Win a pair of tickets to Wine Fest featuring over 500 wines!

It’s time for another great give away, and I know many of you will be very excited about this one because my citizens love beer and wine. Here is your chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the largest wine events in Colorado.

This is the 30th Anniversary of Wine Fest in Fort Collins, a wine tasting to benefit  Disabled Resource Services. DRS provides support for those living with disabilities in Larimer and Jackson counties. As one of the ten centers for independents in the state of Colorado, DRS provides resources to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum level of independence through advocacy, awareness and access to the community.

Wine Fest features 500 different wines paired with food from Fort Collins’ restaurants. The evening also includes prizes, music, entertainment and a silent auction that raised $12,000 last year. For those who prefer beer, that delicious beverage will be available as well.

This year’s Wine Fest is being held at the Hilton  located at 425 W. Prospect Road in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The event is scheduled for Friday, March 23 with general admission at 7 p.m.

Tickets to this amazing wine event are $75 each, but here’s your opportunity to win a pair of free tickets from Wine Fest and  Just leave a comment here telling me your favorite wine country. Are you a fan of wines from Australia? France? Chile?  Leave a response and be entered to win.

A winner will be chosen at random this Friday evening, March  16th.

Check out Wine Fest online at and check out their tasting tips.

Bon Chance!

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Website Comments

  1. Cathy M Smith

    White wine, sweeter the better, mostly like ones from USA, Californian vineyards….

  2. Teresa K

    Wines from here in the good ole U. S. are my favorite; from the well established and celebrated Napa Valley wines to those surprisingly good small batch regionals from Colorado, New York and even Arizona.

  3. Shannon Lawrence

    I’m a fan of made-in-the-USA wines, having lived near Napa and Temecula both, though I’ve had some great wines from the central valley too…

  4. Brian

    I like the wine that my girlfriend and I made in Old Town! Custom bottles and all! It really got us into drinking wines.

  5. Michael Clingan

    Anything from Joseph Phelps or Chateau Potelle in California. We also love Sardinian wines.

  6. Dan Monce

    My favorite wine country is the good ole US of A! Specifically I enjoy the wine from the Blackhills of South Dakota.

  7. Julia McReynolds

    My favorite wine is a Vouvray from France. Other than that….I like USA wines.

  8. Melissa Grogan

    Oohh… It’s a tie for me either Australia (any kind from them)or Oregon’s Pinot Noirs.. .love ’em, love ’em!

  9. Doug Usher

    Mendoza, Argentina has been cranking out some of my favorites for years now. Hard to beat the exceptional value. I also love Paso wines, they love to experiment and make some delicious, high alcohol stuff. And of course, it’s hard to beat St. Emillion, my personal favorite Bordeaux region. One of the most beautiful wine towns I’ve ever visited.

  10. Suz

    I enjoy tasting wine from all over the world, but I loved spending the day in the Temecula Valley sampling their wares when I lived near there.

    And as always, dear Mayor, PICK ME PICK ME!

  11. Joan Eurich

    I tend to fall for Italian wines and a few German ones as well. However, my true love is beer and why I am proud to call Fort Collins my home! Yay, for the Beer Betty’s at the Mayor. Heartfelt thanks for that awesome opportunity.

  12. Sean Nook

    German wine…… Primarily produced in the west of Germany, along the river Rhine and its tributaries, with the oldest plantations going back to the Roman era. Approximately 60 percent of the German wine production is situated in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, where 6 of the 13 regions (Anbaugebiete) for quality wine are situated. Germany has about 102,000 hectares (252,000 acres or 1,020 square kilometers) of vineyard, which is around one tenth of the vineyard surface in Spain, France or Italy. The total wine production is usually around 9 million hectoliters annually, corresponding to 1.2 billion bottles, which places Germany as the eighth largest wine-producing country in the world.[1]White wine accounts for almost two thirds of the total production.

    As a wine country, Germany has a mixed reputation internationally, with some consumers on the export markets associating Germany with the world’s most elegant and aromatically pure white wines while other see the country mainly as the source of cheap, mass-market semi-sweet wines such as Liebfraumilch. Among enthusiasts, Germany’s reputation is primarily based on wines made from the Riesling grape variety, which at its best is used for aromatic, fruity and elegant white wines that range from very crisp and dry to well-balanced, sweet and of enormous aromatic concentration. While primarily a white wine country, red wine production surged in the 1990s and early 2000s, primarily fuelled by domestic demand, and the proportion of the German vineyards devoted to the cultivation of dark-skinned grape varieties has now stabilized at slightly more than a third of the total surface. For the red wines, Spätburgunder, the domestic name for Pinot Noir, is in the lead.

  13. Nathan Morimitsu

    I for one am a fan of Australia as a region. The harsh conditions make for some outstandingly huge reds, and when it comes to red wine, the bigger the better!

  14. Melinda

    I’m a fan of the Columbia Valley wines. Particularly a small family-operated Baer Winery.

  15. Tracy O'Connell

    I’m sorry but I have to say the best wine ever is from Colorado!!! Colorado Road Kill Red!!!! LOVE IT!

