A great way to learn about all of Colorado–produced wines, from to Front Range to the Western Slope, is to attend Palisade’s annual Colorado Mountain Winefest, held the third weekend of September in Riverbend Park. The event features wine and food pairing events, chef demos, grape stomps, winery tours, chocolate tastings, and – of course – wine tastings. This year’s 20th anniversary celebration runs Sept. 15-18; more info is available at coloradowinefest.com.
But you don’t have to wait until the end of summer to appreciate what Colorado’s wine country has to offer. All Colorado wineries offer a multitude of wine-oriented events, whether it’s an organized tour and tasting, a winemakers dinner, or art among the vines. Below is a small sampling of this summer’s offerings for the Western Colorado wine adventure enthusiast…
Jazz Among the Grapevines, Two Rivers Winery, June 21; July 19; Aug. 16; tworiverswinery.com
Jack Rabbit Hill Winery Farm Dinner, Hotchkiss, July 3, jackrabbithill.com
Palisade Red, White & Blues Festival, Varaison Vineyards, July 3-4, palisadechamber.chambermaster.com
Riesling & Chardonnay Release, Black Bridge Winery, Aug. 5, orchardvalleyfarms.com
West Elks Wine Trail, Black Bridge Winery, Aug. 5, orchardvalleyfarms.com
Stone Cottage Dinner, Paonia, Aug. 13, firstname.lastname@example.org
Farm, Food, Film & Wine Festival, Paonia, Aug. 20, freshandwyld.com
Vineyard Plein Air Workshop, Garfield Estates Winery, Aug. 26-28, garfieldestates.com
Mesa Verde Country Wine & Art Festival, Cortez, Aug. 27, mesaverdecountry.com
Mountain Harvest Festival, Paonia, Sept. 24, mountainharvestfestival.com
Colorado Mountain Wine Fest, Palisade, Sept. 15-18, coloradowinefest.com
For more information on Colorado wine and related events, go to coloradowine.com.