Palisade Tribune Winefest
2011 Wine Festival brochure for Palisade, Fruita, Grand Junction area listing many of the top wineries.
The Palisade Tribune presents a guide to the 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. 2011 Winefest September 16 - 18, 2011 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. 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 winefest.com. 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 www.tourdevineyards.com or 303 635-2815. Palisade Tribune -- July 2 2009 -- 1 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. 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. 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 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 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 Sunday, September 18, Early Dinner "Feast in the Fields" at Z's Orchard - 970-260-9519 Tour of the Wineries 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. To purchase tickets online, go to the Colorado Mountain Winefest website www. coloradowinefest.com Call the office if you have any questions: 970 464-0111 or email info@coloradowinefest. com Sunday, September 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ticket Information 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 Participating Wineries Golf Noon � 2 p.m. Dine, Wine and Vine Experience Enjoy a relaxed lunch and unique experience at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade with State Enologist, Dr. Steve Menke. $65 PA L I S A D E , C O L O R A D O k 2011 Wine Festival Area Guide Wine Festival Schedule Friday, Sept. 16 Thursday, Sept. 15 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. SEMINAR: Vini, Vidi, Hybrid Taste and learn about hybrid grapes like Chambourcin, Marechal Foch, and Cayuga from world renowned instructor, Max Ariza in a fun seminar. $45 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Farm to Table Wine and Food Demo with Kevin and Evan SEPTEMBER 15 � 18, 2011 Chef Kidd will take the local flavors from Colorado's Western Slope and create a meal that highlights and complements the flavors of the distinctive local wines will be discussed by Wine Guru Evan Faber. $50 6 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner with Kevin and Evan Limited Seating $75 7:30 p.m. Enstrom Chocolate and Wine Tasting at the DoubleTree - Limited Seating. $55 * Culinary and Chocolate Delight Package - Package for all three Friday evening events - Farm to Table Demo, Dinner with Kevin and Evan and Enstrom Tastes. Limited availability. $175 7 a.m. 18th Annual Tour de Vineyards $40 10 a.m. � 5 p.m. Festival in the Park 10:30 a.m. � 1 p.m. Music: Matthew Moon 2 � 5 p.m. Music: Dotsero Saturday, Sept. 17 11 a.m. � 4 p.m. American Chef Federation Chef Demos and Ice Carving Demo $10 11:30 a.m. � 1 p.m. Tasting with Riedel Glass $95 2 � 4 p.m. Farm to Table with Kevin and Evan $30 9 a.m. � Noon Seminar: Introduction to Grape Growing $45 1 � 3 p.m. Amateur Winemaking Awards Ceremony and Reception, Free 22 Sunday, Sept. 18 28 47 Festival "Colorado Nectar" by Patricia Carroll in the Park Riverbend Park Palisade, Colorado Saturday, September 17 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Gubbini Winery & Horse Mountain Vineyards Summer, 2007 Explorer -- 23 Summer, 2007 WELCOME VISITORS! W I N E R Y Explorer -- 23 Wine Tasting & Retail Sales Award-winning Wines 2 Great Wines & Friendly Atmosphere! W I N E R Y Pear Blossom Farms Summer hours: Sunday 9-2 and 4:30-9; Tuesday 4:30-9 Wednesday-Sat. 1-10 p.m. WELCOME VISITORS! CLOSED MONDAYS Join in the celebration of food and wine! k Taste dozens of Colorado wines from local wineries and winemakers k Learn how Colorado's wine scene has matured k Enjoy chef demonstrations from the best on the Colorado culinary scene k Listen to live music while you're enjoying the festivals The Winefest events are the annual fundraisers for the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology. Linda Lee Gubbini (970) 270-7185 3697 F Rd Palisade, CO 81526 Wine Tasting & Retail Sales 3943 Hwy. 6 Wines Award-winning & 24 Great Wines & Friendly Atmosphere! Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 970-464-0550 17 3943 Hwy. 6Palisade, Colorado & 24 River Bridge www.debequecanyonwinery.com 1.5 miles east of RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR IN PALISADE www.coloradowinefest.com k www.facebook.com/cowinefest k www.twitter.com/cowinefest www.debequecanyonwinery.com 970-464-0550 AND SONS BARBARA BIKKI, 1.5 miles east of Palisade, Colorado River Bridge RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR 235 MAIN ST.. IN PALISADE RED ROSE CAFE RED ROSE .. CAFE 235 MAIN ST Summer hours: Sunday 9-2 and 4:30-9; Tuesday 4:30-9 Live Maine Wednesday-Sat. 1-10 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS Lobster Specials! Sunday Special Brunch Menu 9-2 Live Maine Full Bar Service Local Wines, Beer Lobster Specials! Sunday Special 970-464-7673 Brunch Menu 9-2 & Produce Colorado Country Fruit Wines Locally Grown picked Wine We honor the festival coin Open daily 10-5 � Just off I-70 785 Elberta Ave. � Palisade CO 81526 970-464-9288 � stkathryncellars.com Open Daily Enticing Gift Shop & Fresh Fudge Visit us at Farmers Markets Ranch of Liberty in open view Planted by loving hands to welcome you. BARBARA BIKKI, Walk through the silence of each growing tree And you'll hear a voice AND SONS `It's good to be Free.' Ranch a moment, your feet on Stop forof Liberty in open view the sod Planted of loving . a product of God. And eat by fruit . .hands to welcome you. Walk through the silence of each growing tree And you'll hear a voice APRICOTS CHERRIES � `It's good � PLUMS PEACHES � APPLES to be Free.' Stop forFRESH VEGETABLESsod a moment, your feet on the And eat By the pound,. bushel, or truckload of fruit . . a product of God. CHERRIES � APRICOTS 3848 G-1/4 Road � Palisade PEACHES � APPLES � PLUMS 970-464-7524 FRESH VEGETABLES By the pound, bushel, or truckload Local Wines, Beer G R A Y S T O N E 47 Aloha Fruits & Produce 48 Lavender Lady VINEYARDS 970-464-7673 & WINERY The winery T O N E G R A Y S features PORT. Specializing in Specializing In PORT With An award-winning dessert VINEYARDS wines. Award-Winning List Of Desert Wines & WINERY Full Bar Service From I-70 Exit 37 OPEN 7 DAYS A at first (Clifton), turn left WEEK Stoplight. Go .thru town MON.-SAT 10-6 and stoplights. Winery is SUN. 11-6 at east end of overpass. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK ��� TheMON.-SAT. features winery 10-6 PORT.SSpecializing in 7 Days A Week UN. 11-6 Open award-winning dessert 970-434-8610 Monday - Saturday 10-6 wines. Sunday 11-6 (970) 434-1636 970-434-8610 Exit 37 � 3352 F Road From I-70 3352 F Road From I-70 Exit Clifton, CO 81520 Clifton, CO 8152037 (Clifton), turn left at first Stoplight. Go thru town and stoplights. Winery is at east end of overpass. 970-434-8610 Choose from 14 Delicious Meads June-October (Fermented Honey Wines) Open daily 10-5 � Tours by appointment � 3701 G Road (Hwy 6) � Palisade CO 81526 � 970-464-7899 Fa li opeloduce Kok Pr rm & Just � Tree-ripe Peaches � Fruits and Vegetables � Organic Produce � Jams and Jellies � Colorado Gifts ... and much more 3848 The Palisade Chamber of Commerce G-1/4 Road � Palisade Welcomes You! 970-464-7524 3352 F Road Clifton, CO 81520 Palisade Peaches . . 6 xit 4 a of P E I-70 lorado e Co lisad Bus and RV Parking Easy Interstate Access Please enjoy our fruit, wine, produce, friendly residents and lovely Ripe! views. .The Time is the "fruits of our labors" and take an Agritour. Take time to enjoy We hope you love your visit to Palisade! � meaderyoftherockies.com 970-464-4991 www.kokopelliproduce.com east Only once each year, fresh Palisade Peaches in all their famous goodness are available for your enjoyment. Deliciously, that time has arrived. To place your order, to be shipped fresh anywhere in the continental United States, call or click today. Also available: � Brochures available in our office 319 Main St. or online at www.palisadecoc.com to download a brochure. Jams, jellies & syrups � Gift boxes (970) 464-7458 or email@example.com � � Dried fruit products Colorado gift ideas IN TASTE WE TRUST � WINNER OF THE WORLD RIESLING CUP Welcome to Palisade Tammy Craig, GRI, CRS Broker/Owner PO BOx (970) 464-5200 Cell (970) 216-0213 144 S. Kluge Avenue 1330 � Palisade, CO 81526 While we take the art of winemaking seriously, we like to have fun too. Stop by for special tastings during Winefest and live jazz on Sunday. Open daily 10 am-6 pm � Tastings end 5:45 pm On East Orchard Mesa - south of the Colorado River 461 35 Road, Palisade 81526 � 970.464.5554 PEACHES � PEARS � PLUMS APPLES � SWEET CHERRIES JAMS � JELLIES � SALSAS ...AND MORE Moments from I�70 Exit 44 on U.S. 6 (1�1/2 Miles east of Palisade) Enjoy a taste of western Colorado. 