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Wine trail event coming to Paonia

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PAONIA – The West Elks Viticultural Area is hosting a tour of the wineries, vineyards, orchards and gardens surrounding the North Fork of the Gunnison River near Paonia and Hotchkiss Aug. 6-8.Wineries participating are Alfred Eames Cellars, Azura Winery and Gallery, Black Bridge Winery, Delicious Orchards, Leroux Creek Winery, Liliputian Winery, S. Rhodes Vineyards, Stone Cottage Cellars and Terror Creek Winery.To start the tour, stop by any of the participating wineries to pick up a trail map. Each winery will feature local food and wine pairings. A free wine glass will be given to those who travel along the wine trail and collect recipes from at least five wineries.There are several events and dinners associated with the West Elks Wine Trail Event. For more information contact the participating wineries.Aug. 5Kick off the weekend with a free concert in Paonia’s town park. Wine Trail Maps will be available at the concert. Go to http://www.pickinproductions.com for more information.Aug. 6• Alfred Eames Cellars, “Winemakers dinner,” 6:30 p.m., $60 per person, 970-527-3269, http://www.AlfredEamesCellars.com.• Black Bridge Winery, “Winemakers dinner,” Enjoy a casual dining event in the vineyard, celebrating the best wine, fruit and vegetables from the farm. 6 p.m., $50 per person, 970-527-6838, http://www.blackbridgewinery.comAug. 7• Azura Winery & Gallery, “Tapas at twilight,” A romantic evening, savoring the beautiful sunset over the West Elk mountains and North Fork Valley. 7-9 p.m., $50 per person, 970-390-4251 or email azurapaonia@aol.com, http://www.azuracellars.com• Leroux Creek Vineyards, “Dine in the vines,” Enjoy a five course dinner with a French flair set in the ambiance of the vineyard. The cuisine will be prepared with wine, using only local food of the North Fork Valley. $65 per person, 6:30 p.m., 970-872-4746, http://www.lerouxcreekinn.com• Stone Cottage Cellars, “Wood fired antipasti rustico with barrel wine,” $50 per person, 6:30 p.m., 970-527-3444, http://www.stonecottagecellars.comAug. 8• Delicious Orchards, “North Fork Sunday brunch,” $18 per person / $10 for kids under 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 970-527-1110, http://www.freshapplecider.comWineries:• Alfred Eames Cellars, 970-527-3269, http://www.alfredeamescellars.com• Azura Winery & Gallery, 970-390-4251, http://www.azuracellars.com• Black Bridge Winery, 970-527-6838, http://www.blackbridgewinery.com• Delicious Orchards/North Fork Cellars, 970-527-1110, http://www.freshapplecider.com• Liliputian Winery, 970-872-3019, http://www.liliputianwinery.com• Leroux Creek Vineyards, 970-872-4746, http://www.lerouxcreekinn.com• S. Rhodes Vineyards, 970-275-5969• Stone Cottage Cellars, 970-527-3444, http://www.stonecottagecellars.com • Terror Creek Winery, 970-527-3484, http://www.terrorcreekwinery.comAccommodations:• Bross Hotel – 970-527-6776• Fresh & Wyld – 970-527-4374• Lamborn B&B – 970-527-8911• Simpler Time – 970-527-4999• redwood Arms – 970-527-4148• Rocky Mountain Inn – 970-527-3070For more information visit http://www.paoniachamber.com, http://www.facebook.com/WestElksAVA or call 970-527-3886