When we planned the trip one of our goals was to visit some wine producing areas and we knew that WA and OR both had some very good ones and were surprised that Colorado’s western slope also produced some quality wine.
We didn’t taste or buy as much as I expected but we did end up with 41 bottles when we got home and we probably drank another 10 on the road, so we bought around four cases.
The 41 bottles I’m sorting through are from nine different wineries with our biggest purchases being a case each from Carlson Vineyards near Grand Junction, CO and Paradisos Del Sol Winery near Yakima, WA. Our best purchase was sparkling wine from Argyle Winery in Dundee, OR – would have bought more had it been a little cheaper. The biggest surprise for me was that we bought a case of fruit wine from Carlson – peach and cherry (it didn’t taste like cough syrup as they often do). Bev bought it to use in three drink recipes we tasted at the vineyard and really enjoyed.
Carlson Cherry Lemonade
2 bottles Carlson Cherry Wine
12 oz can frozen lemonade
Mix in pitcher and serve. If you have time, make ice cubes with some of the wine blend for even more flavor (yes it will freeze).
Optional - add fruit, like orange slices or a handful of blueberries or raspberries.
Hot Peach Cobbler In A Mug – my favorite
1 bottle Carlson peach wine
4-6 T. pure maple syrup
¼ t. cinnamon
¼ t. vanilla
Add all ingredients to a pan and heat without boiling – serve warm.
The third one was to dip about ¼ of the rim of a glass ¼” deep in good dark chocolate, fill the glass with cherry wine and drink it over the chocolate.
All I can say is we needed more wine like we needed a you-know-what – I guess this will mean we’ll just have to drink more of this good stuff and less Almaden from a box. If you’d to sample from our replenished wine cellar (not really a cellar), just drop on by.
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.
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