Toast flood survivors with special Manitou wine

By Carol McGraw Published: August 30, 2013 | 5:55 pm 0

Here's a toast to the folks of Manitou Springs who have persevered despite flooding.

And Tracy Fagner has just the beverage.

The Manitou winemaker created a limited blueberry pinot noir called "Manitou Elixir," and is using a portion of sales to benefit flood victims through an emergency recovery fund overseen by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Many of the wines in her D'Vine Wines shop and tasting room were ruined in the recent flooding. Her shop is on the back of the historic Spa Building next door to Adams Mountain Cafe. Both just reopened after days of cleanup.

The Elixir was on a high shelf and survived.

"We lost anything that was fermenting on the lower shelf," she said. That amounted to about 70 batches of various types of wines, which would have equaled about 2,100 bottles.

The Manitou Elixir is one of the most popular wines she makes on site. Twice a year they release a unique limited wine and right before the flood the pinot noir was going to be that wine. At the recent Manitou Festival, she had sold 200 bottles of it in less than two hours. It's a sweet wine, in the tradition of a Muscat, reisling or other dessert wines.

Fagner started her winemaking several years ago after years as an executive of an electronics store.

"I love wine and I decided it was time to do something fun."

The flood has not dampened her enthusiasm for winemaking or the town.

"I wanted to get people coming back into Manitou." So the wine is available only at the shop, 934 Manitou Ave., suite 108. It sells for $16 and 25 percent will benefit the community.

The label she created shows a bottle floating gently in an ocean.

"I didn't want it to depict destruction," she said.

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