Tom Plant

member for over 8 years

Member Since:
Aug 2009

In the spring of 2009, I bade farewell to my life in real estate to pursue my passions of photography and wine. Having written a real estate themed blog for more than two years, I changed focus and launched WINEormous. WINEormous' main theme is wine, but its scope is limitless. I write about travel, wines of the world and how they are paired with regional cuisine and introduce you to the people that create fine wines and food. We also offer intimate winery tours. In 2011, I l published "A Recipe For Temecula Wine Country" which I co-wrote with IFWTWA President Linda Kissam. I'm a solid supporter of locally owned, independent businesses. 

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Published Books


flora is a coffee table book featuring close-up flower photgraphy from around the world.

A Recipe For Temecula Wine Country

A cookbook featuring recipes from 22 of the Temecula Valley’s wineries with color photos of each dish. Co- authored by Linda Kissam.

Published Articles (13)

Missouri Wine Country’s Magic Spell

Day one of a visit to Missouri’s wine country. Home to some of the nation’s oldest wineries, it offers its visitors exceptional culinary and wine delights as showcased by Missouri […]

Embracing Roswell’s Unforgettable Past

Visit Roswell, GA opened our eyes to this place that embraces its Civil War past. From iconic plantations to sublime cuisine, Roswell needs to be on the traveler’s radar

Yuma Arizona – Good Eats, Natural Beauty and Much More

Visit Yuma hosted a small group of writers who experienced firsthand what this proud city offers its visitors. From date palms to culture and the arts, Yuma offers so much.

Taste Santa Maria Valley

A recap of the first day of a two-day visit to the Santa Maria Valley features a stop at Riverbench Winery and a spectacular dinner at the Far Western Tavern.

Wilson Creek Winery – Truly Family Run

I sat with Mick Wilson, COO of Temecula’s Wilson Creek Winery, to learn about this unique family-run business.

Three Days In Carmel

A return visit to Carmel with visits to the iconic Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Holman Ranch and Vendange Inn and Suites.

Vivace – San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego holds its Restaurant Week twice a year. We recently enjoyed at preview dinner at Vivace at Carlsbad’s Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Carmel – Village In A Forest By The Sea

A visit to the quaint village of Carmel, California with a stay at the charming Hofsas House.

Fazeli Cellars Joins Temecula’s De Portola Wine Trail

Temecula Valley’s booming wine country has a brand new addition. Fazeli Cellars opened in December, 2015 on the De Portola Trail.

Home Again on St. Simons Island

A visit to Georgia’s captivating St. Simons island.

Lodi Delights

Lodi is one of California’s largest wine regions, and also one of its best kept secrets.

Skin Contact in Georgia

A visit to the republic of Georgia and an introduction to its incredible people, cuisine, wine and music.

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery – Complex Simplicity

A visit with Nick Palumbo, owner/winemaker at Temecula’s Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery.

Global Writes (8)

Restaurant at Leoness – Hard Work (and a little luck) Pay Off

I sat on the patio of the Restaurant at Leoness with winery owner Mike Rennie on a sun-kissed spring afternoon. We were talking about Executive Chef Daragh Matheson. “He brings a very European style that is unique to wine country,” Mike replied when I asked him what Daragh brought to the table. […]

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Saint Simons Island Beckons Me Back

It’s only been a few months since my visit, but I miss Saint Simons Island, Georgia, tremendously. The majestic King & Prince Beach & Golf Resort was my home for my all too brief visit, and I left feeling officially spoiled. We began our first full day on the island with an […]

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A Visit With BevMo!’s Wilfred Wong

When I was picking up my name tag at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland, I saw Wilfred Wong’s badge and thought it would be nice to meet him. Not only did I meet him, we had an opportunity for a good visit. As the Cellar Master and wine rater for BevMo!, […]

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BBQ Class At Thornton Winery

It’s amazing to think that just two months ago I fell and injured my left leg, requiring major surgery. I’m delighted to report I’m driving again and have loved rediscovering my backyard: the Temecula Valley’s magnificent wine country. This past Saturday I went to Thornton Winery  for Executive Chef Steve Pickell’s BBQ […]

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CRUSH at the Monte de Oro winery in Temecula

For decades, Temecula didn't exactly have the best reputation in the wine industry. “They only make sweet wines.” And, “It's too hot to grow good fruit.” The valley has taken its share of hits.

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Kirk Venge: Born to be a Winemaker

It's not often a pre-schooler knows the career path he or she wants to follow. If they do, you'll probably hear them say they want to be a firefighter or maybe a doctor. Kirk Venge wanted to be a winemaker. Not only that, he knew he wanted to be a winery owner since he was a “little guy.” He came by it honestly.

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Visiting Greater Seattle

One of the highlights was a June visit to the Seattle area. As is often the case, I was in the company of a group of fellow writers from the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association. In advance of a week-long cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage, we met in Seattle and checked into the beautiful Hotel 1000. Easy walking distance from Pike Place Market, the hotel was ideally located.

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Visiting Temecula

I've lived in the Temecula Valley for nearly eight years now. I wasn't aware of how much I hadn't seen until last week's visit by a group of writers from the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. I was introduced to this outstanding organization at a luncheon at Thornton Winery last year. I joined shortly after the luncheon and took my first trip with them this past January, a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. When I heard they were planning a Temecula tour, I decided to toss my hat in the ring and see if I could join the group.

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