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fruit wines. Mary Carlson notes that “quite a number of wineries import grapes for bottling here” but all Carlson Vineyard wines, she adds with pride, are “100 per cent Colorado grown.” Several of their wines have funky names; the Carlsons are noted for their sense of humor that appears on the labels: Tyrannosaurus Red (from Lemberger grapes); Prairie Dog Red, a light, easy-drinking red wine, and Pearadactyl, a slightly sweet, pear and apple blend. They take their winemaking seriously, however. For instance, their Merlot won a silver medal in the Eastern International Wine Competition. Fruit wines account for half this winery’s sales and the Carlsons call their Cherry wine, “Cherry pie without the crust.” One taste and you’ll understand why. Location: 461 35 Road, Palisade, CO 81526 Phone: 970-4645554 E m a i l : Web Site: Directions: East Orchard Mesa: Hwy 6 east from Palisade, turn south on 38 Road, follow yellow centerline 5.5 miles Hours: 10-6, daily Rocky Mountain Meadery is a family business according to Fred Strothman. Fred, a retired federal administrative law judge, his wife and son founded the meadery five years ago, “from ground zero” he notes. Mead is a wine made by fermenting a solution of honey with the addition of spices. Drinking mead appears in a couple of Shakespeare’s plays and dates back 10,000 years to when the ancients Greeks discovered the process. The Strothmans have two distinct operations: the making of mead to which they frequently add peaches, cherries and apricots that grow in the beautiful fruit-growing valley, and wine making. They produce Merlot, Merlot Reserve, Chardonnay, and Chardonnay Reserve as well as Blueberry, Pear and Apple Wine under the label “Colorado Wine Country.” All products are available at the large tasting room and gift shop. They also produce a Carbonated Hard Cider. The Strothmans most recent enterprise is St. Kathryn’s Cellars, an awardwinning winery. St. Kathryn’s is also open daily 10 am – 5 pm. I-70 exit 42, Palisade. 877-464-4888. Location: 3701 G Road, Palisade, CO 81526 Phone: 800-720-2558 Email: Web Site: Directions: I-70 exit 42, south to Hwy 6 (third stop sign), west 1/4 mile, on left. Plum Creek Cellars, owned by Sue and Doug Phillips is also located in this lush area. Jenne Baldwin, Plum Creek’s winemaker, credits the soil and sun for creating award-winning wines: in twelve years the wines have won more than 250 national and international awards. The winery itself is a romantic spot with landscaped grounds covered with lavender, aspen, evergreens, and roses, and the tasting room is filled with fine art and antiques. You can enjoy a picnic lunch outside too. Specialties here are Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Riesling; limited cuvees of Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Riesling Ice Wine are available. Look for the metal sculpture, “Chardonnay Chicken,” at the entrance of the winery. Location: 3708 G Road, Palisade, CO 81526 Phone: 970-464-7586 Email: Directions: From I-70, south at exit 42 - Palisade 1 mile, then west 1/2 mile. Hours: April-Nov, 9:30-6, daily; Dec-March, 10-5. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day A second career was in order for Canyon Wine Cellars owner Norman Christianson after he discovered that he didn’t like retirement. Christianson, who planted his first wines in 1991, was thrilled at the time of the first pressing in 1996. In 1999, he saw the largest crop of grapes harvested. Currently, Canyon Wine Cellars produces Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The tasting room is on the banks of the Colorado River. Location: 3907 North River Road, Palisade, CO 81526 Phone: 970.464.0888 Web Site: www.canyonwindcellars. com Directions: 1 mile east of Palisade on north side of river. From westbound I70: take exit 44, turn right immediately onto North River Rd, follow sign. Hours: 10-5 Daily Grande River Vineyards boasts 60 producing acres of grapes and bottles of Chardonnay, Merlot, Red and White Meritage and Syrah and Viognier wine. They sell their wine in Connecticut, Wyoming and Texas. Be sure to call

