Welcome, and welcome back, to this year’s musicians!
First up at our main stage is Max Wagner, an acclaimed jazz musician who has performed across the country. He’s recently released a new album, “Gratitude,” which he describes as a “labor of love.” While contributing to over seventy albums, this is his third CD as the leader. Gratitude features Eric Gunnison and Jeff Jenkins at the piano, Ken Walker playing bass, and Todd Reid on the drums, and houses a collection of originals, ballads, and updated classics.
New this year, we’ll have another stage running simultaneously! The smaller stage will be located near the entrance, so our guests can hear some music throughout the venue. Please join us in welcoming Cari Dell, the lead guitarist for the Cari Dell Trio. Cari learned to play the guitar in Austin, TX, and she currently lives in Colorado. Cari plays regularly in the Woodland Park and Colorado Springs area, both as a solo artist and with the band, and her music has been recognized across the globe.
Later in the day, welcome back to Tony Exum Jr.! Tony has been a great supporter of Habitat for Humanity of Teller County for the past several years, and we’re happy to host him again. Tony’s smooth, original, and precise jazz will be sure to blend beautifully with some delicious Colorado wines and the great scenery of Woodland Park.
So as you’re enjoying wine, food, and shopping this year, make sure to take the time to listen to our fabulous musicians!
We are so excited to host some of our favorite wineries again in Woodland Park! Our host winery, Aspen Peak Cellars, owned by Marcel and Julie Flukiger, has been producing wines in Colorado since 2009, using some of the most consistent wine grapes in the country.
In September, a runaway semi truck destroyed the Aspen Peak Cellars winery. Luckily, it was early in the morning and no one was in the building! With the help of our supportive Colorado community, plans to rebuild and start over are in the works, and we’re all hoping they’ll be back up and running soon. In the meantime, Marcel and Julie are still selling their inventory at select liquor stores, wine clubs, special events, and Vino and Notes. Make sure to get a bottle while they’re available!
In the winter, keep an eye out for their Snowshoe and Fondue events located just outside of beautiful Bailey, CO.
Another great winery we’re happy to host again is Maison La Belle Vie (French for “House of Beautiful Life”). The owner, John Barbier, grew up in the Loire Valley of France, where his family has been making wine for 150 years. His 4.5 acre vineyard was planted in 2002, and produced its first vintages in 2006. The winery, located in Palisade, CO, offers tastings and great food and wine pairings! Their charcuterie board has a selection of sliced meats, cheeses, olives, fruit, chocolate, and more. Or, if you can’t make it out to Palisade, make sure to come to Vino and Notes for a sample!
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Vino and Notes in Woodland Park, Colorado. Here’s some more about how the event got started!