The Rocky Mountain Regatta at Azura Cellars is an annual benefit gala for the Blue Sage general operating fund and classical music series. Featuring fine Colorado wine, model sail-boat races, luxury vacation packages, and plenty of fine food and fun, the Regatta is a simple, elegant, playful way to support the Blue Sage.
Visit the Blue Sage site for more details.
Once a year we roll out the red carpet and give our customers and friends the grand tour of our orchard. Our 2015 farm tour will be on Sunday, May 31th. We start the tour at 10 a.m. We walk, talk, and look at all aspects of our farm. As long as Mother Nature is kind to us this spring frost season, we will look at the newly growing apples and peaches. The tour ranges from how we pack and cool the fruit, to our commercial kitchen, to how we grow our fruit. We’ll look at how we graft trees, run a wind machine and look at our newest trees. The best part of the tour? It’s free!
We are hosting a Saturday, May 30th, night dinner at the farm (amongst our fruit trees – weather permitting). Locally known chef Dava Parr from Fresh and Wyld will be preparing our primarily locally sourced dinner. As part of the tour we also organize winery and distillery tours on Saturday, May 30. All the tours are free, however, we do charge for the Saturday night dinner and a buffet lunch after the farm tour on Sunday.
For more information or to order a Saturday night dinner or Sunday lunch contact Jeni or 720-941-4889. You can also order Saturday dinner and the Sunday lunch in their online store.
In past years we have had over 100 people for our dinner in the field on Saturday night and 80 people for the walk around the farm. The food is great, the conversation excellent and it is all capped off by our view of the West Elk Mountains. Every year those that attend comment on all they have learned, how much fun it is to see a grafted trees and how powerful our wind machines are. We hope you can attend the tour this year!
Our Saturday afternoon tour will start with a guided tour of Stone Cottage Cellars, proceed to Peak Spirits distillery and Jack Rabbit Hill Vineyards and finish with our dinner in the orchard.
Saturday, May 17
1:00 pm Stone Cottage Cellars (Free)
Meet us for an intimate tour and wine tasting with proprietors Karen & ex-rocket scientist Brent Helleckson. The Stone Cottage wine cellar was built with stones sourced from their land. Their wines are a testament to the rising reputation of Colorado wines.
3:00 pm Peak Spirits/Jack Rabbit Hill (Free)
This unique estate distillery and vineyard uses Ela Family Farms’peaches, pears and apples for their spirits and their wines are Demeter biodynamic certified. Proprietors Lance and Anna Hansen give us the grand tour of the copper still they imported from Germany. Their Cap Rock Gin is infused with juniper berries wild crafted from their land. Yum! Visit their winery and distillery web pages.
5:00 pm Dinner – Ela Family Farms (RSVP)
Ela Orchard Dinner with Chef Dava Parr from Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse Inn – Join us for dinner in the orchard! This is sure to be an amazing evening with good people, good wine and good food.
$79 includes tax and tip. BYOWine. Bring your favorite wine find of the day. Veggie and child options available. Kids under 4ft. $25, kids under 2 ft. $15.
Make dinner and lunch reservations online.
Lodging and Camping Options:
There is a wide range of lodging options in our area. Visit the Delta County and the Paonia Chamber sites. We highly recommend Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse Inn in Paonia for your stay. Ela guests reserving two nights stay receive 10% off on checkout day.
We also allow our guests to camp in the orchard Saturday night.
Sunday, May 18
10:00 am Ela Family Farms (Free)
Ela Family Farms’ Annual Farm Tour. Bring your family and friends and walk in the orchard with fourth generation grower, Steve Ela. Learn the fascinating details about how your fruit is grown and come away with a deeper appreciation for Colorado grown organic fruit.
12:00 Noon picnic lunch (RSVP)
Lunch on the Lawn at Ela Family Farms – $16. Join us for locally raised chicken salad sandwiches on homemade bread (gluten free available), garden grown green salad, and a homemade cookie. Lunch RSVP required.
