Here's some of the notable spots & info:
Lodging - We rented a house in Palisade which was actually between Palisade and Clifton. It was a great little place that totally reminded me of my grandparent's house. Check it out HERE. The fall is a busy time of year for visiting the wineries in this area so lodging was limited since we waited until the last minute. I also recommend the Wine Country Inn which has a pool and a restaurant and is super close to everything.
- When drinking wine, you should never hold the glass on the cup. It can heat up the wine just enough to change the flavor by releasing alcohol into the air. Always hold a glass by the stem therefore, stemless glasses are really no good.
- When drinking red wine, you want to always ask what the % of alcohol is. It should be between 13.5 - 15.5% for the optimal ripeness of the grape. It is totally drinkable under that % but it tells you that the grape was underripe and the flavors will reflect that - grassy or herbal taste. A higher % will tell you that the flavors will be more robust and pronounced. In white wine you want to look for 13 - 15% alcohol. By doing this you will already know what the wine will taste like without even tasting it yet. And in restaurants if they are trying to sell you a really expensive glass of wine and the % is way low, then you should ask for something else.
- Also with red you want to give your glass a good swirl to let in the air which also helps develop more flavor and then smell it.
- When tasting wine, you want to let it go down the middle of your tongue where you will pick up the flavors that are marked on the bottle. In white wine if you let the wine fall to the sides of your tongue where the bitter/sour taste buds are then the wine will taste like vinegar and you will loose the notes of flavor. In red wine, you let it go down the middle to pick up the notes and then let it fall to the sides to get the other smoky, rich flavors.
- Eating with wine is now a new experience! You aren't supposed to let the wine wash the bite down. You are to get a bite of food and chew it a little. Then add a sip of wine and chew it with the food. The alcohol in the food is a solvent which enhances flavor. All of a sudden a burst of flavor is released into your mouth when you do this. We took some cinnamon sugar almonds and tried this out. When we added the wine with the bite, the cinnamon exploded into our mouths. It was really remarkable. That is also why you add wine to recipes. It brings out the flavors in the dish because it is a natural solvent.
I hope this helps you all as much as it helped us. We went to the next winery and asked for the % in alcohol and the employee said that no one has ever asked him that. We chuckled and told him that we like to be very thorough in our wine tasting. Still makes me laugh! I highly recommend Palisade being on your next little getaway.