pgsanth wrote:Thank you all for the pointers. I think we will do Temecula, and try and focus on Stuart, Palumbo, Leonesse and Weins.
"Temecula is about an hour away from Newport Beach, IIRC. Need to take the 55 north to the 91 east to the 15 south."
Mark, is the Ortega Hwy worth the drive?
I would not recommend Ortega. While pretty, it is one of the most dangerous highways in California (very narrow in spots), and if there is a wreck, they may close the highway until it is cleared (figure a one to two hour delay or having to turn around and go 91, 15 route anyway). If you want a drive with a view, you could take 5 south to the 76, and then go north on 15.
I second Leonesse, and would also recommend Alex's Red Barn.