Silvergate Fallbrook takes local seniors wine tasting in Temecula Valley Wine Country


Last updated 11/14/2019 at 7pm

Silvergate San Marcos and Fallbrook Wine Country attendees spend the day among the vines at Ponte Winery in Temecula learning about Southern California Friday, Nov. 1.

TEMECULA – Silvergate Fallbrook, a premier senior living retirement community, treated more than two dozen local seniors to a wine country excursion in the Temecula Valley Friday, Nov. 1, to explore the region's storied past and discover its rich wine-making traditions. The group embarked on a full day of wine-tasting, fun and lively conversation after hearing a local historian speak about the people and history of the region.

Silvergate seniors enjoyed an afternoon luncheon and wine-tasting event at Ponte Winery, one of the premier vintners in the region. Tasting room manager Ty Tyler led the group through a spirited discussion about the grape varietals grown in Temecula and the art and science of wine tasting. He told the group about how wine country in Temecula has grown from a small number of wineries at its inception to more than 50 wineries today.

"I've been to a lot of senior community events," Gigi Holloday, a current resident of Rainbow near Fallbrook, said. "But this is one of the best I've been to. Silvergate really goes all-out to make sure that we have a good time and enjoy the day. The food is always excellent at their outings, and the speakers today gave interesting talks about the historical events and landmarks of this part of California. I'm so glad I decided to join in today."

Guest speaker Steve Williamson, a longtime docent from the Temecula Valley Museum, shared facts and interesting stories about the California Missions, the stagecoaches that traveled through the area, the local Native American Indians, the gold-rush days and the Vail Cattle Ranch all affected the region.

"We're delighted to be able to host events and outings like this for prospective residents of Silvergate Fallbrook," Patty Martinez, executive director for the senior living community, said. "Silvergate really delivers on its promise to foster an active lifestyle in retirement. These local residents are already finding out that Silvergate offers so many opportunities to make connections and develop meaningful friendships. We are delighted to see future residents meeting one another and friendships blossoming as we all spend time together."

Silvergate organizers shared a look at its upcoming holiday event with attendees, including a winter excursion to the Hotel Del Coronado for a holiday luncheon in December.

Silvergate Fallbrook has been voted a "Favorite" by readers of the San Diego Union Tribune in their annual Readers Poll for more than 10 years running. This year, Silvergate Retirement Residence and Memory Care communities were honored in both the Retirement/Independent Living Community and the Assisted Living Community categories.

Those interested in seeing a new apartment home at Silvergate Fallbrook or for information about availability in the Memory Care Suites of the community, call marketing director Helen Gray at (760) 728-8880 to arrange a private luncheon and tour of the property. Silvergate Fallbrook is located at 420 Elbrook Drive in Fallbrook.

Submitted by Silvergate Fallbrook.

Anita Westerholdt, left, and Gigi Holladay are all smiles during a day trip to Ponte Winery in the Temecula hosted by Silvergate Fallbrook. Attendees were treated to lunch, wine tasting, raffle prizes and a talk by the Temecula Valley Museum about the history of the region, local lore and how vintners settled in the area.


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