The Blonde Runs

Colorado lovin'

…to the western slope


It’s been quite some time since I’ve actually had the opportunity to sit for awhile and blog. That’s what a day off work can finally do for you. Give you back some time. It feels good. This is what I miss…

If you can’t tell, I’ve been stressed at work lately. More than normal. So, the boy planned a little weekend get-away to Colorado’s western slope; most famously known for its wineries and vineyards.

Last year, this exact weekend, we were in the same area of Colorado for the Rim Rock Marathon. We found some wineries that we loved, so we were anxious to get back to the area for a revisit and some new finds.

The typical 4+hour drive promised to be longer with a big storm hitting the mountains on Friday night. We left early on Saturday to avoid some ski traffic (of which there was none) and arrived in Palisade around lunch time. It made for a cold weekend but the white snow blanketing the red cliffs created a beautiful contrast.

We soon got to work on wine tasting. Here is a list of the wineries we loved and the wines we bought (note, we are partial to dry reds):

Whitewater Hill Vineyards: 08 Cabernet Sauvignon

Hermosa Vineyards: 06 Merlot, 08 Cabernet Sauvignon, 09 Cabernet Franc,

Garfield Estates: 08 Cabernet Franc, 09 Syrah

Maison la Belle Vie: 08 Merlot

Anyone else partial to the 08 and 09 grapes? Okay, maybe just us.

We came away with 9 new bottles. It was much worse last year.

Next up, the race I registered for last night…yikes! Am I even race ready?!


15 thoughts on “…to the western slope

  1. Reblogged this on travelwyse.

  2. Bottles? I know people that are happy if they get away from a wine trip with 9 cases! And dry reds are the best, though most other reds are the best too, and any number of whites can qualify as the best. And that race you signed up for, it’s in Calgary, right?

  3. wow- I’ve never seen those red hills before – America is awesome!

  4. Sounds like a great escape for the weekend! I’ll have to look for a couple of these bottles the next time I need to restock 🙂

  5. So pretty and I will definitely have to remember that for when Joe and I get out there…T minus 2 weeks!

  6. Mmmmm — cab franc blends …. Yummy!! How nice of the boy to sweep you away for the weekend! You deserve it!! xoxo

  7. glad you made it there && back safe && sound given the weather! also, YAY for some much needed relaxation for you! this reminds me: my stock of wine is looking SAD SAD SAD these days.

    oh also, unrelated: IT’S NUTCRACKER SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • You better restock for the holiday season. Or the fall/winter/spring season. We drink more wine when it’s cold out.

      I’m setting out the nutcrackers after Thanksgiving!! We should share photos! 😉

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