Category Archives: Life Experiences & Activities

Angeles Forest Hike and Underwood Pinot Gris

Angeles Forest Hike and Underwood Pinot Gris

Let’s talk about the Angeles Forest and some good ol’ Pinot Gris.

This past Sunday, the boy and I decided to take a trek out to the Angeles Forest for a morning hike to the Cooper Canyon Waterfalls, a 700 foot descent totaling in a 2 mile hike round trip. When we reached the waterfall, we sat down on a few boulders, unwrapped our turkey sandwiches and cracked open our cans of Underwood Pinot Gris. Drinking on the go was never easier…uh-oh.

Angeles Forest Hike and Underwood Pinot Gris

Delicious Oregon wine in a can is exactly what’s RIGHT with the food & beverage industry. Unpretentious, no frills wine for people who just want a good quality drink. Union Wine Company is the mastermind behind Underwood and came up with the packaging due to one of their outdoorsy employees. He found that lugging heaving bottles from different locations was a chore, and Union Winos brainstormed what a lighter wine container for their product could look like. Thus, their wine can was born: perfect for thru-hikers and weekend warriors alike.

What I love about Union Wine Company is their strict “pinkies down” rule. This doesn’t stray away from how quality their wine is. The Pinot Gris was perfect, especially after cooling it in the waterfall.

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Joshua Tree and Whiskey Hot Chocolate


Ain’t it a beauty? Joshua Tree. The desert Dr. Seuss illustration that never was, it is a stunning, funky looking place. I love coming to Joshua Tree on weekends because it’s so close to LA, but couldn’t be a more different environment. After days of traffic, smog, and chia seeds (or whatever people in LA are eating these days), an escape to Joshua Tree is the perfect getaway.

This past year I’ve been camping a lot more than I have in the past, and my boyfriend always brings around an odd, but satisfying fireside drink. Whiskey and hot chocolate! I thought it was a weird concoction at first, but now it’s synonymous with camping to me. I know, a detour from wine, but sometimes winos drink whiskey too!

Whiskey Hot Chocolate Joshua Tree

Pictured is my lovely friend Christine, “candidly” drinking our campside whiskey and hot chocolate.

Summer Porch Drinking and La Boutanche Sauvignon Blanc

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Wait, is it September? Is summer already over? Is my life flashing before my eyes? The older I get, the quicker seasons go by. I feel like I’ll blink and there will be Christmas tinsel and trinkets everywhere. Life in your late-twenties folks, you’re acutely aware of how fast life moves. SIGH.

In my denial of summer ending, I decided to crack open a refreshing bottle of La Boutanche Sauvignon Blanc on the porch. Let’s talk about why this wine is sure to lift you out of your “end of summer blues.” Firstly, take a look. A little closer. Yes, you are correct. The label has a drawing of a fish seemingly dressed as some sort of Echo Park hipster pouring wine all over its head, because that’s how fish drink french wine, duh. Secondly, this La Boutanche is that perfect thirst quenching bottle of crisp and citrusy white wine to fight Los Angeles summer heat. I mean, we’re in a drought folks, let’s hold off on the water.

La Boutanche Summer Porch

Imported by Selection Massale, La Boutanche hails from Loire Valley in France, which has to be one of my favorite regions for wine. Winemaker Frantz Saumon is responsible for this little gem, and has been making wine since the early 2000s, harvesting grapes from his own land in Montlouis. Super small production and carefully crafted wine for $15.

Enjoy folks, and cheers to the end of summer.