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Wine fest adds spirits

Sep 18, 2016

Myjah Bergeron of Peach Street Distilleries answers questions about the product to festival goers.
Credit Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

The Snowmass Wine Festival is continuing to gain attendees. This year the Friday night wine dinner sold out, and the Saturday grand tasting had a record high in ticket sales. The number of online sales doubled from 2015.

For the first time this year a handful of distilleries were on hand - balancing out the wine selection with a range of spirits. Myjah Bergeron is with Palisades, Colo. distillery Peach Street - the longest running local distillery in Colorado. She said even at wine tastings, Coloradans are loyal to home state libations.

“The winers have been like - ‘it’d be great to have distilleries on board’ and they’ve been doing that with breweries as well. Anything with wine, food, beer, spirits - anything with Colorado has been gaining movement,” said Bergeron.

The Snowmass Rotary Club puts on the event and 100 percent of proceeds go to valley nonprofits. Rotary member Randy Woods has orchestrated the event for the past 14 years. He said he’s glad it’s growing but he hopes the shoulder season event will never be as big as the Aspen Food and Wine festival.

Interested in trying more Colorado libations? Check out this info map for details on where to go!