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2011 Winefest Palisade Tribune — July 2 2009 — 1 The Palisade Tribune presents a guide to the September 16 - 18, 2011 20th Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest is the most casual, “classy” event of the year The Colorado Mountain Winefest is not your ordinary summer festival by any means. It is a weekend designed for “Colorado-style” wine lovers. A “Colorado-style” wine lover is one who drinks the wine they love, not for show or to appear “cultured.”   For a wine drinker in Colorado, it is not hard to find a wine you love because we have great selection of extraordinary wines that are affordable. The Colorado Mountain Winefest is a special event where you can try many of those wonderful wines in a beautiful setting. It is definitely a win-win situation. Not only that, it is an opportunity to learn more about Colorado wines, wine pairings and the great selection of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats from the Western Slope. Learn from headliner chefs Kevin Kidd and Evan Faber of SALT, a real bistro-style neighborhood restaurant in Boulder. Executive Chef Kidd and Beverage Manager Faber have a mission, according to the Boulder Daily Camera to “strike a tender balance between eliciting the true flavors of organic food grown nearby and applying gourmet techniques that enhance those flavors and urge them into unlikely and surprising combinations that please the palate.” Attendees at the Friday and Saturday culinary events will learn how to make the best fresh and local pairings from these advocates of Colorado-grown food and wine. There is also the very popular Enstrom’s Chocolate and Wine Tasting event. Make your reservations early. Seminars on Friday, September 16 and Sunday, September 18 The seminars at the Winefest feature experts in their fields. In addition to the chef seminars on Friday and Saturday and the Riedel Glass seminar, these seminars are being offered. All seminars require separate admission and registration online or by phone. Dine, Wine and Vine Experience, Friday, noon to 2 p.m. A unique experience at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade with State Enologist, Dr. Steve Menke.  Lunch will be paired with Colorado’s best produce from the harvest and paired with superb Colorado wine. Then take a walk through the vineyards with Dr. Menke, while you learn and experience the romance of winemaking. Vini, Vidi, Hybrid, Friday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Taste and learn about hybrid grapes like Chambourcin, Marechal Foch, and Cayuga from world renowned instructor, Max Ariza, sommelier and instructor at Johnson Wales University. Compare these new hybrids to the more known grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. DoubleTree Hotel, Grand Junction. Saturday, September 17 Festival in the Park The Festival in the Park is a mixture of education and fun. There are art and crafts vendors, more than 50 Colorado wineries, food booths, chef demos and ice carving, music by Dosero and Matthew Moon, grape stomping and seminars on wine tasting with Riedel Glass and From Farm to Table with Kevin and Evan. Visitors can stroll through the booths and browse the carefully vetted arts and crafts vendors with everything from wine related items like glasses and corks, cookware, jewelry, art and clothing. You will find the best in food vendors to keep you well fueled. There are lovely old trees to sit under in the shade. A limited number of First Class VIP Passes will be sold entitling the holder to special parking, separate entry into the park, special tented seating area, ever changing buffet specially prepared throughout the day. It includes a six bottle wine tote and Riedel crystal wine glass, protected wine storage and concierge service. There is special admission for designated driver/non-drinker tickets. General admission tickets can be purchased with or without a picnic box lunch. For those staying in Grand Junction hotels special round trip shuttle tickets are available. For complete information on events, prices and tickets at the Colorado Mountain Winefest, visit their website www.colorado Additional Winefest events 18th Annual Tour de Vineyards, Saturday, September 17, 7 a.m. The Tour de Vineyards is a 25-mile bicycle tour through the wine country and orchards of the Palisade, area. $40 through September 16 - $50 day of event (September 17). To register or for more information about the Tour de Vineyards, contact the Event Marketing Group at or 303 635-2815. 2011 Winemaker Dinners Meet the winemakers and share a lively evening starring Colorado wines expertly chosen to enhance the flavors of each course.  Ticket prices vary and reservations are essential – seating is limited.  To reserve seats, choose your preferred location and telephone directly. Friday, September 16, 2011  -  Dinner  “Feast in the Fields” at: Rancho Duranzo CSA, 970-402-8364; Il Bistro Italiano, 400 Main Street; Grand Junction, 970-243-8622; The Chateau at Two Rivers Winery, 2087 Broadway, Grand Junction, 970-255-1471; Le Rouge, 317 Main Street, Grand Junction, 970-257-1777. Saturday, September 17,  Dinner Le Rouge, 317 Main Street, Grand Junction, 970-257-1777. Sunday, September 18,   Brunch The Chateau at Two Rivers Winery, 2087 Broadway, Grand Junction, 970-255-1471 Sunday, September 18,     Early Dinner “Feast in the Fields” at Z’s Orchard  -  970-260-9519 Tour of the Wineries Sunday, September 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. On the Sunday following the Festival in the Park, wineries extend a special invitation to spend the day touring the scenic vineyard country. Sample a wide variety of wines, some of which are only available in the tasting rooms. Take a winery tour, see the art of winemaking, and linger for entertainment and appetizers. Bottles and cases of wine are available for purchase (inquire about case discounts). No tickets are necessary. Ticket Information To purchase tickets online, go to the Colorado Mountain Winefest website www. Call the office if you have any questions: 970 464-0111 or email info@coloradowinefest. com  Participating Wineries Alfred Eames, Paonia Aspen Peak Cellars, Conifer Augustina’s Winery, Boulder Avanti Winery, Littleton Balistreri Vineyards, Denver Bijou Creek Vineyards, Ft. Morgan Black Bridge Winery, Paonia Black Forest Meadery, Colorado Springs Bonacquisti Wine Co., Denver BookCliff Vineyards, Boulder Boulder Creek Winery, Boulder Canyon Wind Cellars, Palisade Carlson Vineyards, Palisade Colorado Cellars Winery, Palisade Colterris, Palisade Cottonwood Cellars, Olathe Winery, Olathe DeBeque Canyon Winery, Palisade Desert Moon Vineyards, Englewood Desert Sun Vineyards, Grand Junction Dithyramb Winery, Centennial D’Vine Wine, Denver Meriweather, Denver Garfield Estates Winer, Palisade Garrett Estate Cellars, Olathe Grande River Vineyards, Palisade Graystone Winery, Clifton Gubbini Winery, Palisade Guy Drew Vineyards, Cortez Hermosa Vineyards, Palisade Jack Rabbit Hill, Hotchkiss Kahil Winery, Grand Junction Leroux Creek Vineyards, Hotchkiss Liliputian Winery, Hotchkiss Maison La Belle Vie, Palisade Meadery of the Rockies, Palisade Mesa Park Vineyards, Palisade Mountain View Winery, Olathe Plum Creek Cellars, Palisade Redstone Meadery, Boulder Reeder Mesa Vineyards, Rocky Spring Winery, Hartsel Settembre Cellars, Boulder Snowy Peaks Winery, Bellvue Spero Winery, Arvada St. Kathryn Cellars Winery, Palisade Stone Cottage Cellars, Paonia Stoney Mesa Winery, Cedaredge Summit Cellars, Palisade Talon Winery, Palisade Ten Bears Winery, LaPorte Turquoise Mesa Winery, Broomfield,Westminster Two Rivers Winery, Grand Junction Varaison Vineyards, Palisade Verso Cellars, Denver Vino Salida Wine Cellars, Salida Water 2 Wine, Greenwood Village Whitewater Hill Vineyards, Grand Junction Woody Creek Cellars, Woody Creek Community Store, Austin Zephyr Cellars, Loveland Courtesy of Palisade Tribune

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