As you may recall, my husband and I make our own wine. Well, he mostly makes it and I mostly drink it. I can’t act like I do much of the work.
The problem with wine making is that it takes time. You want a glass of sweet blackberry in June? Tough. You’re going to have to wait until fall.
This means in order to fill in the gaps, we also buy a lot of wine. We both like sweet whites, and I throw in a red now and then to keep things interesting. Once or twice a year, we attend wine tastings to expand our palates and find new wines we might not have tried otherwise.
Our palates like to stay informed. Just sayin’.
This is why I jumped at the chance to sample Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet and Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling, both from the Columbia Valley wine region. BlogHer gave me money to buy two bottles. I bought four. My palate? It approves.
I bought four bottles, because I was trying to figure out what I would define as my “chateau” which was part of the assignment. It was for research!
Believe it or not, it took me awhile to decide. Sure, a beach in Hawaii would be ideal, but it’s not realistic. If I’m going to have a chateau, I want to be able to get to it once in a while. Nothing makes wine taste better than sipping it in a relaxing place.
If I had a nice bathtub, that would be a good sanctuary, but our tub is little and when I put my head back I see the paint peeling off the ceiling. My bed and a really good book are nice too, though there are always clothes lying around and dust on my nightstand.
That’s why there is nothing I enjoy more than sitting on my patio with friends and enjoying a glass of wine. It’s outside; dirt is to be expected, toys are meant to be strewn, kids are free to roughhouse and yell at each other. I don’t even mind if the dog poops!
Me + A Glass Of Wine + Friends and Family + My Patio – My To Do List = My Chateau Where is yours?
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