Palisade Wine Festival
Food and Wine Pairings – TBA – local eateries in Palisade and Grand Junction
Friday, Sept. 14
8 a.m. — Colorado Mountain Winefest Golf Tournament at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa, backing up to the Colorado National Monument, one of the most beautiful and unique courses in Colorado. $150.
11:30 a.m. — Dine, Wine & Vine Experience wine lunch with Colorado state enologist Dr. Steve Menke at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade. $65
1 p.m. — ‘The Life of Wine’ with Sommelier Max Ariza, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Grand Junction; experience and savor Colorado wine throughout a decade and beyond. $45
4 p.m. — Demo & Dinner with Chef Glenn Smith; at the DoubleTree Hotel, join renowned Aspen Chef Glenn Smith as he leads a flavorful demonstration of local food and wine pairings. Evening includes a reception, tasting demo and multi-course dinner. Tickets are $120.
7:30 p.m. — Enstrom’s Chocolate and Wine Tasting at the DoubleTree Hotel, pairing two of the world’s greatest tastes, wine and chocolate, it doesn’t get any better than this! $55 for the session, or combine with Demo and Dinner for $170.
Saturday, Sept. 15
8 a.m. — 19th Annual Bicycle Tour de Vineyards; ride at your own pace along with newly inaugurated Fruit and Wine Byway and wind through scenic East Orchard Mesa and Palisade’s wine and orchard country.
10:30 a.m. — 21st Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest opens in Riverbend Park. Taste to your heart’s content at the multitude of wine and food vendor booths, watch and participate in demonstrations from cooking to stomping grapes. Live music and free seminars on wine related topics throughout the day.
Sunday, Sept. 16
9 a.m. — Introduction to Grape Growing; with Dr. Horst Caspari, Colorado state viticulturist explaining how grapes are grown along the Western Slope.
10 a.m. — Vineyard Tours. Area vineyards and wineries are ready and waiting for guests to tour their operations, learn about the art of winemaking, and enjoy wine tasting, appetizers and live entertainment. Take your time and tour your favorite wineries, enjoying the Grand Valley hospitality and gorgeous scenery.