'Thyme To Travel with Rochael Teynor" in New West Magazine featured several wineries from around Colorado's Wine Country. Teynor writes:"At Carlson Vineyards, winemakers Mary and Parker Carlson offer a taste of their Peach wine served warm with mulling spices (warm peach cobbler in a mug) – perfect for an autumn evening. Another favorite – and the winner of several awards – is their Laughing Cat Riesling, which is produced from 100% Colorado-grown Riesling grapes. With subtle notes of apple, apricot, and pear, it is a semi-sweet wine that is a perfect complement to light fare featuring prosciutto or ham, chicken, seafood, cheese and fresh fruit. Carlson Vineyards is open year-round for tours, tasting, and retail sales, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For more information call (970) 464-5554.
"Owners Stephen and Naomi Smith opened Grande River Vineyards winery in 1990. With the stunning Bookcliffs rising above the vineyard, it is the ideal setting for this award-winning vineyard. Grande River grows all of the grapes for their wine and supplies fruit to many other Colorado wineries as well as wineries in several states.
"Merlot, cabernet sauvignon and syrah – three prominent red grape varieties – together make up about half of Colorado’s grape production. After sampling their Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, and Meritage Red, it was hard to choose a favorite, but I decided the Viognier will be replacing my usual selection of Gewürztraminer and Beaujolais this Thanksgiving. Grande River Vineyards’ tasting room is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. 1-70 at Exit 42, Palisade, CO 81526/(970) 464-5867."
There's also nice plugs for Inaris Bistro and for the Wine Country Inn.