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. Wife Laura authors "WINEormous Women" and tells the tales of the women of the wine industry. We also offer intimate winery tours. In January 2011, I launched http://why-local-matters.com 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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Published Books


flora

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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

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

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

Restaurant at Leoness – Hard Work (and a little luck) Pay Off2013-05-31 22:39:47
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. [...]

Saint Simons Island Beckons Me Back

Saint Simons Island Beckons Me Back2012-10-03 14:23:47
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 [...]

A Visit With BevMo!’s Wilfred Wong

A Visit With BevMo!’s Wilfred Wong2012-10-01 14:19:05
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!, [...]

BBQ Class At Thornton Winery

BBQ Class At Thornton Winery2012-07-25 14:41:26
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 [...]

CRUSH at the Monte de Oro winery in Temecula

CRUSH at the Monte de Oro winery in Temecula2011-10-19 13:36:55
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.

Kirk Venge: Born to be a Winemaker

Kirk Venge: Born to be a Winemaker2011-10-11 08:29:38
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.

Visiting Greater Seattle

Visiting Greater Seattle2011-10-09 08:40:26
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.

Visiting Temecula

Visiting Temecula2010-06-24 05:36:56
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.

Published Articles


Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery – Complex Simplicity

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Published Article: http://www.winefoodexplorer.com/2014/01/palumbo-family-vineyards-winery-complex-simplicity/
“For a 1924 Lady She’s Doing Very Well”

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

by —   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 […]

Dorland Mountain Arts Colony

by — The Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula has been host to many world class artists and authors. Here’s a peek inside.
Published Article: http://wineormous.com/dorland-enchantment/

Kirk Venge – Born To Make Wine

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://wineormous.com/kirk-venge-born-to-make-wine/

The City of Napa

by — There’s more to Napa than just the famed Napa Valley. Come with me as I discover the charming city of Napa.
Published Article: http://wineormous.com/the-city-of-napa/

Roadrunner Ridge Winery – Off The Beaten Path

by — A visit with Jim & Judi Brady, owners of the the tiny Roadrunner Ridge Winery.
Published Article: http://wineormous.com/roadrunner-ridge-winery-a-bit-off-the-beaten-path/

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

by — An introduction to Temecula’s Cougar Winery and owners Rick & Jennifer Buffington.
Published Article: http://wineormous.com/cougar-winery-no-pretense-just-great-wine/

South of the Border Down Mexico Way

by — The Valle de Guadalupe, home to dozens of wineries just east of Ensenada
Published Article: http://wineormous.com/south-of-the-border-down-mexico-way/

Wine At Sea

by — A recap of the recent IFWTWA “Conference At Sea” through the Eastern Caribbean
Published Article: http://wineormous.com/wine-at-sea-a-week-aboard-holland-america%E2%80%99s-ms-eurodam/