Here are are a few blogs my sister in law and I posted on our wine blog event: www.twodvinegirls.ning.com on a local event here in the Denver Metro area.
I wanted so much to have nice things to say about an event in a great little town. The wine makers were great, pouring all day in the heat, trying in earnest to keep the wine from getting too warm. They answered like pros and I have so much more knowledge of Colorado wines. BUT there was no relief from the scorching 96* heat - and people were wilting like dry plants. Frankly I can only imagine the danger from having a hundred people drinking in the sun. If the chamber plans on hosting this event in July again there needs to be a huge tent!! And warn the well heeled ladies that they will be in a field. The other concern is if you advertise food - there better be free food. Or say it outright, food available for purchase. You can't try 100 wines with a few dry crackers. I was disappointed to say the least.
But I did find a few faves - 0'5 Concetta Cabernet, smells dvine too
Debeque Canyon Reserve Merlot
And I am putting on my list of thing to do a trip to Mountain View Winery in Olathe, CO.
by Amanada Hendershot
I agree the event for the most part pretty much was very unplesant. I will email the chamber and let them know they need new party planners. Shout out to the Colorado wineries though for sticking through the 100 degree poorly planned event. The Castle Rock wine Fest was not all I thought it would be for the Hoity Toity Castle Rock Crowd. First of all any wine event that you need to be shuttled in to the location can't be a good sign. 2nd if the temperature is a 100 degrees then the tasters and the vendors need more than little 10' by 10' tents for their set up (like one big huge tent preferably on a level parking lot) and third and most important, please put the event on level ground, when 5 o'clock rolled around I had drunk wine tasters stumbling all over place and on me!!! Any ground with more than a 20 degree slope is not appropriate and the dirt covered with hay doesn't help the situation any either. By the way a little fruit and cheese spread would be quite nice, I would pay the extra $10 bucks for it. Heck I wouldn't mind enjoying my wine a little, it's bad enough the reds tasted like they were nuked for 15 seconds.
Face it Castle rock Chamber of Commerce you need our help, and the wine dinners sucked too. Sorry La Dolce Vita, but the food was 2 stars out of 5. And the wine selection was poor too. But my job is to help my fellow wine drinkers. My advice would be not to attend the Castle Rock Wine Fest, a definite waste of money, and that saddens me because I really do want to support the local Colorado wineries.
On a high note: Loved Spero Winery.