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  • Writer's pictureChristine

Highlights from Temecula Valley

This month I got to experience the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival for the first time!

I created a travel video series highlighting my favorite experiences.

On our first day, my husband and I got up early to be at the Lake Skinner Recreation Area by 5:30am. Our goal was to go up in a hot air balloon, but unfortunately the heavy fog kept us tethered to the ground. Still, I got to meet some fun people including Chikako from Terrace House and Kim from a nonprofit that helps people with physical limitations to check off their bucket list item of soaring through the skies.

At the wine tasting portion of the festival, I met Akash, a fellow Asian American whose parents helped him open up his own winery. It was a true American dream story.

I also met Susan, who is living my dream retirement life. She and her husband own a beautiful winery called Casa Tiene Vista, and their cute dog represents one of their award-winning wines.

I hope my videos give you a good taste of what it's like to be at this festival. Thanks for watching, and please remember to subscribe on YouTube! :)


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