting is the best thing to do ever. You don’t have to be an oenophile – but that undoubtedly makes you cooler – to enjoy hanging out at a beautiful, rustic vineyard while sampling the oaky, full-bodied, fill-in-wine-adjective fruit juices of its labor.

Specifically, I visited Faulkner Winery. It might have been the calm vibe, the setting sun or the unseasonably warm December, but it was transcendent. A particular favorite was the Hot Lips mulled wine (yes, the irony of a mulled wine in Southern California is not lost on me but it was delicious). Add a piece of chocolate with the taste, and the evening is complete.


Alma is a journalist by trade, living and working in Chicago while staying true to her tree-hugging spirit, L.A. spirit. Favorite pastimes include watching great television, listening to fantastic podcasts and daydreaming about writing a novel. Favorite foods run the gamut from sweet to salty to savory to eggs Benedict. And chocolate. Especially chocolate.