Winters in Western Colorado can be quite snowy at times. Usually, we get a solid blast of snow from early December to mid-January, and then a dry spell comes for the majority of February before the snow resumes in March. However, the first band of bad weather usually coincides with Christmas and the holiday wine-shipping season. Growing up, we didn't have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, even though our home and winery is on top of a mesa. It rests 500 feet above the valley floor with a steep, 3-mile winding road to reach it. This was fine for 95% of the year, but there was one storm brought our old front-wheel-drive minivan to its knees. Try as we might, we couldn't get that thing back up to our house.
With Christmas wine shipments streaming in and no way to deliver them to the UPS store, my dad decided to pull a Santa Claus-themed stunt. He loaded the wine onto a children's runner sled and we dragged it down the three-mile road off the mesa to our stranded car. All we needed was to tie a red nose on our dog, Beau, and we would have had a fully-fledged Christmas delivery cruising down the road. Lesson learned: Sometimes holiday-themed ingenuity and the limitations of minivan traction leaves you with a great memory and the makings of a great story :)
Home during the winter months