When visiting Temecula’s wine country, guests traditionally plan to visit several wineries as a way to get a full experience of what the area has to offer. Because of how many wineries there are in the area, a long weekend might still not be enough to enjoy all of the wines that are grown, fermented and bottled in the area. However, there is one winery that should be included in every winery trip – it has everything from the sweet and decadent to award-winning wines – Maurice Car’rie Winery, located in the heart of Temecula Valley’s wine country.
The winery has a rustic farmhouse appeal with a wooden deck wrapping around the winery, rosebushes dotting the pathways, windmill lazily spinning and lush lawns for picnics greet all as they enter. Guests are highly encouraged to bring a picnic basket and lounge on the property, sample a few of the wines and purchase a bottle of wine or two to savor.
Under the watchful eye of winemaker Renato Sais, many of Maurice Car’rie’s wines have won recognition for their complex flavors. When in the tasting room, guests can see the latest awards given to the wines that have been carefully curated and can then sample them to see just why this winery has become a favorite of many. There are endless wine choices to be made; if a guest is new to wine tasting, the pourers at Maurice Car’rie are happy to help figure out what flavors a guest is most likely to enjoy.
If guests would like to sample the ever-expanding wines from Maurice Car’rie before they are offered in the wine room, joining the wine club may be in order. Wine club members are able to sample the latest flavors well before everyone else and Sais works with members to make sure that they fully enjoy the membership experience.
As an added layer of decadence, guests can also order the famous sourdough bread filled with Brie. The cheesy, garlicky bread is meant to be shared with up to five close friends and has its own fanbase. While guests can order their bread at the winery, some know to call ahead so that it’s warm and ready to eat upon arrival. The gooey treat can be enjoyed at the winery or can be taken home to be enjoyed. Regardless of where it’s eaten, the sourdough bread filled with Brie is a must -try dish at Maurice Car’rie.
Maurice Car’rie also offers guests a chance to do some shopping while wine tasting as well. From Fridays to Sundays, a craft fair is held in front of the lawn. Everything from small gifts to personal items like handmade soaps and lotions are available for purchase. The wares are all sold by small businesses, so guests can feel proud knowing that they are helping another Temecula local achieve their goals.
For those looking for fun, live music is offered at the winery every other Saturday of the month during the summer. Favorite local performers play to guests as they dance the night away on the dance floor. There’s always a diverse variety of music, but it’s all meant for having a great time.
Maurice Car’rie Winery is located at 34225 Rancho California Road in Temecula Valley wine country and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about the winery, call (951) 676-1711 or visit www.mauricecarriewinery.com.