Wine Country Colorado

This past weekend, to celebrate my wife's birthday, we headed West to wine country.  We didn't go to Napa Valley or Willamette Valley.  We went to the Grand Valley and the small town of Palisade Colorado.  They have a new motel in town, but we chose to stay in a small bed and breakfast called A Divine Thyme, where we were served pig candy, fresh fruit, and cinnamon french toast.

From this excellent base of operations we headed out to sample the various fermentations of fruit, grain, and honey.

The first stop, at 10:30 AM, was Carlson Vineyards.  It is a charming setting up on the Mesa and the Carlsons are excellent hosts.  We tried a variety of wines and were well on our way to restocking the wine cabinet.

Of course, we had to take advantage of the February special of cherry wine and chocolate.  The gewurztraminer is also excellent.

From there we were off to sample the fermentation of honey.  The Meadery of the Rockies has both traditional meads and things like Raspberry Chocolate Satin mead.  I am a big fan of mead, and although my attempts at brewing mead at home have so far produced mixed results, I am still determined to make a great tasting mead here at home.

From there we hit Plum Creek, one of the Colorado wine makers whose wares we frequently enjoy.  Their wines are readily found at many liquor stores in our area.  We picked up a few of our favorites, including the Riesling which was on sale.

Our last stop on the winery tour was St. Kathryn Cellars.  They make use of the abundance of area orchards and produce some excellent fruit wines.  We took advantage of the pear and the strawberry rhubarb (tastes just like grandma used to make).

From there, after a short nap, we headed off to the Palisade Brewing Company.  The IPA was good, as was the Dirty Blonde (a dark wheat beer), but the stout left a bit to be desired.

After we had our fill of beer it was off to Peach Street Distillers.  They pour with a heavy hand and after a $7 quadruple martini and a copper cabra (vodka, lime, and ginger beer) it was time to call it a night.  We couldn't leave without some souvenirs however.

Once I break into the Colorado Straight Bourbon, I'll write up a review, but I can tell you now that the gin and vodka they distill is excellent and drinking from a copper cup is somehow very satisfying.  If you ever find yourself with time to kill in the Grand Valley of Colorado, Palisade offers many alcoholic diversions in a gorgeous high desert setting.

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