When you think of the Rocky Mountains, you may not think of wine. At least, I didn’t. However, on one of our past trips home from Moab, I finally stayed awake long enough to notice the gorgeous hills filled with vines of fruit and idyllic chateau-like homes on the Western Slope. When, soon after this awakening, a friend of mine mentioned a yearly girls’ trip she planned every summer to Colorado wine country, I eagerly signed up. While the numbers dwindled down to three, and the date of the trip was pushed back as our summers — and falls — all filled up, three of us embarked on a rather laid-back tour this past weekend.
As with most of my Colorado adventures, the views didn’t disappoint. Although, the Western Slope landscape, with its desert-like climate and rocky cliffs, is drastically different from the snowy peaks visible only a few miles to the east.
As the sun set over the book cliffs, we recounted the glorious tour and discussed our favorite wines, drifting into the haze of a day well spent. And, because this is still Colorado, we wrapped up the tastings at a local brewery, with a round of beer.
With over a dozen wineries in the area, and plenty more views and tastes to be had, I can’t wait to do it again.