Approximate driving time from Denver to Paonia is under 5 hours. Be sure to have lunch before our wine tours. We recommend Redstone Inn for a late Saturday breakfast or early lunch. The drive from Redstone to Paonia is just under an hour.
From Denver to Paonia
From Denver, take I-70 west to Glenwood Springs.
At Glenwood, take Hwy 82 south to Carbondale (about 15 miles).
At Carbondale, take Hwy 133 to Paonia. This will take you past Redstone, over McClure Pass, and through Somerset and is part of the West Elk Scenic Byway.
From Hotchkiss to Ela Family Farms
Take Hwy 92 west out of Hotchkiss for about 3.8 miles. A sign for the town of Lazear marks the turnoff for 3100 Rd. Turn right onto 3100 Rd. One mile north, you will come to L Rd. Take a left on L Rd and we are the first house on the right (about 1⁄4 mile down). Our house is a stone house set back from the road about 50 yards.
From Ela Family Farms to the Front Range
Turn left out of our driveway and proceed to 3100 Rd (first stop sign). Turn right and go one mile to Hwy 92 (first stop sign). Turn left and stay on Hwy 92 through Hotchkiss. At the east end of Hotchkiss, follow the gentle left curve onto Hwy 133. Take Hwy 133 to Carbondale. Turn left and take Hwy 82 to Glenwood Springs. Follow the signs to I-70 east to Denver!
1:00 pm – Saturday
Stone Cottage Cellars
41716 Reds Rd, Paonia, CO 81428 (970) 527 3444
Just before you get to Paonia, on Hwy 133, look for the highway sign for Stone Cottage Cellars and turn right up 4175 Road. Follow that road up a long hill. At the top of the hill, the road will turn to the left. Go about another 1/4 mile, and look for the Stone Cottage sign on the left.
3:00 pm – Saturday
Peak Spirits/Jack Rabbit Hill winery
26567 North Rd. Hotchkiss, CO 81419 (970) 361-4249
From Stone Cottage Cellars, come back down the hill and get back on Highway 133. Take 133 into Hotchkiss. In Hotchkiss, take a slight right onto E. Bridge St./ CO-92. Follow CO-92 for 3.8 miles. Your next turn onto 3100 Rd. is marked with a sign to Lazear. Turn right onto 3100 Rd. and go about 3.4 miles to North Rd. (You will see Ela Family Farms off to the left about 1 mile from the turn onto 3100 Rd.) Take a left onto North Rd. About 5.1 miles on the right is Jack Rabbit Hill.
5:00 pm – Saturday
Ela Family Farms Orchard Dinner with Chef Dava Parr
30753 L. Rd. Hotchkiss, CO 81419 (970) 872-3488
From Jack Rabbit Hill, go back out east on North Rd for about 5 miles. Turn right onto 3100 Rd. (2.3 miles) and take a right onto L. Rd. Ela Family Farms is the first driveway on the right on L. Rd.
10:00 am – Sunday
Ela Family Farms’Orchard Tour & Picnic lunch
30753 L Rd, Hotchkiss, CO 81419, (970) 872-3488 or (970) 270-0246
The popular piano four-hands concert returns to the Blue Sage Classical Music Series in a special seated dinner event. In addition to the virtuosic and entertaining performance by pianists Adam Cohen and Susan Ellinger, you will enjoy a “taste of Paonia” menu, featuring 3 courses, a stunning atmosphere with banquet style seating, local wines as well as a special encore program that won’t be heard on Saturday night.
Seating is limited to 50 individuals.
Dinner at 6pm; concert at 7:30pm
Reservations must be made by April 20.
About the Meal
Your 3-course meal at this event will be provided by Chef Dava Parr of Fresh & Wyld, Chef Kelly Steinmetz of the Flying Fork Cafe, and Ellen Hutto of Blissful Baking. Alfred Eames Cellars and Stone Cottage Cellars will be featured.
Gluten Free and Vegetarian options are available. Unfortunately because of the size of the event, the Blue Sage is unable to accommodate vegan diets.
