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West Elks Wine Trail kicks off busy late-summer season for wine events

By Dave Buchanan

This weekend (Friday through Sunday) is the West Elks Wine Trail but it really should be called the Wine Trail Plus. So much is going on in Delta County you’ll need the entire weekend just to get through the festivities.

The West Elks Wine Trail, featuring the winemakers and wineries of the West Elks AVA, includes winery visits and vineyard and orchard tours along with special wine tastings, gallery tours and several dinners with winemakers.

Most of the dinners are sold out but as of Thursday there still were seats available for Friday’s dinner at Black Bridge Winery (reservations, 970-527-6838) and the Delicious Orchards (970-527-1110) brunch on Sunday.
Call now for information and reservations.

Plus, there is the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival Friday and Saturday and the Delta County Fair (Aug. 5-11) to attend this weekend.

Next week, Aug. 10-12, is the fourth annual Food-Farm-Film-Wine Festival, sponsored by Slow Food Western Slope and the Town of Paonia. The three-day weekend highlights the wineries and farms throughout the North Fork Valley. Fresh organic heirloom tomatoes from Ela Family Farms on Rodgers Mesa (shown at right) are typical of the fresh produce and delightful products awaiting you this weekend and throughout the coming harvest season.

Whew.

The West Elks Wine Trail always is entertaining, and you go home with recipe cards and a complimentary glass if you visit at least five of the 12 participating wineries – Alfred Eames Cellars, Azura Winery and Gallery, Black Bridge Winery, Delicious Orchards, Fire Mountain Vineyard, Leroux Creek Vineyards, Liliputian Winery, Mesa Winds Farm and Winery, S. Rhodes Vineyards, Stone Cottage Cellars, Terror Creek Winery and 5680. Maps to the wineries and other information are available at the West Elks AVA website above.

Other upcoming wine events include the sixth annual Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival sponsored by Wine Spectator magazine Aug. 9-11 at the Beaver Creek Ski Resort. Featured seminars this year include Maximilian Reidel of the famed glass-making family, the entertaining and knowledgeable sommelier Marnie Old, and premier mixologist Bryan Dayton, all-around great person and co-owner of the super-special Boulder restaurant Oak at Fourteenth.

Dayton wowed the tough-to-impress crowd at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen this past June with his GQ’s Bombay Sapphire competition-winning cocktails and he will share his mastery of the “chef-style” approach to cocktails in his seminars “What’s Hot in Spirits” and What Everybody’s Home Bar Needs to Have.” Any guesses on whether Bombay Sapphire will make both those lists?

Also featured at the Beaver Creek festival are the popular Walk and Wine on Friday (Aug. 10) and Walk-Around Grand Tasting on Saturday (Aug. 11). Lodging specials are available here and ticket information at 1-888-920-2787 or here.

And, we dare not forget this, the 21st annual Colorado Mountain Winefest, with 50 of the state’s wineries, happens Sept. 15 in Palisade’s Riverbend Park. New this year, the entry ticket ($43 per person) includes all the very popular chef demos and educational seminars. Enjoy tasting great wines and amazing food, meeting winemakers and enough education to consider yourself a wine expert.

What a deal. Tickets and other information here.
 

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