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West Elks Wine Trail flows Thursday thorugh Sunday

By Dave Buchanan

It’s August, which means every garden on the Western Slope is going crazy (even if your tomatoes are a little behind this year) and the winemakers of the West Elks Viticultural Area are looking for some company.

Thursday through Saturday is the third annual West Elks Wine Trail featuring nine wineries in the North Fork Valley from Hotchkiss to Paonia. Designed with an emphasis on the bounty of great foods available from a wide range of North Fork farms, gardens, orchards and ranches, the Wine Trail is a true “eat local” event, with each winery is featuring local food and special wine pairings.

For those of you a bit more industrious, each winemaker will offer two favorite selected recipes to complement their wines.

Wineries participating this year include are Alfred Eames Cellars, Azura Winery and Gallery, Black Bridge Winery, Delicious Orchards, Leroux Creek Winery, Liliputian Winery, S. Rhodes Vineyards, Stone Cottage Cellars and Terror Creek Winery.

To start your West Elks Wine Trail tour, stop by any of the nine West Elk Wineries to pick up your trail map for the weekend. The nine wine tasting rooms will offer a wide variety of activities from vineyard tours, art displays, tastings, optional dinners, food pairings, mountain views and more. A complimentary wine glass will be given to those who travel along the wine trail and collect recipes from at least five wineries.

The long weekend kicks off Thursday with a free concert in the Paonia Town Park, information here. Also, several of the winemakers will be hosting special dinners, contact the winemakers for information. Friday: Alfred Eames, 527-3269; Black Bridge, 527-6838. Saturday: Azura, 390-4251; Leroux Creek, 872-4746; Stone Cottage, 527-3444. Sunday: Delicious Orchards, 527-1110.


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