So when I’m golfing, it’s rare that I talk wine. And when I’m wine tasting, it’s rare that I talk about my slice. Call me focused I guess.

But the two came together in a flash last weekend at a beautiful winery in Temecula. Interestingly enough, I have visited Leoness Cellars many times before. I have a penchant for the Syrah, which quenches with sweet blackberry and hints of black pepper and vanilla.

This time though golf became the topic when a friend of mine offered our group a private wine tasting, compliments of his JC Players Card. Huh?

“I thought the JC Players Card was just for free and discounted golf?” I inquired.

“You need to read the fine print, dude,” he countered with a smile as he buried his nose deep in a glass of cherry-tasting Grenache.

He was right of course. I soon learned that in addition to the eight free rounds and special discounted rates you receive with the purchase of a JC Players Card, you also get $800 in benefits from places such as Harrah’s Resort, SportsClips, Hooters, and yes, Leoness.

Not a wine lover? If you prefer beer, the card also gets you a free tasting at the Lost Abbey/Port Brewing in San Marcos.

Want to try your luck at a casino? Your card gets you $50 in free play at Harrah’s in Valley Center.

Looking for a quick weekend getaway? You can stay at the Temecula Creek Inn for $99 per night for up to three consecutive nights.burger

Hungry? Your card will get you a free entrée plus 15 percent off food and merchandise at any Hooters restaurant in Southern California.

The list goes on. When you purchase a JC Players Card (weekday cards are $329, weekend cards are $349), you will receive a coupon book with all the details.

This isn’t the wine talking. Or the beer. Read the fine print and see for yourself.


Marc Figueroa is a freelance writer who has been covering golf in San Diego for more than 20 years.