The high country is certainly preparing for a great rafting season! Ullr decided to gift Breckenridge with 35 inches of snow this past week. It is hard to believe that this is the middle of May. Luckily, we are expecting temperatures in the 60’s this weekend, so maybe we’re just going to skip spring altogether and jump right into summer. Some of the restaurants are closed for cleaning or because all of their employees have flocked to enjoy a quick vacation before the busy summer season begins. So, what is there to do? Aside from hiking, biking or enjoying a spa day, you can taste your way through Breckenridge’s wine and spirits tasting rooms. Here are a few ideas:
D’vine Wine, Home of Wild Women Wine:
211 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
D’vine Wine and Wild Women Winery Breckenridge Wine Tastings
Located in the heart of downtown Breckenridge, D’vine Wine offers a wide selection of their own custom wines made from imported grapes which are then handcrafted, blended and fermented right in front of you. The staff can even guide you through creating your own custom blend. Let your taste buds do the walking as you journey through a wine tasting. Tastings are offered daily and begin at $5 for three wines of your choice from the tasting menu. For $12, you can select four and your souvenir wine glass is on the house. If you truly want to get a taste of what Wild Women Wines have to offer, you can select any seven wines for $10.
You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy your time at D’vine Wine. If you are looking for a tasting room that is more casual and entertaining without feeling stuffy or intimidating, this is the place to visit. On Fridays and Saturdays, come in for Music, Massage and Merlot from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and enjoy $5 glasses of wine and $1 per minute chair massages. This is also when you can catch Naked Pete (don’t worry, while working, he doesn’t live up to his namesake) taking song requests and jamming on his guitar or keyboard. Although crowd participation is not mandatory, you might find yourself singing along or (depending on how many glasses you’ve had) trying on the infamous grape costume, complete with white gloves and cap. (*Insiders scoop: if you wear the suit outside and are able to coerce people to come into the tasting room, you might find yourself a free glass of wine!)
Open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Breckenridge tasting room is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
For more information, visit www.brecktastingroom.com/
Ridge Street Wine and Cheese, Breckenridge Cheese and Chocolate:
304 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Breckenridge Ridge Street Wine and Cheese Wine Tastings
+Nestled in a walkway across from the historic Summit Ski Exhibit, Ridge Street Wine and Cheese offers a unique and affordable selection of wines from around the world. Make your way upstairs to begin your journey though a unique and affordable selection of wines from around the world. You’ll find an Enomatic Wine Preservation System, which helps preserve the integrity of the wines after they are opened, a bistro-like setting and friendly staff that will help guide you through the tasting options.
They offer a wonderful selection of meats, cheeses, olives and nuts on their cheese plates. You can even purchase the wines, meats and cheeses downstairs. Take a whirl through the delectable selection of chocolates while you’re down there too. You won’t be sorry.
Breck Wine, Cheese & Chocolate is open daily from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 9:00 p.m.
WINE & CHEESE WEDNESDAYS- 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday, choose from any three 1/2 glasses from the Enomatic + a 1 Cheese Plate of your choosing…All for $20! Fun, interesting and delicious. Budget friendly way to get out with friends, socialize and try some great new wines & cheeses.
FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS- 5-9 p.m. every Friday. Choose any three 1/2 glasses from the Enomatic for $15!! A great way to try new wines side by side.
For more information, visit http://www.breckwineandcheese.com/
Distillery- 1925 Airport Road, Breckenridge, CO
Tasting Room- 137 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon and Spirits Tasting Tours
Visiting the world’s highest distillery is definitely something you should include during your next trip to Breckenridge. With Breckenridge founded on gold, it’s no surprise that it is the home base for the gold-winning bourbon, they often refer to as “Hooch.” Their Midwest sweet corn mash, proofed with snowmelt water-based vodka doesn’t hover in the shadows. Its smooth taste has also worked its way up in the ranks and has won medals at both the International Wine and Spirits and World Spirits Competitions.
Watch how they mash, ferment and distill their products in person by touring the Distillery from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
If you are just strolling through Breckenridge, stop by their downtown tasting room. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sunday until 7 p.m.
Sign up for their mailing list to have the opportunity to help bottle their products. Although it is volunteer work, you won’t be disappointed with your prize.
For more information, visit www.breckenridgedistillery.com/