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By Stephanie Earls Published: May 18, 2013

The Wines of Colorado

Start here for a big-picture view of what Colorado has to offer in the way of enology, along with expert staff guidance, free tastings of more than 50 state-produced wines and a full menu with picturesque, creekside dining. The shop and tasting room is located at the base of the Pikes Peak Highway, just west of Manitou Springs. winesofcolorado.com

 

The Blue Star

With more than 600 bottles, there's plenty to choose from at a range of prices at this Colorado Springs dining destination for world-class wine fans. Recently awarded the coveted Blue Star Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. The Blue Star offers an ambience for any occasion, along with a menu that changes monthly. thebluestar.net

 

Redstone Meadery

Who needs a renaissance festival to tipple the honey wine? Redstone is one of the nation's larger producers of mead, a sweet wine derived from fermented honey that's been a hit with revelers and bards since ancient times. This Boulder meadery offers free informative tours at 1 and 3 p.m. on weekdays and at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. redstonemeadery.com

 

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

Located on the grounds of the historic Holy Cross Abbey in Ca?n City, this scenic, award-winning winery at the base of the Wet Mountains was opened in 2002 by a group of Benedictine monks. The winery specializes in Colorado varietals including riesling, merlot, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc. abbeywinery.com

 

Two Rivers Winery and Chateau

The heart of Colorado wine country beats along the Western Slope, where the dry climate and elevation is ideal for a range of grape varietals, and where you'll find the nation's highest-altitude wineries. A great time to visit is late summer. A relatively new addition to the corpus of Colorado vintners, this Grand Junction winery is family-owned. tworiverswinery.com

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