This year our annual peach trek to Palisade, CO was a bit more involved than usual. We had our daughter and grandchildren, all of whom moved in with us about the time I went radio silent last year, with us in a suite at a bed and breakfast. It sounds swankier than it is. Sharing a bathroom with two women and a two-year old…. Okay, don’t want to offend any female readers so I’ll leave it at that.
The general purpose of this annual trek, aside from the absolutely gorgeous produce we can pick up out there that was on the vine the day before, is wine. Which brings us back on topic. We’re sad to report one of our favorite wineries, Reeder Mesa, is hanging it up. Once Doug has sold out of his current stock he’s done. That, after taking the gold medal at the Mesa County Fair, best of show for his Tempranillo. Doug is very good at what he does. He makes the best wine in the Grand Valley. It will be a shame to see him go. Otherwise we got quite a bit of wine for the year but while we’re on the vino, a shout out to She Who Always Must Be Obeyed (SWAMBO). She tied for first place in the Italian Red Wine category in the Colorado State Fair, took first place for the same wine and second place for her Riesling in the Adams County Fair and the red took reserve grand champion in that category. Congrats, dear!
The beer part of the Palisade trip was a little disappointing. I have a friend who works at the Colorado Agricultural Research Station there and she offered to let me pick some of her hops. I was enthusiastic about the idea until I realized first, I have no good way of drying them quickly enough, that is, before we returned home, and second, I don’t have time this week to make a fresh-hop batch. Bummer. Maybe next year, if they have excess I can snag some of them and find a dehydrator on Craig’s List beforehand, I can score some good, fresh hops.
A shout out to Cory, former head brewer at the Dillon Dam Brewery. He’s set up his own place in the old Village Inn in Silverthorne, CO and we finally stopped in. Good brews and a good-natured brewer! I got to sample some of his upcoming ideas, an IPA with a fruit-punch nose (in a good way, via the hops) and a wheat beer, not a Wit, with some orange peel. Visit the Brewery Bakery if you have a chance, it’s worth the stop.