Grand Vin Brings Local Wineries Under One Roof

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia is proud to announce that the 2nd Annual Grand Vin Wine Tasting & Auction will take place on Saturday, November 8 from 3-6:00pm at the Blue Sage Curtis Hall located at 226 Grand Ave in Paonia.  Modeled after the annual wine auction in Beaune, France for the benefit of the Hospices de Beaune, this event benefits the West Elks AVA and the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.  At the event guests will be presented with 30 different wines and 5 hard ciders to taste and then after the tasting be given the opportunity to purchase case lots of the wines and ciders at live auction.  Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, and can be purchased in person at the Blue Sage Gallery at 226 Grand Ave., online at, or over the phone by calling (970) 527-7243.  Admission is limited to 70 people.

A special addition to this year’s auction will be a lot of Steve Rhodes’ private library.  Steve Rhodes, who passed away last fall, was one of the pioneer winemakers in the North Fork Valley and the owner of S. Rhodes Vineyards.  The proceeds from this lot will benefit his family.  “The winemakers of this valley are incredibly supportive of local non-profits and consistently donate wine for fundraising events.” says Blue Sage Executive Director, Annette Pretorius, “It feels really good to be given an opportunity like this to give back to that community and support the Rhodes family.”

The participating wineries are: 5680’ Vineyards, Alfred Eames Cellars, Azura Cellars & Gallery, Black Bridge Winery, Leroux Creek Vineyards, Mesa Winds Winery, Peony Lane, Stone Cottage Cellars and Terror Creek Winery.  The wineries will be joined by North Fork Cellars which will be serving its variety of hard ciders.  All guests to the event will receive a free souvenir glass engraved with the date and name of the event.

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization located in Paonia, CO providing education and expression in the arts and humanities in order to engage and enrich the North Fork community.  Founded in 1996 the Blue Sage serves about 10,000 residents of the North Fork Valley annually through classes, events, gallery exhibits, venue rentals and arts outreach into local schools.

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