On the first Saturday in May–a textbook sunny, breezy SoCal day–the family headed down 79 South to Vail Lake RV Resort to enjoy the 6th Annual Temecula Wine and Music Festival.
I say textbook.
I mean, the kind of afternoon where sunlight glints off the tall, reaching old oaks. Where passers-by walk hand in hand, raise a glass in greeting, lips tipped in smiles of hello. Where smooth jazz drifts across the fountain-centered pond, and Temecula and other California wines flow, ruby on your tongue.
We brought our daughters out for the afternoon, their focus more on the water’s edge and the plethora of tadpoles and baby frogs for their hunting pleasure.
Their father and I linked hands, spread a blanket, and leaned into each other for the wide grass, the bliss of great music, good friends, excellent wine, and one of our favorite places on earth.
For the 3rd year running, Temecula Wine and Music festival was hosted by the Vail Lake RV Resort, an event benefiting All From The Heart–a charity focused on Military Families in need of assistance.
Upon arrival, we hopped on the hay-ride wagons, drawn to the venue on a wide grassy lawn, flanked by a crystal pool and fountain-centered pond.
Tents and vendors awaited, each displaying their wares. Local businesses abounded with information and smiles. Fair food ranged from Hawaiian barbecue, to shave ice, and fried, tasty treats.
We centered our blanket among the concert-goers, ample room for all to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and the best that California vineyards have to offer.
Smooth Jazz 94.5 presented an amazing lineup of music, including:
East Bay Soul, and the likes of Patrice Rushen, Paul Jackson Jr., Michael Lington, Paul Brown , Marc Antoine, Gregg Karukas Freddie Washington.
While the kids played, ate, and won prizes, we tasted from the wide array of Temecula vineyards in presence:
As well as some visitors from the north:
Each tasting booth hosted by friendly, insightful staff offering exceptional wines. The festival allowed the opportunity to purchase a bottle to chill under the oaks so that concert goers could take in the music scene–ranging from pop, to R&B, to soul, and smooth jazz.
Serene, and lovely?–yes.
Family friendly event?–absolutely.
When asked, my 4 years old daughter loved the hayride, tadpole hunting, and dancing.
My 6 year old daughter agreed on the frogs and tadpoles, and suggested we come back to camp, mini-golf, and swim in that pool for mother’s day.
So much for my hint about brunch at Wilson Creek!
As for Mama? I’m a forever fan of this event–that supports All From the Heart–raising funds military families in need. We’ll be back again next year.