Swanson Alexis Swanson Traina's playful Sip Shoppe (designed by Andy Spade) is a grown-up version of a candy shop, complete with red-and-white-striped walls and drawings of circus animals. Here, Cabernets and Merlots are poured in Dixie-cup-shaped glasses and served with warm pistachios. swansonvineyards.com
The cracks in the parched earth are clearly visible, but for a few short weeks - every few years - this remote section of desert is transformed into a magic carpet of purple. The wildflower Scorpion Weed takes over this corner of the Mojave Desert in southwestern Utah when the conditions are right.