If you love wine, and Colorado wine in particular, there is no where else you should be but in Palisade this weekend!! The 21st annual Colorado Mountain Winefest is taking place on Saturday, September 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is your opportunity to sample wine from 50 Colorado wineries. In addition to all the tastings, there will be live music, seminars, demonstrations and 45 various food, art and retail vendors.
I will also be there selling and signing my book – Exploring Colorado Wineries.
Its not too late to get tickets and hotel reservations. Click here to purchase your tickets.
Below is a picture of me enjoying last year’s festival!!
See you there!
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So how does someone get into the wine business?? That would be a great question to ask Mesa Park Vineyards owners, Brooke and Brad Webb and Brooke’s parents, Patty and Chuck Price!!
During my visits to Colorado’s wineries, its been interesting to find out why people opened up a winery. Some owners have been farmers growing grapes and decided they could make great wine, others have been born into the business, some have decided this would be a fun “retirement” endeavor, others view this as a second business and everything in between. But according to the story of Mesa Park’s new owners, Brooke and Brad were spending a few days on a wine tour of the Grand Valley and stopped in at Mesa Park Vineyards. The former owners were selling and after a few discussions and negotiations they bought the place and moved from Denver to Palisade! The sale was a turnkey deal and the Webbs and Prices obtained the house, barn, vineyard, equipment and the winery.
During the past three years of ownership, the families have been making some delicious wines. One of my favorites I tasted was their Barn Owl blend, which is a gold medal winner. It is a blend of several vintages and includes Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cab. Their 3 Estate wines include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. They bottled their first Rosé last year.
In addition to being the assistant winemaker, Brooke is President of the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE). It is an association which exists to encourage and support enology and viticulture in Colorado. Their main fundraisers are the Urban Winefest (happened 6/9) and the Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade.
A stop at Mesa Park Vineyards Tasting Room is a wonderful experience, as owner, Patty, welcomes you with her friendly smile and inviting personality.
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