Santa's Wine Delivery

Colorado Wine Boy

Santa's Wine Delivery

Jacob Helleckson

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.

The front of our wine cellar mid-winter

The front of our wine cellar mid-winter

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 :)

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Home during the winter months