I really enjoyed the wine festival. This would be my 4th wine festival that I have attended. I have attended two wine festivals in California and two in Colorado. I have attended the Ojai Valley Wine Festival at Lake Casitas in Ventura, CA, Wine in the Pines in Pine Mountain Club, CA, Bootstraps Western Wine Festival in Evergreen Colorado and now the Colorado Mountain Wine Festival in Palisade, CO.
So how does the Colorado Mountain Wine Festival compare to the other festivals? Check out my full review of all four festivals here.
In addition to the wine tastings I observed a cooking demonstration and also a ice carving demonstration. Watch my short video of the ice carving below:
The other element that was inconvenient was the lack of lodging near the wine festival. For me the ideal situation is camping or affordable lodging near the festival (within walking distance) and sadly this is difficult to find. However there is a shuttle that picks up and drops you off at downtown Grand Junction for only $15. This option is very convenient if you are staying at a hotel in Grand Junction, however it is an added expense in addition to your wine festival admission .
Another option is to camp at the Island acres campground (part of the James M Robb Park) located about 7 miles from the festival. This might be the cheapest option but you would still need to arrange safe transportation to and from the festival.
Now back to the wine.
Overall I really enjoyed the festival and I will definitively be back. There were a few wineries that really stood out and I would like to mention them. Keep in mind that your palate may vary. It was impossible to try every wine at the festival, but I think I did a good job of trying.
Below are are my favorites in no particular order from The Colorado Mountain Wine Festival:
Garrett Estate Cellars www.garrettestatecellars.com
Chardonnay (non oak)
Pheasant Run Red
Colorado Cellars www.coloradocellars.com/
Maison LaBelle Vie Winery www.maisonlabellevie.com
Bookcliff Vineyards bookcliffvineyards.com
Ten Bears Winery tenbearswinery.com
Varaison Vineyards http://varaisonvineyards.com/
Forbidden Fruit Hard Apple Cider
Spero Winery http://sperowinery.biz/
Boulder Creek Winery (closing)
Greystone Vineyards https://graystonewines.com/
Stone Cottage Cellars http://www.stonecottagecellars.com/
Hermosa Vineyards http://www.hermosavineyards.com/
(not at wine festival this year but one of my favorites)
Syrah (sold out at time of visit)
Cabernet Sauvignon (sold out at time of visit)