877-434-8769 Send Your� www.alidasfruits.com Family And 3402 C 1/2 Road Palisade, Colorado 500 Main Street Grand Junction, Colorado Friends Fresh Colorado Peaches � � From A l i d a ' s � Agritours: Monday - Friday � Farm Store: Just picked organic peaches & fruit Locally grown natural vegetables Organic lavender products Local arts & crafts Hawaiian sweets & Kona coffee Open 10 - 5 � June 1 - Dec. 17 or by appointment 3525 G Road � Palisade, CO 81526 www.alohaorganicfruit.com 970.464.2272 www.fruitandwine.net � firstname.lastname@example.org Parker Carlson carlsonvineyards.com 3402 C 1/2 RD Palisade CO, 81526 � 970-434-8769 Toll Free 877-434-8769 www.AlidasFruits.com � www.PalisadePride.com Courtesy of Palisade Tribune 2 -- July 2, 2009 -- Palisade Tribune Alida's Fruits Western Colorado's Premier Gift and Souvenir Shops, Alida's Fruits specializes in gifts, produce and products grown and/or made on the magnificent Western Slope of the beautiful Colorado Rockies. Enjoy a taste of Western Colorado! Find us at 3402 C 1/2 Road on East Orchard Mesa, Palisade Colorado or 500 Main Street, Grand Junction Colorado. Call 970 464-8769 or visit us at www.alidasfruits.com. Aloha Organic Fruits As long-time residents of Hawaii, Aloha Fruits brings the Spirit of Aloha to their farm and fruit. "Aloha" is sending and receiving a positive energy, Aloha is living in harmony with oneself and the land; living with respect. All of this is embodied in the 100 percent Certified Organic farmland, fruit trees and sweet juicy peaches. You are invited to take a free tour of our organic orchard, which illustrates how organic farming is different from conventional farming. See how they enrich the land, manage water, and control pests to produce such healthy fruit that is so perfectly ripe. The 11 varieties of peaches allow them to harvest and ship truly tree-ripened peaches continuously from July to October. The farm store is a Hawaiian experience. Along with healthy fruits, vegetables and organic juices they carry some of their favorite Hawaiian sweet things. Kona coffee, Hawaiian teas, macadamia nuts and Hawaiian juices to name a few. Did we mention the views? On G Road in Palisade one can sit on the store front porch and enjoy Mt. Garfield up close. From the orchard the eastern view of Grand Mesa is overwhelming. Come, enjoy... Aloha! www.alohaorganic fruit.com. Clark Family Orchards James A. Clark, one of the first fruit growers in the valley, purchased 20 acres of wild land where he plowed and planted peaches in the late 1800s. Every generation since has grown fruit in the Palisade area. Now, six generations and more than 100 years later, the Clark family is still actively farming fruit at the East end of the Palisade area. The Farm now consists of 100 acres of owned and leased ground, which raises cherries, apricots, peaches, pears and plums along with a vegetable garden. We sell our produce across the state and the mid west, including Oklahoma and Texas. We offer our fruit and veggies for direct pick up at our local fruit stand at 3929 Hwy 6, along with jams, jellies, salsas and more. We also offer tours of our orchards on our shady, horsedrawn, handicapped accessible trolley wagon. Helmers Produce Located at 384 34 1/2 Rd. 4341636, the Helmers have been selling fresh fruits, vegetables and canned goods at their roadside stand and at local Farmer's Markets since 1994. High Country Orchards High Country Orchards invites you to take a walking tour or ride ~ Fruit Stands ~ the tram through our orchards, vineyards and rose gardens. Visit our state-of-the-art packing facility and shop at our Country Store. Bring your camera to photograph panoramic views of the Colorado River and Grand Valley below. Remember the days on the family farm, the smells of the fresh ripening peaches and the sounds of summer. Experience 100-yearold traditions of growing Palisade peaches blended with today's technology. Walk down memory lane at our nostalgic Country Store and taste our fresh world famous Palisade peaches, sweet cherries, apricots, plums and fresh garden vegetables. Our hand crafted preserves, salsas and other delights can also be purchased at the store. We are located at 3548 E. 1/2 Road, Palisade, Colorado 81526. Appointment suggested for large group tours. 970 464-1150 www.highcountryorchards.com Kokopelli Kokopelli Farm and Produce is a fruit and vegetable market featuring local organic peaches. They also offer vine-ripened tomatoes, squash, beans, cherries, organic produce, honey, jams and jellies, dried fruit and more. Colorado gifts and souvenirs, and more. Kids are invited to play in the corn bin and ride the pedal tractors. Ask us about the "Million Dollar Breeze" during your tour of the organic peach orchards - in a historic setting above the Colorado River. Ride the orchard hoopie, explore the packing shed, and visit the farm market. They are located right off of I-70 Exit 46, just east of Palisade, Colorado. 