  16. Alex

    Def a fan of all Australian wines, but there are several Italian & California wines on my faves list too! However, my last-minute purchases are simply of the most clever and humorous labels and that’s almost always served me well! 🙂

  17. Mark

    1. Mendoza Region, Argentina
    2. Front Range, Colorado
    3. Finger Lakes Region, New York

  18. June Macon

    My favorite wine Country is Spain. Hands down. I studied abroad in Valladolid, Spain back in 2007 and was introduced to all the glory of Spanish wine. My host family had a winery in the countryside. It brings families together in Spain. It’s tradition.

  19. Jessica

    If I had to pick any place in the US, and specifically California, I would have to choose either central California (Paso Robles Area) or Santa Ynez/Solvang area. While I am a huge fan of Sonoma and Headlesburg, some of the best smaller wineries that we’ve been to have been outside of the “wine country” area around Sonoma and Napa. Some of my favorites from these smaller regions are often Red Zins or Pinot Noirs.

    If I have to pick outside of the US, definitely wines from the Rioja region of Spain, or Argentina. Between the Malbecs of Argentina and some of the Tempranillos of Rioja…they go great with so many different types of foods. Sadly, I haven’t been to Argentina or Spain to try them out in person 🙁

  20. Jamie

    Hmm, that’s a hard one, but I’m really loving Spanish wines lately. The Garnacha from Las Rocas is amazing and budget-friendly!

  21. BJ

    This fundraising event is important to me as my son is disabled with MS and it would be a great opportunity to attend and win tickets. We are natives of Fort Collins.

    One of my favorite wine producers is the Talley vineyards outside of San Luis Obispo in California. Several years ago my parents and I ended our drive at their vineyards when we lost our way on the country road looking for another winery. They offered an excellent tasting room and some of their wine had been served at a Washington D.C. White House dinner!

    The company also holds fundraisers for athletes in memory of a family member and for grants for farmworkers.

    Established in December 2004 by Brian and Johnine Talley, The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers provides grants to organizations that assist these important agricultural workers throughout San Luis Obispo County. With the community’s help, the Fund’s initial goal of $100,000 was raised by the end of 2005 and the first grants were awarded in the spring of 2006. The goal of The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers is to raise $100,000 every year and to award grants to organizations each spring, just as we continued to do in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

    One of the major fundraising efforts for The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers is the annual release of Mano Tinta wines. Mano Tinta (“Red Hand” in Spanish) was chosen to signify the pride and commitment of farm workers. All of the grapes, materials and services used to make Mano Tinta wines are donated and 100% of the sales of Mano Tinta wines benefit The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers.

    Marianne Talley died suddenly on May 18, 1993, from complications associated with heart arrhythmia. Many of Marianne’s teammates volunteer their time for the Memorial Fun Run and are dedicated to keeping Marianne’s ideals alive.

    The Marianne Talley Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1993 to fund scholarships for college-bound athletes from Arroyo Grande High School. The Fun Run was established as an annual fundraising event in 1994. The run is dedicated to honoring Marianne’s memory and her commitment to health, fitness and exercise.

  22. Drew Giffin

    My favorite is a Pinot Noir from CA, but with the weather, a Sauv Blanc on the patio with my wife is a beautiful thing!

  23. Geoff

    As I have only just dove in to the world of wine in the last year or so, I can say that Argentina puts out the flavors I am intrigued by most. I love some of the wines right out of Colorado though, an absolute dream, and my personal favorite, is something called “This and That”, out of the Greeley area no less.

  24. Kristin

    Sonoma…the beauty and great taste of California wine. Also, the Colorado Western Slope is a fun visit, specifically Carlson Wineries.

  25. Renee Blanchard

    Wine from the Beaune area in France. I have happy memories of wandering through the actual vineyards on a warm summer day on my honeymoon, taking pictures of the almost-ripe grapes on the vines.

  26. Libby

    Barossa valley in South Australia! Kangaroos and Jacobs Creek, all time favorite combination!

  27. Dee Bundy

    I’m a recent convert to white wines do I’d have to say California is my fave wine country as the Chardonnay seems the least mineral/sharp and is more enjoyable as I learn to brave the lighter varieties.

  28. The Mayor

    Thanks to everyone who entered this contest! The winner was Julia M. an she has been contacted via email. For those of you new to HeidiTown contests, I choose the winner using

    I’m sorry it took me awhile to notify everyone. We lost our cat for 4 days and that kept us busy looking for him and being quite sad about it. Thankfully, last night we found him! So that’s my excuse for not getting around to letting folks know who the winner was.

    Anyway, please note that I am working with Fort Collins Wine Fest to offer my readers this special offer… if you buy through this link,, you will receive:

    1. Two free raffle tickets for the Grand Wine Fest Prize, a handmade wooden wine rack with a gift certificate to fill it with wine.

    2. A wine sample exclusive to our blog partner fans. Visit the Synergy Fine Wines table and show this badge, either printed or on your smart phone, to Mark Eppel, the Synergy wine expert, to receive your sample of Scott Base Pinot Noir, 2009, Central Otago, New Zealand, from the Allan Scott Family Winery.

    PLEASE NOTE: I will be blogging about this in depth this Wednesday as well. Thank you! And I hope to see you at Wine Fest on Friday. Who doesn’t love drinking for a good cause!!!

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