North Fork Uncorked

North Fork Uncorked

Enjoy Tasting New Releases from the West Elks Wineries of Western Colorado

Father’s Day Weekend – June 14-16, 2019

The winemakers of Paonia and Hotchkiss, CO invite you to come to the beautiful North Fork Valley and taste their newly released wines at North Fork Uncorked. Festivities, hosted by each of the wineries of the West Elks AVA, will be held throughout the area. North Fork Uncorked is three days of exciting events featuring wine and food pairings, barrel tastings, and winemaker dinners. Fun activities for everyone.

Alongside the area’s farmers, artisanal cheese-makers, micro-brewers, hard cider producers, chefs, bee keepers, and Slow Foodies, local winemakers hand-craft limited quantity, artisanal wines. Because grape growing conditions in the mountains of Western Colorado are severe, production is extremely limited. This, combined with a tenacious devotion to quality, makes wine availability very limited. Many of the wineries offer their cuvees only out of their tasting rooms and sell out of popular vintages early each summer.

Notably, the West Elks AVA is home to vineyards planted at the highest elevation in the Northern Hemisphere. The intense sunlight, warm days and cool nights produce grapes that are ideally suited for creating distinctive Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Petite Pearl, Gamay, Cayuga and Chambourcin. Additionally, local winemakers craft wines from Colorado-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Carmena, Primitivo, St Vincent Red, and Tempranillo. Vintners produce wines in all styles from beautifully dry, crisp whites, to robust, meaty reds, sweet and delicious port-style dessert wines, and hard apple cider.

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2019 Theme – Luau

This year, the winemakers have selected a Luau theme for the Fathers Day weekend event. Dads who wear a Hawaiian Shirt on Sunday, June 16 will get a glass of wine! Wineries will generally be open from 11am to 6pm.

Endless Endeavor will stay open until 8pm during Rural Philanthropy Days through Saturday of Uncorked (June 12 thru June 15) so that visitors can enjoy some wine on their patio during the comfortable early evening hours with the likelihood of beautiful sunsets!

Mesa Winds will be re-opening this weekend. They will offer Colorado Pastured Pork “Kalua Pork”.

Friday – June 14

Delicious Orchards with live music featuring Questionable Company at 5pm and Otis Taylor headlining at 7pm. Tickets ($15 in advance/$20 at door) available at Brown Paper Tickets.

Alfred Eames/Pam’s Jammin’ Luau with great music by David Sheppard and Ellen Hutto. 6:30pm. $65. Reservations required – 970.527.6290 or email Pam.

Leroux Creek Wine Dinner, Hawaiian-style. Evening starts at 6pm with petanque. Roast pig luau will be served at 6:30pm. Enjoy new wine release: Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Rose. By the glass or bottle. $58.50. Reservations required – 970.872.4746

The Storm Cellar Sommelier-Winemaker Summer Wine Release Dinner in the vineyard. 6pm. $85. Sold out.

Saturday – June 15

Black Bridge Winery: Taste of the Vineyard Wagon Tour and barrel tasting (times determined throughout the day). 970.527.6838.

Delicious Orchards BBQ starting at 12pm with music by JoAlan and Tim Veazy at 2:30pm.

Stone Cottage Cellars Gourmet Barrel Tasting and Food & Wine Pairing. One seating at 4pm; 6:30pm seating is sold out. $75. Reservations required – online or call 970.527.3444.

Sunday – June 16

Black Bridge Winery: Taste of the Vineyard Wagon Tour and barrel tasting (times determined throughout the day). 970.527.6838.

Azura Cellars Opening Day of 2019 Yachting Season. Open sailing 11am-2pm. Wine available.


Just a stone’s throw from Grand Junction (1.5 hours) and Montrose (1 hour) a beautiful drive over Kebler Pass from Crested Butte (1.25 hours) or a foray over McClure pass from Aspen (2.25 hours), Carbondale (1.5 hours) Glenwood Springs (2 hours), and Redstone (45 minutes), North Fork Uncorked offers a refreshing food and wine getaway with plenty of additional diversions to leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for summer. Join us this Father’s Day and celebrate our new, limited releases and enjoy warm, down to earth hospitality. Aloha!

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