3575 G Rd, Palisade, CO 81526
Old world charm, a blue Pueguet, & French country atmosphere. France is closer than you think at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, located in Palisade, CO. Owner John Barbier grew up in the Loire Valley in France, where his family has been making wine for the past 150 years. A favorite saying of John’s is, “Life is to short for cheap wine!” His 4.5 acre vineyard, Maison La Belle Vie (French for “House of Beautiful Life”) was planted 8 years ago and is producing some splendid wines. You can visit this winery on any of our Colorado Wine Country bicycle tours.
Tasting Room Hours: Winter hours are Thursday to Sunday 12pm – 5pm (call for summer hours). If you are in town and want to stop by, call to make an appointment at: 970-361-4046.
Wines: Barbier uses the age-old practice of “dry-farming”, allowing him to achieve maximum results by adding to the complexity and flavor of the fruit. We like the Cabernet Sauvignon Blend. Also, try the Vin de Noix (Wine of Walnut).
Food: Charcuterie boards $35.00 for 2 people or $60.00 for 4 people. The boards include a variety of cold meats, cheese, olives, hummus, fruits, chocolates and bread.
What makes this place great: Owner John Barbier. He’ll make you feel like you’re the only girl in the room. The wine’s good, too.
Entertainment: Owner John Barbier!
144 Kluge Ave #2, Palisade, CO 81526
This Colorado-based distiller is the oldest, locally-owned distillery in Colorado, and while the tasting room looks like a locals hang out, it really is a tasting room. Check out the sign over the bar if think otherwise. If you build it, they will come. And, people do! Peach Tree Distillers takes the fruit straight from the orchards in Palisade to the still, and the results are delicious. Owner Rory Donovan has grown his business from a back-of-a-truck operation to an award-winning distillery. Cruise on down for a libation while on our Colorado Wine Country bike tour.
Tasting Room Hours: Monday-Thursday, 12pm -10pm, Friday-Saturday, 12pm – 12pm, Sunday, 10am – 10pm. Tour available, reservations recommended.
Spirits: Try the Pear Brandy with a full pear inside the bottle or the Colorado Straight Bourbon, made from Colorado corn. I can personally vouch for the Moscow Mule.
Food: Brunch via Craving Food Truck. There’s some yummy options available, including hand cut fries tossed in sea salt & truffle oil, smoked duck tacos and maple/chardonnay smoked salmon B.L.T.
What makes this place great: The booze. The atmosphere. The staff.
Entertainment: Check out their Facebook page for entertainment posts.
Loveland Distillery and Tasting Room
1533 Taurus Ct
Estes Park Tasting Room
207 Park Lane
Estes Park, CO
This craft distillery uses natural, low cost, high quality ingredients to produce artisanal small batch rums, whiskeys & liquers. Only whole ingredients are used to create and flavor spirits and liqueurs, never extracts. Former paramedic firefighter Kristian McNay originally made beer, then decided his passion was for the hard stuff. He, his wife Kimberly and father Christopher are now hard at work, making their dream a reality. Check them out on our Loveland Colorado Bike & Brews Guided Day Tour.
Tasting Room Hours: Loveland Distillery and tasting room – Wednesday-Friday 3pm – 8pm, Saturday 1pm – 8pm
Estes Park Tasting Room – Wednesday-Saturday 1pm – 8pm
Spirits: Whiskeys, rums and liquers. Try the chai liquer, melding black tea with spicy orange peel, cinnamon and clove (my personal favorite), cask rum, or gin.
Food: Selection of small plates
What makes this place great: Their understanding that “within the chaos of everyday, we can always find humor; sometimes serenity.” And, it’s in our own backyard! We can cycle or walk to the Loveland location!
Entertainment: Check out their Facebook page for entertainment posts