New Year, New Beginnings

I’ve personally always been one to like “business as usual.”  I welcome change…but very cautiously, and only after long consideration.  And doesn’t it always seem to happen the same way? You’re in your groove, things are generally going well, you’re striding along and then, boom!  Big change.  Time to go back to square one, rearrange your schedule – sometimes even your life – to accommodate something new.  Generally, you learn and you grow and the change becomes the new norm and everything works out in the end.  But is it ever nerve-wracking.  For me, at least.  2015 is a very big year for my husband and I.  Big change is coming; the kind of change that is enough to be terrifying.  Enough for us to ask ourselves, “Are we being really stupid or really smart?”  We are taking a step off the deep end and into the unknown.  Some days I’m excited and some days I’m so scared that I’m in tears. The Mister is much more confident than I am, thank goodness, and has been my saving grace many, many times when I’ve spewed off my doubts and totally unanswerable questions.  He reminds me that many good things begin with a gamble and of the age-old saying, “The higher the risk, the higher the return.” Could we just keep going on as usual?  Of course.  But where’s the fun in that (so my husband tells me)?  Last night I stumbled upon of collection of images that couldn’t have come at a better time for me, and I hope for you, too:


Take Ponte, for example.  They opened as a quaint tasting room with a walk-up café, ala 2003.  If not for their signature green barn, it would be darn-near unrecognizable today.  Was there risk in the changes they made over the years?  Absolutely.  Was it worth it?  You better believe it.  When they decided to add a boutique hotel into the mix they never dreamed it would become Temecula’s #1 rated hotel within the first two years of opening.  But it did.  Big risk, high return.

And you?  How does your 2015 look so far?  If same-old, same-old comes to mind, consider a change of your own.  And it doesn’t have to be substantial.  Try a new wine – the online store is offering $5 ground shipping all month long.  I suggest 2011 Nebbiolo.  This darling of a red wine has taken a long hiatus from Ponte’s tasting list but is back in a big way.  A seriously bold wine with flavors of blackberries, rose petals and truffles.

Stop putting it off and join the Wine Club already!  Give it a try this year and experience two hand-selected bottles of Ponte wine eight times a year, discounts on wine (including Member-only wines), discounts at all three restaurants and the hotel, plus a slew of Member-only events and access to the exclusive Reserve Room.

Trade in your normal vacation – or staycation – for a getaway at Ponte Vineyard Inn.  Rated #1 by TripAdvisor, Ponte’s 60-room boutique hotel feels worlds away from the bustle of the city.  Check out some fantastic packages here.

Maybe you’re in the market for a big change after all?  How about a new career?  See our open positions here and get ready to join the best winery team in Temecula.

Bring it on, 2015, bring it on.

–Erica Martinez


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