Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Wine, Food and Fun at the 20th Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest

By Elaine Matthews

If you have a love for discovering new and interesting wines and a passion for gorgeous venues, the 20th Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest is for you. The September 15-18 event, nestled in the heart of Colorado’s wine country at the quaint community of Palisade, boasts 55-plus Colorado wineries in attendance.

Colorado Mountain Winefest Executive Director Sarah Catlin says many people are surprised to learn there are so many wineries in a state known for snow. “The warm days and cool nights of the Western Slope of Colorado, paired with the 4,000’ to 5,000’ elevation, makes the area perfect for grapes. And there are other ideal areas for vineyards located all across the state.”

Palisade’s vineyards produce 85 percent of the grapes that feed the state’s wine industry.

This year’s Colorado Mountain Winefest, with its Festival in the Park on September 17, will have Colorado-grown and produced wines for tasting, wine competitions, music by Matthew Moon and Dotsero, chef demonstrations, educational seminars, winemaker dinners, a V.I.P. experience, winery tours and more.

Because the event is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, organizers expect record crowds, and the hotels are already filling up for the weekend of fun.

Artwork Chosen for 20th Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest
In honor of the Colorado Mountain Winefest, an art contest is held every year to allow local artists the opportunity to put their mark on a nationally recognized event. The piece chosen is featured in all marketing materials, including the website, brochure, posters and other promotional pieces.

The artist’s work representing the 20th annual event is Patricia Carroll’s oil on canvas, titled “Colorado Nectar.”

Carroll said, “There is nothing more beautiful than the morning sun creeping over the rows of grape vines or the warm color of their leaves in autumn. The contest allowed me to show the translucence of the glass and wine, the solidity of the barrel, the plumpness of the grapes and the light on the vineyard. Adding the logo for the festival helped connect the image to Colorado’s incredible wine industry.”

Carroll is an award-winning artist with paintings sold through galleries in Scottsdale and Sedona, Ariz., and Woodland Park, Colo., and commissioned pieces are held in public and private collections around the country.

To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, visit www.coloradowinefest.com.

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