Wining & Dining in Durango

The Durango Wine Experience is the perfect springtime escape to southwest Colorado. Locals and tourists alike flock to the weekend festival. Photos: Neill Pieper

The Durango Wine Experience is the perfect springtime escape to southwest Colorado. Locals and tourists alike flock to the weekend festival. Photos: Neill Pieper

Springtime Fun in the Beautiful Southwest

By The Thirst Colorado Team

Springtime in Durango is quite the experience no matter what’s on the entertainment agenda. Throw in a wandering wine-tasting event and the southwest Colorado town blooms like a valley of wildflowers.

The Durango Wine Experience features three days of wine-related events. Tastings, dinners, pairings and seminars unfold in a relaxed setting. The climax, The Grand Tasting, takes place on Saturday afternoon just a few blocks from downtown.

“You will be able to sample hundreds of wines, beers and spirits at 50 or more beverage tables,” said Mandi Davis, event director. “Fifteen of our top local chefs present samples of their restaurants’ cuisine. And people can bid on exciting items at our silent auction to help raise money for our non-profit beneficiary.” 

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However, the Experience also features a Friday evening outing that prompts people to explore the downtown area businesses by tempting them with great wine, beer, spirits and food. The Walk-About Durango Tasting showcases more than a dozen outlets that offer libations and pair them with great hors d’oeuvres, desserts and other fine foods. During last year’s Experience, hundreds 
of people took part, toasting with friends. Locals mingle with visitors and everyone gets to enjoy top-flight beverages, many from 
the region.

Although fine wine from across the country is available, local breweries and distilleries, restaurants and retail outlets also offer a variety of weekend options. For those with extra time, visitors can always explore the area’s hiking and biking, fishing and rafting, the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge train and Mesa Verde National Park. The Animas Valley has a bevy of fun to offer.

Proceeds from the event go to charitable, cultural, educational and economic development in the area. “For the last 10 years, all net proceeds have gone to a local Durango non-profit,” according to the Durango Wine Experience website. “The beneficiary for the last several years has been the United Way of Southwest Colorado.”

IF YOU GO

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