A few months ago, I was enjoying a glass of spectacular wine and watching the hot air balloons rise over the magnificent vineyards at South Coast Winery Resort and Spa in sunny Temecula, California while pondering how to write a blog post about the incredible experience.
Now that I’m back in snowy New Jersey, I thought it was time to turn back the clock and relive that visit.
Ahhh, sunny Cali. The place of my dreams. I was lucky enough to live there for several years and think of it as my “soulmate” state. As I’m sure you know, California has a huge water crisis though; first there’s no water, then there’s too much all at once. So, when I found out that South Coast Winery was rewarded for their sustainability initiatives last year, I was all over it! Our stay was nothing short of magical and we lacked for nothing even with the “green” practices. I would like people all over the world to realize that it really is possible to make environmentally conscious choices while providing a wonderful stay for it’s guests.
South Coast not only does a great job recycling traditionally recycled items, but they also recycle the cooking oil into biodiesel fuel and their usage of an extensive composting system manages to divert over 28 tons of green waste a year! And I imagine the fact that South Coast has achieved certification in California Sustainable Winegrowing by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance was not an easy feat on their vast 38 acre property!
Let me tell you, my heart was soaring during our stay there. Walking the grounds was truly amazing; bouganvillea everywhere, stunning roses, and of course, those amazing grape vines. How did they get the landscaping so lush with so little water? Drip irrigation, my friends! It works! Water only goes where you want it to and doesn’t spray all over the place, losing precious H2O by evaporating out into the atmosphere.
The whole experience was nothing short of magical.
Oh yeah…and the wine. I’ll let you in on a little secret. It was the first time my husband and I ever had a bottle of wine. I wanted to just dip my toes in the “wine world” so to speak, but South Coast ruined me with their Ruby Cuvee sparkling and I fell in the deep end never to return to a non-wine drinking life. We took the winery tour which will forever be written down in the books as one of my favorite vacation memories. SO, I encourage you to get out there and do some traveling. Try and spend your money at places that are making conscious efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.
We can all make a difference by doing our part at home, at work or on vacation.