A Glass of Wine and a Hot Air Balloon....

And It's Up Up and Away in Temecula

High Flying
The 24th Annual Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2007 at Lake Skinner......Lake Skinner is a Riverside County Park and is located at the southern end of the Winchester Valley.....There is an admission fee to the Festival which includes the entertainment but not food or beverages.....For a family of 4 expect to pay about $500.00 for the festival and the Balloon rides.

Ballons and Grapes go well together
But the Hot Air Balloon ride is well worth the experience, if you are not afraid of heights.....they try to maintain a height of about 1500 feet as they sail along over the beautiful country side of the Temecula valley, Murrieta, and Wildamar....they have been known to fly as far as Perris or even Sun City, which causes quite a stir among the senior citizens of the area.....The flight I took several years ago lifted off about one hour before sunset and they set down just as the sun set, more or less timing there set down as the sun set.....During the festival they usually do morning flights.....Takes lots of sun screen, you might need it in the 100 degree heat of the day that is normal during this time of the year.

A glass of wine and a Ballon
The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival offers top-name entertainment, wine tasting in the Wine Gardens, Kids Faire, Arts & Crafts and Commercial exhibits and the Food Court.....Wine tasting features different premium wines from numerous Temecula Valley wineries as well as others from Southern California.

Sunrise in a ballon
On Sunday in the Wine Garden, you may purchase tickets for $15.00 and attend Viva Vino & Cocina's live cooking faire which will feature fine cuisine from four chef teams in hourly cooking demonstrations paired with wine tasting......You will be able to sample the food after the demonstrations and enjoy the wine. ....Chefs this year, include Dan Boling from the Lodge at Torrey Pines, Lance Roll from San Diego Culinary Institute and Ken Buckley and Sara Huston from Delyte's.....Tickets are limited to the first 100 and are in addition to the Sunday admission fee.

Over Temecula
I know Lance Roll, and his food is excellent....and his teaching credentials are impeccable, so you can be assured that the food as well as the wine will be fantastic.


Gary Hall, the ghostpainter.

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