Castle Rock

Event to be awash in Colorado wines

Castle Rock fest returns to Grange

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Max Ariza, of Maison La Belle Vie Winery, discusses one of the Palisade winery's red blends with a potential customer at last year's Castle Rock Wine Fest. The 10th annual celebration of wine will take place in The Meadows July 19.
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The 11th annual Castle Rock WineFest, an outdoor wine tasting event to be held July 19, will offer more than 180 varieties of Colorado wine from more than two dozen wineries.

Presented by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, the tasting will be held at the Grange in the Meadows, 3692 Meadows Blvd.

WineFest will offer tastings, wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, food trucks and a local band. The event will run from 2-8 p.m.

"When we decided to add WineFest to our slate of community events in Castle Rock, we wanted to create another local cultural event to go along with things like our Art Festival," Chamber of Commerce president Pam Ridler said. “With the Colorado wines, we have an event that showcases a growing industry here in Colorado.”

Ridler said they decided to start this year's event two hours later so the tasting will go into the evening, after soliciting advice from the community.

“It's more than just a tasting,” she said. “We want to create an experience that fits into a six-hour time frame.”

Castle Rock firefighters of Local 4116 will be providing rides home free of charge. Attendees can meet the firefighters by their tent near Meadows Boulevard in front of the Grange and let them take care of the rest.

For the past three years, WineFest has also featured a grape stomp, a tradition that continues this year.

"It's just a lot of fun to see people stomping up and down and squishing grapes beneath their toes," Ridler said.

A free shuttle service from the Outlets at Castle Rock to the event will be available. The shuttle will be based at the northwest section of the shopping center, near the Nike Outlet. A photo ID is required.

There is no self-parking at the Grange. There is valet parking at the festival site for $10, but space is limited.

The first 2,000 WineFest attendees will receive a free wine bottle tote and wine glass.

"It's a very casual event,” Ridler said. “It's all outdoors.”

Tickets are $27 in advance the the tasting ($37 beginning July 17); $17 for designated drivers; and $10 for valet parking. Children 17 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.

Winemaker dinners will be held the week prior to the Grand Tasting. The dinners are described as elegant and intimate multi-course dinners and wine pairings, hosted by select area restaurants and Colorado wineries.

Grand Tasting/Winemaker Dinner discounted tickets are available. Tickets are $84 for the dinner and tasting and $64 for the dinner alone.

For more information and to buy tickets, which buyers must print themselves, visit castlerockculture.com.