Does Palisade, Colorado, seem far away? Located 230 scenic miles west of Denver on I-70, Palisade comes into view as the beautiful Grand Valley unfolds in the shadow of Mt. Garfield. Palisade is home to a number of Colorado’s more than 100 wineries, many of which have tasting rooms in Palisade. Next week offers a fantastic opportunity for wine-lovers to sample wines from Palisade and elsewhere in Colorado during Colorado Wine Week.
Next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 5-7, the East Meets West event pairs Front Range and Western Slope wineries and winemakers. Visit local wineries and sample wines from a Grand Valley winery at the same time. Winemakers from both wineries will be present to chat with tasters.
Tuesday, June 5: Creekside Cellars (Evergreen) is hosting Canyon Wind Cellars (Palisade) from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The cost is $10.00. Reservations are required. Call 303.674.5460 for reservations. Creekside Cellars is located in Evergreen at 28036 Colorado 74.
Tuesday, June 5: Desert Moon Vineyards (Englewood) is hosting DeBeque Canyon Vineyards (Palisade). The cost is $30.00, which includes wine, a slider buffet, and chocolate. Call 303.990.9463 for additional details. Desert Moon Vineyards is located in Englewood at 12656 East Jamison Place.
Wednesday, June 6: Spero Winery (Denver) is hosting Two Rivers Winery and DeBeque Canyon Vineyards from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $15.00, which includes antipasta and wine. Call 720.519.1506 for reservations. Spero Winery is located in Denver at 3316 West 64th Avenue, between Federal Boulevard and Julian Street.
Thursday, June 7: BookCliff Vineyards (Boulder) is hosting Whitewater Hill Vineyards from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The cost is $5.00 to taste three BookCliff and three Whitewater Hill wines, or $10.00 for a glass of wine and food from the Heirloom Food Truck. Wines will also be for sale by the glass. Visit BookCliff’s blog for more details. BookCliff Vineyards is located in Boulder at 1501 Lee Hill Road, #17.
This second annual Colorado Wine Week begins tomorrow, Sunday, June 3, 2012. The tradition began in 2011 when Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed the first week of June as Colorado Wine Week. Starting tomorrow, from June 3-9, more than three dozen restaurants and retailers in the Denver area will showcase Colorado wine and food events. Come taste the latest in offerings from some of the state’s more than 100 (yes, 100!) wineries.
The week culminates with the second annual Colorado Urban Winefest, a grand tasting of wines from 42 of Colorado’s wineries. The event will be held from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden, located off Speer Boulevard at the Denver Center of the Performing Arts. The $44.00 admission ticket offers unlimited wine tastings, live music, free wine seminars, and some of Denver’s tastiest food trucks. Tickets are available online or at the door.
Other Colorado Wine Week events include:
Monday, June 4 – Colorado Wine Cocktail Celebration at Colt & Gray from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6 – Colorado Wine Farmers’ Market Tweetup at Highland Tap & Burger from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 7 – Colorado Governor’s Cup tasting of award-winning Colorado wines from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.Friday, June 8 – Wine Down the Rail at restaurants along the Light Rail Lines from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 – Colorado Urban Winefest in the Sculpture Park at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $44.00 and are available online or at the door.