Category: Wineries

The Cellar: A Boutique Wine Shop in Fort Collins

Nestled in the charming town of Fort Collins lies a boutique gourmet wine shop called The Cellar. I went to their popular wine tasting event they host every Saturday and, needless to say, I was not disappointed. This charming boutique wine cellar opened in August 2011, and is stocked with over 500 unique wines from all areas of the world…

High Altitude Vintners Bring Hand-Crafted Wines to Fraser

Many people are surprised to learn that Colorado is one of the top wine producing regions in the U.S., but a leisurely afternoon sampling local varietals at the Winter Park Winery will assure you that high altitude wines rank among the best that American vintners have to offer. According to the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, within the last five…

If Not Peaches, Pairs: Barrel into Spring in Palisade

In Palisade, Colorado’s premier fruit and wine country in the Grand Valley out west, high season is harvest season. The buzz begins in late June, starting with sweet cherries, followed by sour cherries in late July. Apricots are up next, and finally Palisade’s famous tree-ripened peaches appear on the scene in early August. Plums and pluots join in, then the pears in…

Holy Cross Abbey: Old Habits, New Wines

Alcohol and churches may not seem the most natural pair, but the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey in Cañon City continues the tradition of the Catholic Church’s long history with grape-growing and wine production. The drive from Denver isn’t exactly a short one, but the two hours my wife, Becca, and I spent in the car were well worth it….

Drink Up! Take a Denver-Area Wine Tour

Denver, one of the nation’s capitals for microbrew beers, also has a burgeoning wine industry. Although most of the state’s vineyards are on the Western Slope, more than a dozen wineries operate tasting rooms in the Denver area where visitors can sample award-winning vintages. And note this: You can buy wine from wineries on Sundays, when Colorado liquor stores are…

Colorado Wine Country: Location, Location, Location

Colorado’s Grand Valley lies at the topographical junction of heaven and earth. On one side tower the Colorado Rockies, whose lofty summits reach steeple-like into the empyreal sky. In the opposite direction stretches the Colorado Plateau, a weather-sculpted fantasia of soaring cliffs, striated buttes and sinuous canyons. At this scenic merger of landforms lies Grand Junction, a community where location…

Colorado Winery Row: Joining Together in North Denver

Although Colorado wines are produced miles from Denver on the Western Slope, Denver-area residents and visitors can taste more than 35 of the increasingly popular wines at Colorado Winery Row in north Denver. Calling itself “Denver’s Urban Wine Tasting Destination,” the new attraction showcases four artisan Colorado wineries known for their award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and other single-varietal…

Grape Delight: Colorado’s West Elks Wine Country

Hot summer nights and cool mountain air. The two are a perfect combination when it comes to growing grapes – especially when those grapes are grown in Delta County. Tucked away on the western slope 70 miles south of Glenwood Springs and 75 miles east of the vineyards of Palisade, this fertile valley is holding its own when it comes…

Cheers! Raise a Glass to Colorado Wineries

Two decades ago, most people never heard of Colorado wines. But in recent years, they have been holding their own in prestigious competitions, a sign that the industry is maturing. During Prohibition, the wine industry pretty much died in Colorado. In 1978, Colorado Mountain Vineyards (now Colorado Cellars) opened for business. Others followed, but slowly. By 1990, Colorado had nine…