The bright and spacious tasting room at Snowy Peaks Winery in downtown Estes Park.
Credit: Terri Cook
The Winery: Snowy Peaks Winery
The People: Snowy Peaks owners Candice and Erik Mohr are clearly not afraid to take a chance. Scientists by training, the duo worked as ecologists first in Arizona, where they met, and then in Colorado, where Candice grew up. But in 2003, after...
July 30 2015, 4:10 PM
Owners Blake and Tracy Eliasson arranging a tasting session at Boulder's Settembre Cellars.
The Winery: Settembre Cellars
The People: After Tracy and Blake Eliasson met at a bluegrass show, they fell in love making homemade pasta and drinking Italian wine together. While experimenting with winemaking in their basement, Blake, who has a Ph.D. in engineering, became...
June 25 2015, 1:45 PM
Winemaker John Balistreri enjoys a glass of his handcrafted, Sicilian-style wine at the award-winning vineyard that three generations of his family help operate.
The Winery: Balistreri Vineyards
The People: Balistreri Vineyards is a family affair. Although founder John Balistreri, whose grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from a small village in Sicily, grew up making wine, he originally operated a cut-flower business from property he’d...
May 28 2015, 4:00 PM
A few of Spero Winery's award-winning bottles on display in their Denver tasting room
The Winery: Spero Winery
The People: Husband-and-wife team Clyde and June Spero own and operate this Denver-based, boutique winery. Clyde has been making wine his entire life, having learned the craft from his father, Gaetano, who emigrated from southern Italy at...
April 30 2015, 12:00 PM
The Bear & the Herb, a wine-inspired tipple at last year's Colorado Cocktail Competition
Colorado Wine Week is a celebration of the state's burgeoning industry, but you won't find stuffy aficionados sticking their noses into glasses and speaking of hay, iron, and dark fruit. No, this festival is anything but snooty. The Colorado Association of Viticulture and Enology...
June 3 2014, 10:25 AM
Fuel Up: As we rolled into the second half of the Fruit and Wine Byway, we started thinking about lunch. Sure, we’d been grazing as we went, but all that pedaling works up an appetite. After a stop at Mesa Park Vineyards, a family-run operation with a half-dozen reds and whites to...
September 12 2013, 11:00 AM
Rev Up: Temperatures in the Grand Valley have cooled off just enough in September that you don’t need to worry about beating the heat with an early morning bike ride. Instead, spend a leisurely morning at breakfast at the Wine Country Inn, an 80-room Victorian-style hotel nestled in 21...
September 11 2013, 11:00 AM
It has been a long wait, but the warm, sunny days and cool nights of Colorado’s high elevation mesas and river valleys have finally ripened the grapes for harvest. The 22nd Annual Mountain Wine Fest will take place at Riverbend Park in Palisade from September 19 to 22. Nearly every winery in...
September 10 2013, 2:00 PM