Wine & Dine : Rocky Mountain Cabernet & a Hottub

Rocky Mountain Cabernet : Wine & Dine : Design Wine Sunshine

I have a confession to make.
Even though I live in sunny, extraordinary, gorgeous Colorado, I have yet to embrace winter.
I have made this winter my happiest yet (much due to my awesome keep-me-warm beau & this killer winter-tough Cocoon Jacket from Nau – above), but I still wish it could be summer… forever. Whenever Blaise & friends want to get their snowboarding on, my thoughts always drift to this image of three friends gazing over the Rockies while perfectly warm in a bikini, soaking in a hottub. That’s another idea of my kind of paradise. To paint the picture … I’d be joyfully sipping this Rocky Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. { I recently received it as a gift and OH MY GOODNESS – phenomenal! } Such rich, bold flavors of blueberry and mocha; fruity yet sultry – I am so in love. Plus, this label is part of Wines for a Cause. For every bottle purchased, this amazing organization will donate $2 to the National Parks Foundation. How could it get better than that? Good karma in a bottle of full-bodied red with an appreciation of the outdoors? Sign me up. With this Cabernet, I’d whip up a vegan version of Fettuccine with Spicy Zucchini-Tomato Sauce, then toss on a festive two-piece and hop right in. Perhaps with a good book, perhaps some chill meditation, whatever calls to me. That’s what the Rockies are all about. They’re my zen masters – the wise mountains & my 10 year old Labrador, of course. Where do you find your zen?
Cheers! Court

Hottub image found here »
PS – Want an inspiring mountain cabin fix to go along with all this Rocky Mountain talk? Check out today’s feature from Domaine on Decorating Ideas for a Chic Ski Home »

In My Wine Rack : 001, New Year’s Variety

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Y’all! I’ve been wanting to post my current wine collection since the beginning of this little blog – & it’s finally here! This was a super quick shot & design, so I hope to get much better at these, but nonetheless, here’s my arsenal of cheap wine (all under $13) I’ll be enjoying for the rest of January :
1. I’ve loved the Stark Raving Red, so I figured, heck – let’s give the white blend a chance. Once thumbs’d up by one of my fave stockists at Hazel’s, I was confirmed to fancy this Stark Raving White »
2. Snowqualmie’s orange label caught my eye as a back up wine to O’lillo for our Auburn watch party. A pretty superficial reason to choose a bottle, but we had to represent AU with an orange & blue spread! Hopefully I haven’t judged by its cover & I’ll fall in love with this Columbia Valley Syrah? » 
3. When I asked for the most delightful red blend, my guide led me to this bottled masterpiece. Evidently, this region is the genius of red blends, & as you start with the general region, you can then decide if you’d like to take a taste visit to each interior village, bringing new subtle flavors. I’m soooo psyched to start my journey with this Kermit Lynch Côtes du Rhône »
4. This was brought to me as a hostess gift, & since I’m on a mission to drink more white wine, I feel it’s gonna have some good energies. Check out the Kendall Jackson Vinter’s Reserve Chardonnay »
5. I LOVE the story a stockist gave me about this bottle. “I brought this bottle home for Thanksgiving to a family that didn’t care for wine. A few glasses later, this bottle is single-handedly the reason my parents are now wine fiends.” Then he explained that the gold wire was an old tradition to prohibit piracy waaaaay back in the olden days, & I was totally intrigued. Not only did it have a sentimental story, it also has a pretty cool design element that reinforces its history. Yep, this Francis Cappola Diamond Claret came home on my bus »
6. Another stockist from this trip recommended this Cabernet/Syrah blend as one of his most loved reds under $12. That’s all I needed to know about this Charles & Charles Cab/Syrah blend »

If they ace the cheap & fabulous wine test, more notes on these bottles to come!
Cheers, Court