Canyon Wind Cellars is nestled beneath western Colorado's lofty Roan Plateau.
—Photo by Terri Cook
The Winery: Canyon Wind Cellars
The People: Geologist Norman Christianson traveled the globe hunting for precious metals and diamonds—but that’s not all he did during his travels. He also visited many far-flung wine-producing regions and, after deciding in the late 1980s to plant his own...
January 7 2016, 3:25 PM
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
Stand up paddleboarding on the Slate River near Crested Butte. —Photo courtesy of Irwin Guides
There are few things more American than a road trip, and lucky for us, Denver is a convenient starting point for many epic out-of-town adventures. Here, five quick escapes that are sure to take your remaining summer weekends up a notch—after all, it's only a matter of time before powder hounds...
July 29 2015, 11:00 AM
With the Colorado River running through the verdant valley floor and the lush Grand Mesa and stark Book Cliff formation towering above, the town of Palisade certainly isn’t lacking scenery. It’s not longing for things to see and do either. Take a long weekend this summer and explore the 12-mile-...
July 15 2015, 9:00 AM
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Thanks to a record-setting amount of rain this spring, Colorado’s fields and farms are greener than ever. With summer just around the corner, the state’s agricultural hotspots and mountain towns are ripe for festival season—and we’ve hand-picked the best bets for you:
June 18 2015, 10:30 AM
Colterris Wines’ cab sauv grapes chill for summer rosé. —Image courtesy of Scott High
The “Coral” White Cabernet Sauvignon from Colterris Wines is a drinkable pink pearl that has emerged for its second summer season from Colorado’s Western Slope.
The winery, located on the southern mesa of Palisade, makes reds from cab sauvignon, cab franc, merlot, malbec and petit verdot...
May 18 2015, 10:30 AM
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For the December issue of 5280, deputy editor Lindsey Koehler spent a few days on the Western Slope in the town of Palisade reporting "Fruits Of Their Labor." The piece looks at one particularly iconic aspect of Colorado's $41 billion a year agriculture industry: Palisade peaches. Koehler's...
December 22 2014, 1:00 PM
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