OK....so I ended up having lunch at Ponte. I did like the food at the restarant. I had an iced tea with it And when I had a sip of the wine my mom ordered, I was so glad I ordered the iced tea.
I went tasting to Hart which had some interesting wines. They had a decent tempranillo, a Sangiovese that was alright and a very interesting Viognier that was very dry and had a lot of grapefruit and guava flavor. I also tasted at South Coast, which had a decent Syrah, Cab, Merlot and Meritage.
Wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
At Longs drugs there, I picked up a couple bottles of the Hart Viognier ($15), a bottle of their Sangiovese ($10), And a bottle of South coast Merlot ($15). For that price, they were worth it.
But, I cheated & picked up a bottle of Simi Cab to drink w/ dinner. Not from Temecula...Oh well.