For my graduation present from Chapman (May 2017) Blake bought tickets for Wine Country Trails by Horseback – a horseback ride through a vineyard, followed by wine tasting. How romantic! It only took us a year to get around to actually scheduling our day, but better late than never!
I've gone horseback riding several times in my life and I think horses are so beautiful. I got to ride my favorite kind of horse (a mustang) and overall I had a blast...Blake, on the other hand, not so much 😂 He hasn't ridden a horse since he was 7 years old and we found out he's actually allergic to horses, so the poor fella was sneezing the entire time.
The horseback ride was 90 minutes long and it was really pretty! We went all around the vineyard and up and down rows of the vines to see the actual wine grapes. We were in a group of 5: Blake and me, another couple, and an experienced horse rider, Kelly, who was our tour guide. Kelly was so sweet and very helpful. She'd help us control our horses and also give us some fun facts about the vineyards and Temecula wine history.
When you arrive and check-in at Wine Country Trails by Horseback, you have a few different options for your post-ride wine tasting. We chose to have our tasting at the Maurice Car'rie Winery for a few reasons; it was right next to the horse stable, we were riding through their vineyard so we thought it would be cool to taste the grapes we just saw, and most importantly...Maurice Carrie is famous for their sweet and sparkling wines (my faves) AND their sourdough bread bowl full of melted brie cheese. YUM.
I'm not a huge wino, but I absolutely LOVED each and every wine I tasted at Maurice Car'rie, especially the pineapple sparkling wine and the sara bella. The sourdough and brie bread bowl definitely lived up to the hype. Maurice Car'rie was very quaint and casual, with a pretty wrap-around porch. It was the perfect place to relax after a dusty horseback ride.
Overall, I had a great time and would love to come back again! Our day at Wine Country Trails by Horseback and the Maurice Car'rie Winery was a perfectly casual and relaxing wine tasting experience! In my opinion, the coolest thing about Wine Country Trails by Horseback is that the owner rescues abandoned and abused horses and gives them a safe, happy home. You can learn all about Wine Country Trails by Horseback at their website!