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Weekend Wine Tastings in Denver

Wine time for Mother's Day (or any other day!)

Forget brunch and flowers, think outside the box this Mother’s Day. Think wine. Moms like wine. You like wine. Why not pair the two for a delicious experience you’ll both enjoy?

And any of these vineyards also make great warm weather outings year-round if you’re curious to taste and explore local Front Range wines.

Balistreri

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Balistreri Vineyards {1946 East 66th Avenue, Denver; 303.287.5156}

The Balistreri family emigrated from Sicily to the United States in the early 1900s continuing the Sicilian tradition of producing wine for family and friends. Today, the family has grown their backyard vineyard into a full-scale, award-winning winery and vineyard: Balistreri Vineyards. Not only do they provide tours and wine tastings, but lunch pairings as well. For Mother’s Day, they will be having special menu selections to celebrate the occasion. As for wines, you can’t go wrong with anything you sample. The Balistreri Vineyard’s wines are regularly recognized for excellence at various international and local competitions. Call ahead to make reservations for lunch and tours.

Creekside Cellars

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Creekside Cellars {28036 Highway 74, Evergreen; 303.674.5460}

Ok, so it’s not exactly Denver, but Creekside Cellars is a perfect spot for wine tasting and lunch for a Mother’s Day outing. The winery is in Evergreen so you can make your visit into more then just wine and lunch. Start the morning off with a light hike at Three Sisters Park or Evergreen Lake. Then do a little shopping after lunch in the historical downtown area. When you do visit Creekside Cellars try to grab a table on the outdoor deck to enjoy the view and sounds of Bear Creek.

Creekside Cellars is a family-friendly winery, aka kids are welcome! If you have kids in tow, a patio table is a must. The servers will provide pieces of bread for the kids to feed the ducks in the creek, allowing you a little quiet time for sipping wine. Make sure to sample the 2012 Petit Verdot and 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, which helped the winemaker, Michelle Cleveland, earn Creekside two awards at the 2015 Colorado Governor’s Cup. For lunch, try the Cheese Board, Pork Belly Wrapped Dates, and/or Prosciutto and Fig Sandwich—it’s a delicious experience!

Infinite Monkey Theorem

Infinite Monkey Theorem {3200 Larimer Street, Denver; 303.736.8376}

If you’re looking to stick closer to downtown Denver, then Infinite Monkey Theorem is the way to go. While Infinite Monkey Theorem doesn’t have its own vineyard—after all, it’s making wine in an old warehouse in downtown Denver—it does source its grapes from the Western Slope of Colorado. This is a great urban winery to visit to get a real feel for the quality of fruit grown and produced in Colorado.

Make sure to do a tour at Infinite Monkey Theorem, too. It’s unique in that the winery cans several types of wine. Yes, your mom may frown upon canned wine, but it’s all the rage. And, to be honest, it’s pretty darn good. If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat after the tasting, try a few places nearby such as Acorn or Comida at The Source, Snooze, or Vesta Dipping Grill.

Mile High Wine Tours {303.217.9933}

Want to make a day–or evening–out of wine tasting? Check out Mile High Wine Tours, which provides small group guided wine tours. It’s a great way to see and taste several of Denver’s urban wineries. The tour includes a luxury chauffeured ride in a Mercedes-Benz and a visit to at least three of Denver’s urban wineries.

Admission and tasting fees as well as small bites–cheese, crackers, bread, and fruit–to pair with the wine along the way are included. Be sure to check out the dinner wine tour for your Mother’s Day treat as it also includes dinner at one of Denver’s top restaurants. (At the time of this posting, the restaurant slated for the dinner tour is Panzano.)

By Elaine N. Schoch | Contributor

Elaine N. Schoch is a freelance travel and wine writer avid traveler. For more of her tips and sips follow her work on CarpeTravel.com and @elaineschoch on Twitter and Instagram.