At the end of every trip, I like to take in a final celebratory meal. This year, my wife and I ventured to the Red Rock country of southern Utah. Ten days of hiking and peak climbing, interspersed with dodging lightning strikes and torrential downpours, made for a hearty appetite by the end of the trail.
Our last night in Utah came in the quiet surroundings near the town of Torrey. Here the red rock and white sandstone of Capitol Reef National Park lie adjacent to the soaring 11,000-foot, pine- and fir-clad Aquarius Plateau. We had views of both from our cabin on the outskirts of town (if you want a place to call home in Torrey, Cowboy Homestead Cabins is it). There was a grill on the side of the cabin, and with a bull bellowing somewhere on the back 40 at this working ranch, what else could be on the menu but rib eye steak?
I had imported a bottle from the state of Nevada (I didn’t visit a state store in Utah because I rarely saw one). The choice for the final night: Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon California 2007. It was ready to drink, supple and savory, with well-defined red plum, olive and cedar flavors, all still very lively. I rated it 87 points, non-blind, and it cost just $15 a bottle. Steak and potatoes, Cabernet and a mesa view, a cool breeze coming down from the plateau—a thoroughly relaxing end to a summer adventure.
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