464-4991 www.kokopelliproduce.com Z's Orchard Nestled in a lush valley at the foot of Mt. Garfield is Z's Orchards and Produce. This family owned orchard produces a wide variety of produce through out the 182-day growing season. Dazzling zinnia and sunflower fields embellish the orchards and gardens. Photographers and artists capture the country charm and traces of history. From the first crops of sweet cherries, apricots and raspberries in early June to succulent peaches mid-tolate summer to the delicious fall apples, Z's Orchards and Produce is dedicated to growing the highest quality fruit crops in the world. We hope you enjoy the "Fruits of our labor!" --The Z's Orchards and Produce Family 315 33-3/4 Road, Palisade, Colorado 970 434-6267. Visit us at area Farmer's Markets or our online market as well www. zsorchard.com. Canyon Wind Cellars Founded in 1996 by Norman and Ellen Christianson, Canyon Wind Cellars is a family-owned, estate winery named for the mountain breezes that keep the fruit on our vineyard cool under the hot Colorado sun. With the assistance of renowned Napa Winemaker, Robert Pepi, the second generation of Canyon Wind Cellars, Jay and Jennifer Christianson, along with Finley, the Winery Dog, produce awardwinning, signature wines utilizing low-intervention winemaking ~Wineries~ and sustainable practices. Cradled between the Book Cliffs and the towering Grand Mesa and nourished by the Colorado River at 4,710 feet above sea level, Canyon Wind Cellars has the premier location in the Grand Valley AVA for growing Bordeaux grape varietals. With nearly 35 acres of grapes planted, Canyon Wind Cellars has the ability to support their entire production, meaning they never source grapes from anywhere else, making them one of the few (or perhaps) only estate wineries in Colorado. Two vineyards closely separated in distance, yet vastly different in grapes produced make up the property. The tremendous versatility in these vineyards gives Canyon Wind Cellars the ability to create wine with depth and focus while never having to leave home. www.canyonwindcellars.com. Carlson Vineyards Carlson Vineyards is the "fun and friendly" winery in the Grand Valley. Parker and Mary Carlson started their wine making as a hobby that grew into a business when they couldn't hold all their winemaking equipment in their kitchen anymore. They planted their first grapes in 1988 at a spot on East Orchard Mesa and started their winery in a 1930s packing shed. They took the wine business very seriously with a commitment to using the best grapes and other fruit and making great wine. Never ones to take themselves too seriously, they sometimes give their wines amusing names and labels to make you smile. They smile as they win awards for their wines. As the fourth winery to be licensed by the state, they are recognized among the pioneers of Colorado's wine industry. On their website they say, "Our idea was to craft fine wines that people enjoyed drinking, that were affordable, friendly and unpretentious. We encouraged people to `trust your own taste.' Our belief was that wine is a great accompaniment to life, best with food and friends." If you can only visit and taste a few of the wines in the Palisade area, the trip to Carlson Vineyards is a must! www.carlsonvineyards. com. DeBeque Canyon Winery DeBeque Canyon was started in 1997, but the road to a winery traveled by Bennett Price and his wife, Davy, started in 1982 when they purchased a vineyard in the Palisade area. From the mid-80s through mid-90s he installed, or was instrumental in planning, many vineyards in Western Colorado. He attended viticulture classes at UC Davis in California, and cultivated enjoyable friendships with many winemakers in California as well as Oregon. In 1996 they started making wine and by 2000 were earning national awards. From white wine to red wine, DeBeque Canyon does it wonderfully. Located in the "town center" of Palisade, they are easy to find and "worth the trip"! www. debequecanyonwinery.com Grande River Thirty years ago, the idea of growing grapes and making wine in Western Colorado began with a clue from the area's past. Around the turn of the century, almost 50 farms produced nearly 1,800 gallons of wine - however, Colorado "went dry" in 1916, four years before National Prohibition after which the vineyards were destroyed. But Western Colorado's moderate winters and arid climate make for near-perfect grape-growing conditions and a group of visionaries decided to return the vineyards to the area. After making wine at home from Colorado grapes in 1986 with two Denver friends, Stephen Smith began planting grapes commercially in the Palisade area in 1987. He opened Grande River Vineyards winery in 1990 with one-third of his first