“Our Friends”, Cougar Vineyards & Winery – Temecula
Yesterday we stopped at our favorite winery friends in Temecula, Rick and Jennifer Buffington at Cougar Vineyards & Winery.
I think I actually met Rick and Jennifer at their winery several years ago. I knew of them before that through Lum Eisenman and the San Diego Amateaur Winemakers Society. We’ve kept in touch on email over the years. They are super nice, down-to-earth people and so are their staff (and of course their two adorable dogs!).
Oh, wait, did I tell you I am the 2nd wine club member of their ever-growing wine club of over 1,000 members?! I keep joking with them that I hope the first member drops out so I can be ranked #1 and get VIP treatment! Even at #2, they did more than give Mike and I VIP treatment. They invited us to stay and hang around for the live music they had playing, which was very entertaining. Rick gave Mike a jar of his homeade green olives. Not only were we honored that they spent alot of time with us, they walked us around their establishment showing off all their new equipment, which I ooooooh and awhhhh at everytime I get the opportunity for them to show us their advancements each time we stop in. Rick gave us a bottle of their latest Sparkling Champagne which was very tasty as is all of the wines they produce. They were over generous with their wine tastings, I think I tried almost everything on the menu. The Nebbiolo was my favorite pick! Rick and Jennifer were kind enough to gift us with 15 cases of clear burgundy bottles for a small batch of blush wine we will be bottling shortly.
We had great talks and I love picking their brain and asking them wine questions, they’ve walked the walk and I admire them for everything they’ve done and what they have become. I’d say Cougar Winery is a true role model for Pamo Valley Winery. Needless to say, we ended up buying a mixed case of wine, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese Plus (super tuscan), and the Monte’s Blush.
Thanks Rick and Jenn for looking out and after us litte guys in the sticks! You are the best!
Cougar’s wine tasting Temecula room is open 7 days a week, 11 – 6pm with a tasting menu that is constantly changing. You can reach them at 951-491-0825 for the current offered tastings or visit their website www.cougarvineyards.com.
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