Hello and welcome to the Temecula Forum - there are several places for picnics, but the rain will probably be an issue. The City parks located along side roads have covered eating areas. The current bout of rain is fairly warm so far and they are not predicting the cold rain to come in until Sunday. There are several parks along the Rancho California entrance into Wine Country - the two majors being the Ronald Regan Sports park and Temecu Hills Park - these two are larger parks and have covered places to eat. The rain is supposed to be heavy on Friday, but tapering off on Saturday and Sunday.
Also, it seems as though our area doesn't get the rain as much as other areas - the rain comes in pockets. Seems to always miss my house (where I need it - I live near Thorton) and hit surrounding neighborhoods.
Go here for a map of the area's parks:
Many of the wineries offer coupons for tasting and many offer military discounts as well. Go to: www.Temeculawines.org for the websites of each of the wineries - each website for each winery gives details on coupons and how to redeem them.
Keep in mind its pretty dreary this time of the year - the vines are dormant, and look like mini-bare trees stuck in the dirt. Not much to look at.
If you decide to visit some of the smaller family owned wineries versus the big corporate ones - be mindful that the smaller ones usually require reservations - their websites will tell you. With the rain this weekend, things may be slow, but one never knows. The 'main' wineries along Rancho California road tend to be busier and have a more 'hustle' to them, while the smaller family ones are laid back and offer a more intimate tasting. Depends on what environment you are looking for.
There is an article on a local family owned winery - Doffo - today. Go here if you are interested: pe.com/business/business-headlines/20130124-…
Happy Birthday to your MIL!
Edited: 11:17 am, January 25, 2013