Tom Plant

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 to introduce you to the people that create fine wines and food. We also offer intimate winery tours. In January 2011, I launched stressing the importance of keeping it local, and published "A Recipe For Temecula Wine Country" which I co-wrote with Linda Kissam.

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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.

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

Restaurant at Leoness – Hard Work (and a little luck) Pay OffI 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. […]

Saint Simons Island Beckons Me Back

Saint Simons Island Beckons Me BackIt’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 […]

A Visit With BevMo!’s Wilfred Wong

A Visit With BevMo!’s Wilfred WongWhen 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!, […]

BBQ Class At Thornton Winery

BBQ Class At Thornton WineryIt’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 […]

CRUSH at the Monte de Oro winery in Temecula

CRUSH at the Monte de Oro winery in TemeculaFor 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.

Kirk Venge: Born to be a Winemaker

Kirk Venge: Born to be a WinemakerIt'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.

Visiting Greater Seattle

Visiting Greater SeattleOne 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.

Visiting Temecula

Visiting TemeculaI'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.

Published Articles

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery – Complex Simplicity

“For a 1924 Lady She’s Doing Very Well”

“For a 1924 Lady She’s Doing Very Well”

  Casa Marina Hotel Maître D’ Sterling Joyce takes tremendous pride in his job and love where he works. We met in the events center where he covers occasions of all […] ?>

Temecula’s Cougar Winery – No Pretense, Just Good Wine

An introduction to Temecula’s Cougar Winery and owners Rick & Jennifer Buffington. ?>

South of the Border Down Mexico Way

The Valle de Guadalupe, home to dozens of wineries just east of Ensenada ?>

Wine At Sea

A recap of the recent IFWTWA “Conference At Sea” through the Eastern Caribbean ?>

Dorland Mountain Arts Colony

The Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula has been host to many world class artists and authors. Here’s a peek inside. ?>

Kirk Venge – Born To Make Wine

A visit with Kirk Venge, owner/winemaker at Venge Vineyards in the Napa Valley. His dad Nils was the first American winemaker to receive a perfect 100 point score from Robert […] ?>

The City of Napa

There’s more to Napa than just the famed Napa Valley. Come with me as I discover the charming city of Napa. ?>

Roadrunner Ridge Winery – Off The Beaten Path

A visit with Jim & Judi Brady, owners of the the tiny Roadrunner Ridge Winery. ?>