Sometimes one needs to run away, to have a change of scenery, and to put the day to day chaos away and perhaps have a glass of wine! A change of place can create calm in thought and help bring on new ideas. We haven’t had a field trip to a winery in some time, so Doug and I with our friends, Rodney and Pat, headed up to Canyon City to explore one in our own back yard.
The Holy Cross Abbey is a beautiful gothic structure that used to house monks and a boarding school, but as it declined the grounds were left to a viticulturist and the abbey now rests while the winery does the work now.
We enjoyed the VIP tasting (surprisingly affordable) which included eleven pours to taste most of the wines produced there, from a luscious Petit Sirah to a sweet Apple wine made from local apples. As we walked outside to the place that the tasting would be held we immediately took in the quaint picnic table set for four with wine glasses. The vineyard directly behind buzzing with life. The perfect early autumn air and the smell of nearby mountains and flowers made the event seem as if it were written out of a magazine.
Our delightful hostess, Elise, was a charming addition to the tasting as we compared stories of herbalism, homesteading, and future dreams. Her aspirations include starting a community organization that brings like minded people together and turning her parents’ property into a lively homestead for them. We took to her sweet spirit and enthusiasm immediately.
It was a day of laughter, good weather, friends, and wine. We sat in the sun, enjoyed a meal together afterwards, and sang karaoke into the night. The perfect day.
If you are in the area the Holy Cross Winery is a lovely place to stop. http://abbeywinery.com