crop. Grande River Vineyards has established one of the best-quality vineyards in the state - in fact, it has the largest grape crop in Colorado. They grow all of the grapes for their wine. Visit the tasting room, open 9-5 daily. www.grandriverwines.com Gubbini Winery It all started in 1990, with the purchase of a stone fruit orchard and homestead that was recultivated in 1999 into what is now Horse Mountain Vineyards. After extensive research of grape varietals and consulting with Washington State University, Syrah and Riesling were selected as the most compatible for the Palisade region and climate. They were also regaining popularity in the wine industry. Being full-blooded Italian, Linda Lee Gubbini had the passion to begin producing wines under her own unique label. On Valentine's Day this year, Gubbini Winery opened its doors. Gubbini Winery is able to offer a wide range of wines, from dry to fruit infused sweet wines. Among the most popular are the Italian Amorone and Barolo, Chardonnay, Pomegranate Passion and Golden Delicious. Future plans for Gubbini Winery includes producing it's own estate wines from Horse Mountain Vineyard grapes. The Meadery of the Rockies Mead is an ancient form of wine dating back 7,000 BC, but the Meadery of the Rockies has not only brought "honey wine" into the new millennium but has made it a work of art. They feature a series of "Camelot" themed meads that go from dry to sweet, and a mouth watering line of fruit and honey wines like peach, apricot, strawberries, cherry, raspberry and blackberry. The Meadry has added Raspberry Chocolate Satin, Chocolate Cherry and the new Honey Sher'e � rich with honey and like a sweet sherry, but not exactly. www. meaderyoftherockies.com. Talon Wines This Colorado wine producer is a conglomeration of four separate Colorado labels brought under one roof by Glenn Foster. It's a mega brand, by local standards. St. Kathryn Cellars and Talon Winery, both operated by Glenn and Natalie Foster, won medals this year at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in Sonoma, Calif. St. Kathryn Cellars won silver medals in the fruit wine category for its Apple Blossom, Strawberry Rhubarb and Cranberry Kiss wines. Talon Winery won bronze medals for its 2009 Wingspan Red and 2008 Wingspan White. "This is a great way to show the world we're able to make world-class wines here in the Grand Valley," said Glenn Foster, who also serves as winemaker. "I believe people want to buy local wines, but want to ensure they are buying quality. These awards make it clear that there are worldclass wines right here in our own backyard." Graystone Winery Named for the gray, majestic shale bluffs surrounding the Grand Valley and Colorado River, Graystone is also close to wild horse country. These bluffs and mesas are still home to a large band of wild horses. Truly the wild, wild West and awesome Wine Country. Visit our tasting room and enjoy our awardwinning Ruby and White Port while taking in the incredible scenery surrounding the Grand Valley. Located on Highway 6 East, on the Palisade side of the overpass to Clifton. If coming from I-70, take Exit 37 and turn left at the first intersection. The Tasting room and gift shop are just one mile down Highway 6 East, open daily, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Phone: 970-434-8610. www.graystonewine.com The Lavender Lady and Friends The Lavender Lady and Friends located on Main St. in downtown Palisade is more than lavender, although you will find everything you can find that can have lavender in it including lavender wine, cookies, margarita mix, lotion, sachets, candles, bath salts, soaps, scents and "art" and more are found in the store. You will also find lovely handcrafted jewelry, salt lamps, gift items, cards, spices, beautiful hand painted glassware, aprons, decorative items, handmade stuffed animals and Wild Women Wines. No trip to Palisade is complete without a visit to the Lavender Lady and Friends. Palisade is becoming known for its lavender as well as fruit and wine. Come back next July for the Lavender Festival! Fruit and Wine Real Estate Nobody knows Palisade area real estate better than Tammy Craig and her staff. Located in downtown Palisade, Craig is active in the Palisade business community and is one of our neighbors. If you are longing to be a part of Palisade, Tammy Craig is just the person to find you the right farm, home or business and to help you become one of the community. That's why their motto is, "The only thing better than a visit to Palisade is living here." www.fruitandwine.net. Courtesy of Palisade Tribune ~Boutique~ ~Palisade Real Estate~