Exploring Colorado Wine Country in Paonia, Grand Junction and Aspen
Paonia, Colorado is nestled in the secluded North Fork Valley – between Aspen and Grand Junction as the crow flies. It is a unique climate where Colorado’s incredible Rocky Mountains merge dramatically with the mesas and flats of Utah.
In the last year, the world has started to catch on to Colorado’s best kept secret: the North Fork Valley is host to a secluded natural beauty, a temperate climate and geology that supports fine Colorado wine making, and a presence of creative, individualistic personalities to preside over it all.
The North Fork today reminds some of the Willamette Valley in Oregon twenty years ago – an epicenter of great wine, burgeoning food and wonderful people.
While the North Fork can’t approach Willamette Valley’s size, it does embrace a unique set of environmental and cultural circumstances that make it one of the best places to eat, drink and be merry in the state – all with a real, down to earth country flavor that no longer exists in many of America’s fine wine regions. As Colorado wine moves rapidly into the top five wine producing states for quality, the North Fork is leading the way,
Our Mission :: The Colorado Wine Experience
The mission of Savor Each Glass is to promote wine and food in Colorado - including Palisade, Paonia and the North Fork valley - through teaching wine classes, pairing the regions fine wines with local cuisine, and helping Colorado's burgeoning wine makers get the word out on some of the great wines they are producing.
Savor Each Glass is maintained by Paonia local Tynan Szvetecz, an Executive Wine Sommelier and Senior Wine Instructor with the International Wine Guild Wine School . Mr. Szvetecz is a Master Candidate to become a Master Sommelier, having successfully completed his blind tasting entrance exams.
At Savor Each Glass, you can:
- Learn about local Colorado Food & Wine events in the North Fork Valley
- Sign-up for wine classes all over Colorado’s western slope
- Put together a Colorado wine tour in Paonia or Grand Junction (hike, bike or float!)
- Hire your own personal sommelier for special events
- Join our exclusive email list featuring upcoming classes, area events and wine tips
- Hire a certified wine judge to manage, or take part in, Colorado wine judging competitions
- Hire a consultant to help optimize and build your store or restaurant’s wine business
- Arrange staff training workshops to teach your staff proper wine service at your restaurant or wine-bar
Grand Junction Wine Country :: Wine Tours, Wine Events & Classes
Colorado’s Vintners have earned a reputation for producing quality wines running the gamut from honey-mead to savory Chardonnays, from cherry wines to full-bodied Merlots. The Grand Junction valley of Colorado, Grand Junction wine country, is home to premium wines unique to the region and open for Grand Junction wine tastings and Grand Junction wine events.
In this article you’ll find what makes Grand Junction a prime location for some of the finest wines in the world, common terminology used when discussing wine appreciation and winemaking as well as the perfect venues and events to plan your next weekend getaway or wine country celebration.
Click here for the complete primer on Grand Junction Wine Country