Red Fox Cellars is the newest winery near Palisade and it is set to open its tasting room to the public on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Red Fox Cellars has sold its wine at Colorado wine festivals and Kannah Creek Brewing Company in Grand Junction since the beginning of the summer, and the tasting room has been in the works for over a year.

The tasting room is located at 695 36 Road, just east of Palisade, and will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

“It’s a great location that sits near the Fruit and Wine Byway and Front Street, so it’s convenient and easy to find,” states Sherrie Hamilton, co-owner.

Hamilton, along with her husband and sons, remodeled an office building into the new Red Fox Cellars tasting room. It features reclaimed barn wood and other rustic features, as well as a patio with views of both Mount Garfield and the Grand Mesa.

Currently, Red Fox Cellars has two wine offerings, with many more on the way. Fruit wine and cider will be added to the portfolio in the future. 44 is a red blend with equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, with a touch of Black Muscat.

Bourbon Barrel Merlot is an offering unique to Red Fox. “You see craft brewers use bourbon barrels to age beer in all the time,” states Chad Hamilton, co-winemaker. “So we thought, ‘Why not try it with wine?’ It was a risky experiment but so far it has been a success.”

“We went back and forth about the identity and personality of the winery but, in the end, we decided to be ourselves,” says Scott Hamilton, co-owner. “We are a friendly, easy-going family that enjoys trying new things without sacrificing quality. I think that our wines and tasting room embody those characteristics and we’re excited to share it with the community.”

In addition to the tasting room opening, Red Fox Cellars will also be pouring at this year’s Colorado Mountain Wine Festival on September 20 in Palisade and will have a Grand Opening celebration the weekend of September 27.

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