It's a beautiful area (in a barren, grey-green, Southern California sort of way) that is home to many vineyards. Sort of like Napa/Sonoma, but not.
We visited two wineries and our favorite of the two was Leoness Cellars where we sat on the patio and enjoyed sangria, an "artisan" cheese platter and the views around the winery.
As a first time grape grower, I've been wondering if our grapes look "right." I was pleased to see the grapes at Leoness look pretty much like mine and I snapped this photo to prove it:
Here's a shot of mine:
Temperatures were in the low 90's and off in the distance over the mountains, our typical summer thunder clouds were forming. I love those big clouds -- they break the monotony of clear, blue skies.