9/5/12

What, me w(h)ine? Only when absolutely necessary. (And when it's a Reisling....)

I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time alone these days. The girls are off to college, and my son is sharing his precious time between his father’s home, and mine.   I’ve forced myself to change my habits, to reach out of my comfort zone and find others that might bring me some peace.


It hasn’t been easy.


I reached out to my close friends, and over glasses of wine and many heartfelt discussions, I discovered ways to reach inside myself and find a happiness I never thought possible.

Some days I take my dog and go on a lovely hike up the mountain behind my house. The sounds of the stream and the wildlife that inhabit the mountain always bring me peace.  Often I go to the local arboretum on campus, and walk the flowered lines walkways that are congested with young students and other members of this small, friendly community. It’s a lovely, comfortable spot that never fails to surprise me with a new blossom or flower I’ve never seen.

But through all these adventures my heart still holds close my precious children.   While I know they might not be with my physically, I have learned that they are always, always with me emotionally.
It's perfect that I was recently asked to review and was provided with Chateau Ste. Michelle's Indian Wells Cabernet and Columbia Valley Riesling, both from the Columbia Valley wine region.

Each night, after speaking with my kids, I pour myself a glass of wine and head out to my front porch. I sit upon the white wicker rocking chair and gaze across the road to the cornfields that stretch for miles. I sip my sweet Chateau Ste. Michelle and watch the sun gently say goodnight. It’s an amazing feeling of contentment, and also a sense of excitement about what the new day might bring.


My Chateau? That’s easy. Me + Wine – My comfort zone = My Chateau



I have the memories of the kids antics, the dog barking at the door, the radio blasting, the phone ringing and me with a glass of wine on the front porch basking in the glory that is family, even when they’re NOT at home, and I'm all set.


Now it’s your turn! If you’d like to enter for your chance to win, please tell me in the comments below what gets you to your Chateau! For example: Me + a glass of wine + _______ – _______ = My Chateau.



You can also visit the Chateau Ste. Michelle Facebook app to share your Chateau.
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100 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

Me + Chores Done + Quiet House + A Good Book = My Chateau

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Brian Miller said...

make mine a reisling and we will call it even....smiles...

me + my notebook + people - angst = chatteau

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Michele said...

Mary Anne and I really need to get with this. If there are two women that like/need/want/demand our wine chateau it would be us. I'm speaking for Mary Anne here but I think that is safe.

Jessica To said...

Me + a glass of wine + chocolate - work = My Chateau!
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Anna said...

What a fun way to win a contest, I'll have to think for a minute. I guess it would be me plus a glass of wine plus chocolate plus my husband would equal my chateau.

cw said...

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MANDY83 said...

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Dawn said...

Hm, for me it would have to be

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Lucia said...

me + a cappuccino + a brownie + a snowy day = my chateau!

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Courtney B said...

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dawniawnie said...

+ a good book - interruptions. Bliss.

Stella said...

Me + Ocean Breeze + chick novel + vino - everything else in the world = My Chateau.

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sy said...

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JC said...

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katybug said...

Me+a Glass of wine + a beautiful fall evening on the deck - neighbors = My Chateau

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Thomas Murphy said...

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B. Wilson said...

me + husband + mountains + wine

Chelsey - The Paper Mama said...

Me + a glass of wine + sketching in my notepad – toddler meltdowns = My Chateau.

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jakiesmom said...

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Me + A glass of wine + a good book – noise = My Chateau.

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