“COLORADO WINE or BUST” (Part Two)
As mentioned in my last post…this past Saturday I attended the Castle Rock WineFest in Castle Rock, CO. The event was well organized and with over 20+ Colorado represented wineries…I was able to sample a good selection of what Colorado Wine country has to offer.
I can honestly say…..not one wine I tried was “bad” or “un-drinkable”. Colorado winemakers are not messing around with odd varietals or cheap drinking wines. Their wine is quality and most of the winemakers I met are focusing on varietals that grow well in the Palisades area outside of Grand Junction, CO ~ such as Pinot Grigio, Viognier and Riesling.
A few stand outs for me were Allis Ranch Winery, Creekside Cellars and Desert Moon Vineyards. Allis Ranch Winery is located in Sedalia, CO. Mainly producing Rhone Style wines; they are a boutique winery focusing on small-lot vinification to create focused, hand-crafted wines. They make some delicious Syrahs as well a a very nice Viognier.
Creekside Cellars winemaker, Michelle Cleveland, is producing top notch whites and rose. I had the pleasure of meeting her in person at the wine festival and could size up quickly how energetic and enthusiastic she is about her wine and how rightfully so! The Creekside Cellars Viognier, Rose and Gewertraminer are terrific! A real slice of France and Germany right there in Colorado. Located in Evergreen. CO, Creekside Cellars is a must visit on your next trip into CO wine country.
Desert Moon Vineyards is a pure delight. They grow most of their grapes in their own vineyard in Palisades, CO and farm using sustainable practices. Pure goodness is their philosophy and it shows in their wines. I had the pleasure of trying their 2009 Riesling and their very limited and special ice wine, “Shiver”. Both incredible. The Riesling was clearly a winner for me from the festival and I took home a bottle!
Clearly everyone I saw at the Castle Rock WineFest was having a really great time. Wine lovers of all types enjoyed tasting, eating and even “stomping” to great music and sunny, warm weather. It was a great event and I hope that I may be able to incorporate it into next years family vacation again.
Thank you to the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce for your assistance in obtaining information about the event and sponsoring this blog post ~ you have a “grape thing going” here in Castle Rock!
- Castle Rock Winefest (dvinewinetime.wordpress.com)