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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  • Amie


    Me + a glass of wine + a bottle of wine – a cork = My Chateau

  • Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen)


    Me + a glass of wine + time – a morning alarm clock = My Chateau

  • Anne (@notasupermom)


    Me + A glass of wine + my husband – my kids fighting = My Chateau

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  • Mami2jcn


    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/243692678917791745

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    Me + A glass of wine + my hubby – all the kids = My Chateau

  • courtney b


    tweet

    https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/243700114517024768

  • the Iowa Expat


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    I like their Pinot Gris. You should try it if you haven’t already! (I do like dryer wines, though.)

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    Me + bottle of wine + my girls friends + lots of laughs = in my kitchen.

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    family74014 at gmail dot com

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    tweeted: https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/244317290424840192

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    Tweeted

    https://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/244366995783548928

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    https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/244959641338003456

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    Me + My husband + 2 glasses of wine + a great sunset – technology = My Chateau

    *PS The Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling pictured is my wine of choice!

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    Me + A glass of wine + Game of Thrones – my kids asking why = My Chateau

  • TeresaD


    me + wine + overstuffed chair + good book= my chateau. It may be cliche, but it makes me so so happy. :)

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    tweet-https://twitter.com/CrazyItalian0/status/245167774014521344

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Thanks for the review and giveaway.
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    tweet: https://twitter.com/syytta/status/245191594087698432
    songyueyu at gmail

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    Me + glass of Malbec + my backyard deck in summertime – my blackberry = my chateau.

  • Julia from Dozen Flours


    Saturday evening + sincere food + close friends – Dubstep = My Chateau

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  • Jessie C.


    https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/245378354243584000

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    https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/245676590179155969

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    https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/245958629423984640
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    https://twitter.com/aes529/status/246001972115816449

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    https://twitter.com/ajoy1332/status/246986039246327808
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    Me + A glass of wine + in my favorite chair and a good book on my kindle – a noisy house = My Chateau

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    i tweeted here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/247129887264104448

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    me +a cup of coffee + the computer – my to do list = my chateau
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  • Sunshyn V


    I tweeted about this
    https://twitter.com/The_Sunshyn/status/247541170832556032

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    and good food

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    https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/247711392357027841

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    Me + a glass of wine + a good book – my phone ringing = My Chateau

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    tweet tweet

    https://twitter.com/pookiecat123/status/247833098815946752

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    Me + steak + good movie + mystery/romance = my chateau
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    tweet
    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/247932882952261632
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    tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/248086853511704576 .

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    Yo quiero vino! Ahora? That means I’m thirsty and need to win fast. I think.

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    Me + A glass of wine + My husband – my MIL (lol) = My Chateau
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    tweet https://twitter.com/thismomwins/status/249182697191247873 thismomwins@gmail.com

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    https://twitter.com/karinaroselee/status/249265701565648896

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    Me + A Glass of Wine + a box of chocolates+ my favorite movies on t.v.- fighting children = My Chateau

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    tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/249337120941031424

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    Me + TV + My Bed – Noise = My Chateau

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    Tweeted the giveaway:

    https://twitter.com/calidreamin87/status/249338472438059009

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    Me + A glass of wine + My Patio – Work/Family drama = My Chateau

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    http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/2012/09/bloggers-share-what-gets-them-to-their.html

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    Me + A glass of wine + my back porch – no bugs = My Chateau!

    chambanachik@gmail.com

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    Me + A glass of wine + calm music – stress = My Chateau
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    Me + A glass of wine + hot tub at a fancy resort – cleaning the bathroom = My Chateau

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    tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/250392144068632576

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    https://twitter.com/jen_r_horn/status/251353160856260609

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    Tweeted- https://twitter.com/monikeeta/status/251875354275364865

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    Me + A glass of wine + a purring kitty in my lap – my neighbors mowing = My Chateau

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    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/252082405492543488

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    tweet https://twitter.com/prizepuzzle/status/252203463101005826

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    tweet https://twitter.com/hburmeister/status/252258916094836736

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    Me + a glass of wine + hubby + dog – phone calls + home movie = My Chateau.

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    Tweet

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    https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/252509471392268288

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    Me + A glass of wine + my wonderful husband making dinner – lots of things on my to-do list = My Chateau

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    tweeted https://twitter.com/mermont84/status/252536959493349376

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    blogged:
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