BookCliff Vineyards now has a brand new tasting room in Palisade.

The longtime Palisade grape grower makes and sells its wine out of Boulder, but owners Ulla Merz and John Garlich opened a new room Monday at the vineyard, 670 39 Road.

Merz and Garlich have farmed in Palisade since 1996 and celebrated the 20th anniversary of their Boulder winery earlier this year.

The new tasting room is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Merz said she and Garlich decided to open the tasting room because of the increased number of visitors to the Grand Valley and the growth in popularity of Colorado wines.

"We thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase our wines in the location we grow it," she said. "It's a gorgeous location."

The winery makes more than 20 varieties of wine, 13 of which are available in Palisade. Merz and Garlich are also starting to offer vineyard tours in Palisade.

There are three people working in the tasting room.

After its Monday grand opening celebration, the winery will offer a food truck/sunset experience event Sept. 20, just before the Colorado Mountain Winefest.

■ Coloramo Credit Union has closed its Horizon Drive location and is looking for a new branch somewhere near the Mesa Mall.

The branch, 759 Horizon Drive, closed at the end of July, according to President and CEO Michael Moyes. The credit union has three other locations in the Grand Valley, with the branch at 516 28 Road being the closest to Horizon Drive.

Moyes said the staff had asked members what they would like to see and a branch near the Mesa Mall was near the top of the list.

The Horizon Drive branch did not have drive-up service, which is something Moyes said the company would look for at its new location.

"We've expanded our membership and we're having a great year," Moyes said.

The credit union is also set to break ground soon on a new Fruita location at the former site of Munchie's Pizza and Deli, 319 Aspen Ave. Munchie's has since moved to 550 Kokopelli Drive.

When the new Fruita Coloramo branch opens, it's current Fruita branch, 138 S. Park Square, unit 103, will move to the new location.

■ Grand Junction's Atlasta Solar Center has been recognized by Solar Power World Magazine, ranking 270th out of 415 solar companies on the magazine's 2019 Top Solar Contractors list.

The list is developed to recognize the work completed by solar contractors around the country.

Ranks are based on kilowatt hours installed in the previous year.

"Solar Power World enjoys assembling the Top Solar Contractors list each year, and our 2019 edition features hundreds of companies making big impacts in local energy markets," Kelly Pickerel, editor in chief of Solar Power World, said in a press release. "Solar power is becoming competitive with traditional electricity sources in more markets, and cities and states are demanding more renewable energy options. It's a great time to be a solar installer, and we're happy to highlight the best installation companies in the country on our list."

Atlasta employs 24 workers and installed more than 1,300 kilowatt hours of solar power in 2019. The company was founded in 1979 and is the longest operating solar company on the Western Slope.

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