Hello to all of you potential wine tasters :)
The County of Riverside (in its infinite wisdom) has decided to install roundabouts at the major intersections along Rancho California Road.
The first roundabout is under construction at the corner of Anza and Rancho California Road. This has created a nightmare of traffic during the week for us locals and insane traffic on the weekends. We don't even leave the house on weekends for fear of getting stuck in the traffic.
This first roundabout (not coincidently) is located at the entrance of South Coast Winery with Ponte and Weins within walking distance. Construction is supposed to be completed by May 10 (ROFLMAO for that date!).
As a suggestion - use the De Portola Trail and visit as many of the wineries along the De Portola route as you can during construction and enter into the other wineries above South Coast along Rancho California Road by using the DePortola to Glen Oaks Road route. You'll save yourself a lot of time and aggravation with the traffic. The heat is on out here and tempers are flaring already!
Caution to those of you who have low riding vehicles, avoid the construction zone at all costs, the undercarriage of your car will get stuck in the huge depressions at the intersection of Anza Road and Rancho California Road.
Do be careful using GPS devices to navigate around the construction by using neighborhood side roads. Many of the side roads are dirt and have filled with sand during the winter months. These roads are not maintained by the County and you have significant potential to get stuck in a sand trap, especially along Calle Contento.
Good luck to all!