Wine enthusiasts have an opportunity to try a new Palisade winery on the east end of the Grand Valley.

Vines 79 Wine Barn had a soft opening in mid-December and will celebrate its grand opening in April. But in the meantime, the tasting room is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at 3839 G Road.

Owners Dan and Juliann Adams have made wine on an amateur level for about a decade, winning some awards along the way for their efforts. They started their vineyard in 2013 and sold their grapes to local winery Red Fox Vineyards, which later helped the couple start their commercial business.

The wine barn was licensed in 2018 and was able to open in late 2019. At the moment, the winery has red wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz. In the spring, they plan to buy some white grapes to make some white wines.

“Both my husband and I had grandfathers who came from Europe — my grandfather from Portugal and Dan’s from Italy — and we grew up with wine barrels,” Juliann said. “We always had an interest and loved wines.”

The couple started making wine using kits and then moved on to real grapes. The business has been their dream for nearly 10 years.

“We had to find the right property, put in a vineyard and grow to the point where we could make wine,” Juliann said. “We’re very happy. This is a dream come true.”

The winery’s name comes from the parcel of land on the deed that shows section 79 in the Vineland of Palisade where the original grapes were grown in the area in the late 1800s.

For information, search for Vines 79 Wine Barn on Facebook or Instagram. The business’s website,, is under construction, but should be up soon.

n Crystal Clear Car Wash, 3204 E Road in Clifton, recently installed a new touch-free automatic car wash.

Co-owner Hannah Bou-Matar said the new wash replaces an older model and was installed at the beginning of December. The touch-free wash allows a driver to drive into a bay and receive a wash that does not include brushes.

Customers can also receive a free bumper scrub from an attendant between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

In addition to the touch-free wash, Crystal Clear Car Wash has four self-serve bays, including an oversized truck bay with a high clearance and scaffolding for larger vehicles.

The business has been around since 2001 and is open 24 hours a day. Staff is on hand between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. In addition to the owners, there are two employees on staff.


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