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Wine Country

January 28, 2009

Flight of Champaign, originally uploaded by IrishFireside.

corey says…Okay, I’m hooked on these comfy beds and pillows. I guess that’s what Posh Day is all about, right?

BTW, Posh Day is a little term I picked up in Ireland…our friends over there often use the word to describe anything fancy.

Anyway, I forgot Embassy Suites offers a full hot breakfast (as well as the cocktail hour in the evening…I’m feeling quite spoiled); so after filling up at breakfast, Liam and I had a nice chat with Tom DeMott, the General Manager. He and his staff have been doing a great job taking care of us the last two days, and we wanted to make sure he knew we were having a great time. I could get used to this suite life.

Yesterday, we were charmed by Old Town Temecula and today Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country had the same effect. Visiting the wineries was a perfect activity for Posh Day…they were nearby, set in great locales, the wine was wonderful and it was something special we could do without having to get dressed up – that’s a winning combination in my Posh Day book.

When it came to the wines, we both had our favorites, but I discovered I had a fondness for champagnes. That happened after I realized that there are more options than Asti Spumanti.

With about 30 wineries in the area, we made no effort to visit them all. Instead we lingered at the ones we were at and made a day of it.

In one of the wineries, there was a woman in with her toddler. She was enjoying a flight of wine with her lunch and then ordered a glass of champagne. Must confess, the scene threw me a bit, and it made me wonder “should I be concerned that this woman was drinking this much before noon…with her young child…or was this just part of the wine culture we might be missing in the Midwest.”

Then I looked at our table of empty glasses and realized I was in no place to judge.

Just as we were heading back to our suite (I just love the sound of that), an email came through that required my attention… Liam and I are still working while on the roadtrip…we just try to keep it to early mornings and evenings. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of balancing the two, but today was one of those days where I had to drop everything.

A few hours later, I emerged from behind my computer, and we decided to inspect the nearby casino. Afterall, if either my parents or Liam’s mom were to come out this way, they would want a full report. Neither of us are big gamblers, but the casinos can be fun…if nothing else for their restaurants.

We signed up for the casino’s club card and spent an hour playing the $10 in Bonus Cash they gave us — I’ve never heard of anyone winning big on that “free” money, but sometimes it’s fun to just sit at a slot machine and dream for a bit.

We left with our wallets in place…we did spend $6 on some sweat treats, but that was it.

Then we stopped in at Killarney’s Pub and Grill…it’s the local Irish bar. We were both pretty beat from the day, so we had one drink and decided to call it a night.

All in all, a pretty good Posh Day…and we’re going to extend it a bit into tomorrow.

I do have two more videos to post, but I don’t have an internet connection with a fast upload (download is fine), so I have to wait to get those up on YouTube.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. netta permalink
    January 29, 2009 6:25 AM

    We are so proud of you showing such restraints on spending! mom

  2. Judy permalink
    January 29, 2009 8:59 AM

    I hope that $6 was spent on SWEET treats!

  3. January 29, 2009 9:21 AM

    Judy, Yes. Sweet! Not Sweat.

    Mom, it was nice spending their money…it would have been fun to win, but we know better than to expect that đŸ™‚

  4. Kim permalink
    January 29, 2009 8:14 PM

    Sounds like you did a great job in Temecula! Hope you enjoyed the Casino.

    I saw your email and sent you one back re: San Diego. so bring your computer and hopefully it will work for your video upload.

    Enjoy your evening!

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