Maurice Car’rie Winery: Ideal for a picnic in Temecula Wine Country

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Now that winter rains have begun to abate, Temecula Winery is slowly transforming into spring. With that, guests and residents alike are beginning to look forward to spring weather and wine tasting at some of the more popular wineries in the area. One of the greatest spots to welcome warm spring weather in Temecula Valley is Maurice Car’rie Winery.

The winery itself has a fantastic view nestled in the middle of Temecula’s wine country. The slowly spinning windmill and sprawling vineyards are an idyllic scene that folks can enjoy as they try the award-winning wines from Maurice Car’rie.

For those who want to experience all that Maurice Car’rie has to offer, they can plan a picnic on the winery’s lawn. The Van Roekels, the family behind the winery, love when families and friends gather on their lawn for a day of relaxing. Everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic basket, a blanket and even a soccer ball to kick around. For those who would rather sit and enjoy their meal on a picnic table, there are a few dotting the lawn and around the veranda. It’s no surprise to see old friends catching up as they sip a glass of their favorite wine.

Trying new wines, in addition to some of the Maurice Car’rie’s more popular wines, can be made easy by joining one of the winery’s four different wine memberships: red, white, mixed or sparkling. These types of wine memberships are tailored to guests’ preferences.

For instance, a mixed wine club member can enjoy a bottle of 2014 GPS, which is a blend of 50 percent Grenache and 50 percent Petite Sirah brings hints of spicy herbs, ripe raspberry and smoky plum with subtle vanilla notes. Delicious candied strawberries fill the palate followed by a lingering, jammy finish; a 2015 Riesling, a semi-sweet wine full of apple and apricot aromas that balances between crisp, fruity, acidity and modest sweetness; and a 2016 Pinot Noir Rose, which notes of strawberry short cake, Asian pear and springtime wildflowers. A red wine club member can enjoy a 2012 Syrah, with notes of rose petals, blackberry jam, cracked pepper and smoked maple bacon in the nose; a 2015 Pinot Noir, a full-bodied red with a nose of strawberry, spicy herbs and rose petals; and a 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, with classic raspberry, blackberry and cedar smoke on the nose. These flavors can be enjoyed by the bottle or at a tasting during a picnic on the lawn at Maurice Car’rie.

Guests are not bound to only drink the wines for their membership. At the Maurie Car’rie tasting room, members can enjoy complimentary wine tastings. On the weekends, members have exclusive access to a Wine Club Member Lounge. Members are also the first to taste and purchase our new wines before the general public, in addition to specially selected Maurice Car’rie and Van Roekel Estate award winning wines created by master winemaker Renato Sais.

Maurice Car’rie Winery is located at 34225 Rancho California Road in Temecula Valley Wine Country. For information about the winery, call (951) 676-1711 or go to

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