Tuesday, September 18, 2007

What a Fun Weekend!

The weekend started early as we headed off to Grand Junction for the Wine Festival. It was our first time working this festival and we were pretty excited since it is the largest in the state and hosts 43 different wineries.
I brought the jawbreaker hoping to finish it along the way. Unfortunately as I knit up the sleeves it became apparent that I was not going to have enough yarn, but I will write more on that in my next post. We will focus on all the fun good times we had in this one.
Like the beautiful scenery to take in along the four hour drive. Colorado really has quite the vast diversity in geography through out our state. The western slope's landscape is completely different than the front range. I don't know if I could get used to looking at these mountains but they are beautiful none the less.
When we arrived we thought we were going to be participants at the Enstrom's chocolate and wine pairing but Canyon Wind was short some pourers so we volunteered to pour their Pinot Grigio which was quite good and were able to taste as well. I particularly liked Plum Creek's Somerset Lake Harvest Merlot, a nice dessert wine that was fabulous with dark chocolate. I ended up buying 3 bottles the next day at the festival and am looking forward to drinking it perhaps while watching a nice fall sunset.
Sat. morning we headed out to Palisade after a hearty breakfast at Denny's. Palisade is known as CO's little Napa and is where the majority of the state's grapes are grown and where Spero gets most of the grapes used in their wines.

Look how beautiful and calm the park looks before they let all the people in. It didn't last for long. The pre-sale tickets alone were over 3500. It was a very busy day, lasting from 10:30- 5:30pm, on our feet pouring non stop. But it is so much fun talking to wine enthusiasts and novices alike. I enjoy both sharing the wine with someone who loves wine and truly appreciates it just as much as with someone who is just learning about wine and discovering it. Wine festivals bring out people that are much like the CO geography, diverse but beautiful.

Well some were a little annoying. I had bought a cheese plate to nibble on while I worked. Just getting away from the booth to the get the cheese plate was a feat in itself. I mistakenly left it on the corner of our table and with in minutes a lady was helping herself to my cheese. Now before you go excusing her and think that she mistook my cheese for free food, this lady had a cheese plate of her own that she too had forked over $10 for. She was essentially refilling her plate with my cheese!!!! THE NERVE! I said, EXCUSE ME, that is my lunch. Actually I didn't say it quite that snotty, I was so flustered. I think I poured the next guy the wrong wine. lol. That lady is lucky I was working, no one messes with my cheese!

Some nice boys made up for the nasty cheese lady however when they invited me to go drink mead with them. And I do mean boys. They had to be 23 at the oldest . Oh they were so cute and trying so hard to get me to go with them. I explained that I had to help take down the booth and pack up. I don't think they had any idea that I have a son closer in age to them than I am. And I am sure they would have reconsidered their come on if they had heard my grunts and groans upon sitting down due to my aching knees. Dead sexy baby. lmao. All in all the wine festival was a blast.

And the ride home was even better with a little stop at the Coach outlet and the purchase of this little beauty. I am sure Betsy will appreciate it! It is the perfect match for the fall shoes I posted a bit ago!
And then to top off the weekend we rushed back and attended the Bronco game. This is only the 2nd game I have been to and I must say it was far better than the first. My throat is still scratchy today and by the end of the game I couldn't yell anymore I had lost my voice from screaming so much. I must admit I don't watch football faithfully, but get me there in person and I am a huge fan! I love live sports, the energy of the crowd is just addicting.
Gotta love Barrel Man!


Tempted Handpainted Yarns said...

You are a very very busy woman. Looks like a lot of fun though.
Take care Stacy

StarSpry said...

Sounds like a fun weekend!

Bummer about the lack of yarn to finish your Jawbreaker.

Betsy said...

You're right...I do love the coach purse. But the photo of you and barrel man, well, that takes the cake!

Cindy said...

Snidknits from Ravelry here. Sounds like a fun weekend! (love the Coach purse!!!!) But- wait, you skipped out on the mead?! I think I would have convinced them to help me and THEN gone and sampled... Thanks for sharing! :)