Castle Rock WineFest 2016 is Saturday July 16

Ready to Taste!

If you follow this blog, then you know how much I love the events here in The Meadows. Saturday, July 16th is one of my favorites! The 13th annual Castle Rock WineFest. If you don’t have your tickets yet, what are you waiting for? Castle Rock WineFest is one of the premier events in Douglas County, and certainly a highlight here in The Meadows.

Taste Colorado Like Never Before

This will be my 4th Castle Rock WineFest and it still blows my mind that there are so many incredible wineries in Colorado. This year you can taste over 180 varieties of wine from over two dozen Colorado wineries.
Castle Rock WineFest 2016 1One of my favorite things about Castle Rock WineFest is that I’ve tasted wines that I didn’t even know were possible to make. One of my favorites from last year was a wine aged in a bourbon barrel. Seriously, it was awesome!

I’m a novice when it comes to wine (I just like to drink them), but it’s fun to talk to the different winemakers to learn about the processes it takes and the different techniques they use to make the various wines.
What’s a festival without great music? You can dance the afternoon and evening away while sipping with great live music.

New For Castle Rock WineFest 2016

Castle Rock WineFestThere are several new things this year to even get more excited about:

An Extra Hour of Wine Tasting

Due to the popularity and so many delicious wines the organizers have decided to extend Castle Rock WineFest until 9pm this year!

The V.I.P Experience

You can purchase the V.I.P Experience and get a little more out of your Castle Rock WineFest experience.

The V.I.P Experience includes:

  • Valet Parking
  • V.I.P Enterance on the East side of The Grange
  • All Day access to The Grange and its amenities
  • Light Hors D’oeuvres throughout the day
  • Wine Education
  • Unlimited wine sampling
  • 3 Craft beers on our new Beer Garden
  • Unlimited Water and Soda
  • Chair Massages
  • Wine Education Throughout the Day

A Beer Garden at Castle Rock Winefest?

That’s right. New this year, as well, will be a beer garden for those who enjoy the suds over the grapes.

Great Music, Contests, and Demonstrations

And because you must have incredible food with your wine, you can experience cooking/wine demonstrations from Chef Jeff Toback, an award-winning member of the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association. He’ll take you through incredible summer meal demonstrations as well as teach you about incredible wine pairings.
Castle Rock WineFest 2016After you have had plenty of samplings and maybe feeling relaxed — just saying — it happens; you and your friends can enter into the Tractor Supply Grape Stomp! This year you can also enjoy several other events like Dunking a Firefighter, Corn Hole, Human Foosball and a Golf Simulator all perfect after a walk through the wine tasting tents.

A Safe Ride Home

As always, it’s important to drink responsibly, and make sure that you have a designated driver. If you don’t, and you aren’t one of the lucky ones who happen to live close by, the incredible local Firefighters of 4116 will be offering free rides home for those you may have tasted a bit too much. No judging — it’s a WineFest — it happens. Simply meet them at their tent and they will make sure you get home safe.

It really is a highlight of the summer for my wife and me. When we first moved here, we thought we would just check it out, and now, it’s become a tradition. We’ve even started inviting friends and family to join in on the fun. After a busy summer it’s the perfect time for us to enjoy an adult afternoon with friends and neighbors. However, kids are welcome to come if you choose.

Visit the 13th Annual Castle Rock WineFest website to get tickets and more event information.  Get your tickets before Saturday, the 16th when the prices go up to full price at the door. Join the fun at one of the best events in Douglas County, The Castle Rock WineFest 2016. I hope to see you there!

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Aaron Colby is a lifestyle writer, husband, father of three sons and resident of The Meadows. Check out Aaron's profile on Google.
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