Temecula Wine Tasting & Julian Excursion

Xerox Mountaineering & Backpacking Club

Friday evening, October 26 through Sunday, October 28.

Brief: Saturday - Wine tasting: 10 Wineries in the Temecula area

Sunday - Visit Julian Area

Required Agreement: Because of the recent changes in the California state law concerning the alcohol level; and the liability assumed by the leaders, Xerox, and the club if anything should happen, the following agreement needs to be met. I do not want to insult anyone but I couldn’t live with myself if anyone from this trip was involved in a fatal accident. Designated drivers will be driving on Saturday. You will be asked to give them your car keys before we leave the campsite. After the wine tasting we can go to Temecula for an early dinner and then drive back to the campsite, or we can have a cookout at the campsite. After dinner the car keys will be returned to the owners if the driver appears to be capable of driving safely. I do not want to offend anyone with this requirement but unfortunately this type of request is necessary.

What: So much fun was had on our last excursion to the Temecula Wine Country, that we have decided to do it again. Friday night will be reserved for arriving to the campsite, getting things organized and socializing for a while.

Saturday we will drive to the local wineries. We will visit French Valley, Hart, Callaway, Piconi, Mount Palomar, Britton Cellars, Maurice Carrie, Cilurzo, Filsinger, and Baily. Some wineries require a fee for tasting the wine. The most expensive is Culbertsons Champagne, which is not on the list of stops, but they wanted $5.00. The most expensive winery was $2.00. After the wine tasting we can take a walk through Old Temecula and have an early dinner or we can head back to the campsite. As we found during the last trip to this area, Old Temecula and the Rancho California area have many excellent restaurants to choose from.

Sunday we will pack up the campsite and drive to the charming little town of Julian. There is a small winery in the area, an old mine to visit, and being the apple-growing region in southern California, there is excellent apple pie and cider to be had by all. My personal favorite is the Dutch Apple pie.

Where: Temecula is located in Riverside County off Interstate 15 near Vail Lake and Julian is located in San Diego County off Routes 78/79.

When: Friday October 26. It is recommend that you drive to the Campground Friday night. There will be a campsite fee, the amount is dependent upon how many participants. It shouldn’t be any more than $7.50.

Who: The wine tasting is open to all members and guests who are of legal drinking age and who agree to surrender their car keys.

Warning: There are snakes and spiders in the area, around the campsite.

Bring:Wine Tasting: Money!!! for those wines you want to get.

Julian: Money!!!for those apple pies and wines you want to get.

Weather: The weather can be unpredictable. The daytime temperatures can range from mid 50’s to mid 80’s. The evening temperature drops quickly as the sun sets. The temperature can go as low as 28 to 30 degrees.

Car Pooling: Call Beth Epperson @ 8*843-775 // (619) 695-7775 or

Richard Cranston @ 8*824-1332// (714) 565-1332

Topo Map: Vail Lake 7.5-minute USGS quads, the new map does not show the trail. There is a map/brochure at the Forest Station with the trails marked.

Directions:From LA follow the 91 Freeway east to the 15 Freeway south. Follow the 15 to Temecula. From San Diego follow the 15 Freeway north to Temecula. From either direction exit at the Temecula - Indio exit, route 79. Follow 79 east for approximately 25 miles to Oak Grove. From 15 you will pass through Dripping Springs, Radec, and Aguanga. As you approach Oak Grove there will be a campground on your left. (Oak Grove Campground) When you enter the campground follow the signs towards Oak Loop (veer to the left). Look for the XMBC signs. Depending on the number of interested parties, we will probably reserve 3 sites, this will allow 8 vehicles for the entire group. Allow yourself at least 2.5-3.5 hours driving time from the El Segundo area and allow 1- 1.5 hours from Scripps Ranch.

Questions? & Reservations Call: Beth Epperson - work: (619)695-7775 or e-Mail: <BEppe:sd> or

Richard Cranston - work: (714)565-1332 or e-Mail:<RCRAN:STC WR>

If you are planning to carcamp please notify either one of us by OCTOBER 18TH