The Blue Sage Center for the Arts’ Classical Music Series presents Emmy-nominated pianist and composer, Adam Cohen, alongside Blue Sage Artistic Director of Classical Programming, Susan Ellinger, in an encore performance of last season’s popular piano four-hands concert. The program includes music by Ravel, Mozart, Stravinsky and Gershwin in a vibrant, humorous and unfathomably virtuosic evening of music arranged for piano and four-hands.
The performances will be held at the Blue Sage’s Curtis Hall, located at 226-228 Grand Ave., Paonia on Friday, May 1 at 6:00pm. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased:
All seating is reserved.
The duo will perform excerpts from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Gershwin’s marvelous Rhapsody in Blue, always a perennial favorite. “Playing four-hands is a different type of challenge,” says Ellinger, “in addition to mastering the mechanics of the notes, you also have to account for another player’s arms and body in your space. There’s no other experience like it for a pianist, it’s quite a blast!” This is why Ellinger considers the piano four-hands setting “the most intimate form of chamber music.”
Joining the local Susan Ellinger at the keyboard is Adam Cohen, a pianist and composer with degrees from Oberlin College and The Julliard School. As an Emmy-nominated composer, Adam has worked extensively on film, television, theatrical, commercial and interactive projects. He has composed and orchestrated film scores for Pixar, Disney, Fox, Nickelodeon, New Line and NBC. Adam has received two Emmy nominations, one for Outstanding Score for the Television Series “Psych” and one for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz”. Adam currently lives in Los Angeles where he and his three boys love to build massive Lego projects.
The Living Farm Café continues its Winemakers Dinner Series by featuring Mesa Winds Farm & Winery wines.
Make a reservation to enjoy a 4 course dinner by calling 970-527-3779. Cost is $49.
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The Living Farm Café Winemaker Dinner Series continues featuring Black Bridge Winery, Jan 13, 6pm.
$50 per person
Seating limited to 20 people
Make your reservations now!
The Living Farm Café Winemaker Dinner Series continues featuring Black Bridge Winery, Dec 9, 6pm.
$50 per person
Seating limited to 20 people
Make your reservations now!
Join Eames and Pam Petersen at the winery on Dec 6 & 7 Noon to 5PM for their Annual Holiday Season Barrel Tasting. They’ll taste the 2013 and 2014 wine from the barrel as well as all their current bottled vintages.
The madrigal group will be singing in the cellar and Tom and Karen will sing upstairs. Pam will serve delicious hors d’oeuvres and offer holiday gift baskets.
Akuna Matada will be there too with samples and sales of alpaca meat. Come and share the Holiday spirit with Alfred Eames Cellars.
Savor the American Provence by spending a weekend experiencing the artisanal treasures of the North Fork Valley at the Blue Sage’s 2nd Annual Grand Vin Tasting and Auction. 9 different wineries and 1 cidery will congregate in the Blue Sage’s historic Curtis Hall to present you with finely crafted wines and hard ciders to taste. After the tasting, participate in a live auction where you can purchase the wines you tasted, and a few bottles from the wineries’ libraries. What a perfect opportunity to stock up on wine for the holidays! After the event, make a reservation at a local restaurant to round out the afternoon with local cuisine.
Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. You must be 21 and older to attend this event. Tickets are non-refundable and admission is limited to 70 people.
In Person: 226 Grand Ave., Paonia
Phone: (970) 527-7243
Participating Wineries: 5680′ Vineyards, Alfred Eames Cellars, Azura Cellars, Black Bridge Winery, Leroux Creek Vineyards, Mesa Winds Farm & Winery, Delicious Orchards, Peony Lane, Stone Cottage Cellars and Terror Creek Winery.
As another grape and fruit harvest season comes to an end in the North Fork Valley, we invite you to share in the fruits of our labor with our annual end-of-harvest Celebrate event on Saturday, November 1st from 11am - 5 pm. Take in all the sights, sounds and smells of the winemaking season and enjoy the autumnal scenery in the vineyards and farms. This weekend is also the 3rd Annual Hard Apple Cider Fest at Delicious Orchards. Lots of things to do, see, taste and experience!