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We just got home from the Scenic Wine Country Bus Tour, as part of the Colorado Mountain Winefest, and we were thrilled with the experience.  To be honest, we thought we would go from one winery to another, have lunch, then more wineries, and then come home.  While the wine was certainly a big part of this tour, the tour itself, with Monty Haltiner as the guide, and Levi of Smith Coaches as our fearless (and I mean it….there were hairpin turns that I wouldn’t go around in my car) as our bus driver, was definitely the highlight.  We got to sample wines at 3 places, ate lunch at a wine country deli/winery/art gallery, and spent a lot of time on the bus checking out the scenery.  Monty’s passion for the geology of the region made the tour so special that it exceeded our expectations.  If you’ve never toured the Grand Mesa, doing it in the comfort of an air conditioned bus, with the sweet buzz of some Colorado wines in your blood, is the best way to do it.

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We had tastings by very gracious hosts at Red Fox Cellars, Alfred Eames Cellars at Puerta del Sol Vineyards, and Williams Cellars.  Each winery was pretty far from the other, which gave us time to meet our fellow winos, which was also a highlight.  We were treated to lunch by The Apple Shed Deli, and that was delicious, also.  We picked up some yummy smelling candles in the gift shop, too.  We restrained ourselves from purchasing any of the beautiful artwork and flavored olive oil…but just barely.

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Monty is super knowledgeable about the Colorado wine industry, as well as the Grand Valley area in general.  You get the idea that if you asked him where to find anything he would have the right answer.

What a great day!  Tomorrow is the Wine Festival, and we are VIP’s, baby!  We hope to see some of these folks there…

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Have you ever toured the Grand Mesa or Grand Junction/Palisade?  What was your experience?