“Here’s to the good life!” said the cheery, garrulous Patrick McIlvain, winery manager at Lorimar Vineyards and Winery in Southern California’s Temecula Valley, after treating visitors to a tour, wine tastings and some bumpy off-roading through vineyards bursting with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
Off-roading too rough for you? No problem. At Lorimar, where the bottle labels carry music-inspired monikers such as Allegro and Crescendo, you can also groove to blues and rock concerts, browse an art gallery and view movies projected onto inflatable outdoor screens.
Temecula Valley, a young, burgeoning wine region with more than 30 vineyards. The valley is about 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles and a million miles away from the wine snobbery satirized by the 2004 film “Sideways,” in which a cranky oenophile flinches at the mere mention of Merlot.Opened less than two years ago, Lorimar personifies the insouciant spirit of
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