Road Trip – Part 3
Leaving Parachute we headed to Palisade, CO aka Colorado Wine Country. We had booked our stay at the Wine Country Inn.
Surrounded by wineries and not far off the highway, the inn is lovely, the staff friendly and helpful. While checking in, we solicited their advice about wineries they would recommend we visit. The woman at the desk asked us a few questions to get a feel for our taste in wine. Sherry answered as I rarely drink alcohol. 🍷Based on Sherry’s replies, she gave us a map and suggested a few wineries. As we had arrived in mid-afternoon and the temperature was 102° , she kept the list short. Most of the tasting rooms close at 5 p.m. Off we went.
There are bikes to rent at the hotel and around town that allow you to bike from winery to winery. For us, it was simply too hot. There are also luxury wine tours, horse-drawn carriage tours, etc. to personalize your visit.
Palisade’s motto is Life tastes good here all year long, and is known for its peaches, simply delicious. Be sure to try some. If you have time to visit the art galleries and lavender farms, do.
Our first stop was Canyon Wind/Anemoi Cellars. Surrounded by the vineyards, the tasting room has a few tables out on the lawn under beautiful shade trees. We said hello to a group of women enjoying their wine and entered the tasting room. There is a small storefront with a warehouse in the back. The owner gave Sherry a couple of samples, and discussed wine-making with us. Sherry bought a Chardonnay and we continued on our way.
Our next stop was High Country Orchards and Colterris Wines.
In addition to wine, there are lots of fresh fruit for to enjoy.
After tasting, Sherry preferred their 2014 Cabernet Franc and 2015 CORAL White Cabernet Sauvignon.
As this was our second stop, it was hot and we were hungry, we decided to sit on their patio for a bit. We ordered a glass of the White Cabernet Sauvignon. What’s a glass without some brie, crackers and of course, chocolate! As a non-wine drinker, I can tell you that this white Cabernet Sauvignon is wonderfully delicious.
After an enjoying our light lunch, we moved on. A short drive up the road, we stopped at Colorado Cellars, they offer fruit wines and mead, in addition to their reds and whites.
I apologize to Colorado Cellars for not taking pictures, I’ll blame it on the glass of wine I had at lunch. I did purchase the blackberry wine and Golden Nektar Mead for tasting at my next family game night.
Just around the corner, we pulled into Carlson Vineyards. They are Colorado’s original winery.
Carlson Vineyards has a nice gift shop in addition to a tasting room. They offer a shaded outdoor area too. Here we sampled several fruit wines and browsed their gift shop. Although we did not buy wine here, they were quite good.
Our next stop was Hermosa Vineyards. Here we had the pleasure of the meeting the owner, he told us that he crafted the wines to his personal taste. He talked about his process and different grapes. He provided buckets for us to dump any leftover wine, which was probably a good idea as we’d been “tasting” for a couple of hours at this point. Sherry enjoyed all the wine she tasted here. I bought a Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and the Dessert Wine, which he had us taste with a piece of Dove chocolate. Heaven! Sherry purchased the Cabernet Franc.
We had a lovely visit at the Hermosa Vineyards tasting room but it was now time to head back to our hotel for a swim and a meal.
The view from the pool is breath-taking, the water cool and quite welcoming after a hot day. We dined al fresco, seated among blooming flower gardens and baskets. The meal was tasty, we recommend the macaroni and cheese. Yum!
We’ll be back in Colorado Wine Country soon we hope. It’s perfect for a Mother/Daughter, Girlfriends or Couples trip.
Here’s to a Happy Life!
MaryBeth & Sherry