Wine tasting in Palisade, COlo.
How to taste: Biking is big in Palisade. Bikes are available to rent at Rapid Creek Cycles. Routes are well marked by signs noting the Colorado Fruit & Wine Byway, which meanders past orchards, lavender farms and locals’ homes. Vehicles are respectful and traffic is manageable.
When to visit: Prime wine time would be Sept. 17-20, when the town hosts the Colorado Mountain Winefest, featuring a grape stomp, demonstrations and dozens of wineries.
Where to stay: Various motels, hotels and B&Bs serve the area. Catering to wine fiends is the Wine Country Inn, which offers bottles from neighboring Grande River Vineyards. Mountains are visible from the pool and outdoor patio.