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Colorado Vintners
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Like their counterparts in California and France, the Colorado vineyards and their owners welcome visitors and hold tastings and tours. Here are some of the best. Colorado Cellars Winery has the distinction of being the oldest winery in the state, since 1978. Originally founded as Colorado Mountain Vineyards and Rocky Mountain Vineyards, when Richard and Padte Turley “bought out the middleman” to make this the largest winery in the state as well. The Turleys produce White Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Lemberger, White Riesling, Orange Muscat, Pinot Gris,

Winemaker. Photo by: Dan Coffey
Syrah and Gewurztraminer. They also produce a large variety of winebased food items. The Turley’s note that “Palisade is a federally approved viticultural area.” (viticulture is the science, art or process of cultivating grapevines). Location: 3553 E Road, Palisade, CO 81526 Phone: 800-848-2812 Directions: I-70 Exit 37, Hwy 141 south to C 1/2 Rd, east 5.6 miles Hours: Summer: Mon-Fri 9-5 and Sat 10-5; Winter: Mon-Fri 9-4 and Sat 11-4 Vintners in Colorado arrive at their specialty in a variety of ways. Parker and Mary Carlson, owners of Carlson Vineyards in Palisade, began home winemaking in Denver and bought their current site in Palisade in 1981. By 1982 they planted two acres of White Riesling grapes and in 1987, they planted their Lemberger grape vineyards, increasing production every year. Currently their vineyards produce 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of wine with 15 varieties of grape and

about jazz concerts held at this winery. Location: 787 Elberta Ave, Palisade, CO 81526 Phone: 1-800-CO-GROWN Email: Web Site: www.granderiverwines. com Directions: Located right off I-70 at exit 42, driveway is under big sign. From Hwy 6, 1 mile north on Elberta Ave. Hours: Spring, Summer and Fall: 96; Winter: 9-5 Two Rivers Winery offers Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Riesling at their beautiful country French setting. Located in the Redlands, with views of Colorado National Monument, Two Rivers Winery is just five minutes from downtown Grand Junction. Location: 2087 Broadway, Grand Junction, CO 81503 Phone: 970-255-1471 Email: Web Site: www.tworiverswinery. com Directions: From I-70: west to 24 Road exit, 24 Road (Redlands Pkway), south (left) to Broadway (Hwy 340). Turn right (west) on Broadway (Hwy 34)), 2 1/4 miles. Vineyards & winery on south (left) of Broadway. Hours: 10:30-6 Mon-Sat; noon-5, Sun Other vineyards and tasting rooms beckon in several other areas of Colorado. Trail Ridge Winery is the only Loveland vineyard and has been producing fine wines on the Front Range since 1994. They bottle Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lemberger and a Cherry Wine that owner Tim Merrick notes is not just a dessert wine, but a definite enhancement to a fine dinner. Location: 4113 West Eisenhower Blvd (Hwy 34) Loveland, CO 80537 Phone: 970-635-0949 Email: Web Site: www.TrailRidgeWinery. com Directions: I-25 exit 257 B, 7 miles west on Hwy 34. Hours: Summer daily 10-5:30; Fall daily 10-5; Spring Wed-Sun 10-5:30; Winter by appointment Colorado vineyards are welcoming and full of information. Wine country is a not-so-secret secret in a number of locations throughout the state, and families are welcome. This summer, take a weekend and visit Colorado’s magnificent wine country, tour the wineries and sample the wines. The complimentary tours and tastings are friendly and informative and we welcome the entire family. Also, look for Colorado wines in better restaurants or at your neighborhood wine and liquor stores. -- Rachel Pollack

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and pick up a guy. But when you draft somebody, you just want to make sure those guys play and last for five years. If you do that, then it helps you on the salary cap, regardless of your needs.” Here’s a quick preview of the top rookies might be donning Bronco blue this fall: Steven Jackson – RB – Oregon State (1st Round) 6’2”; 231 lbs. Jackson is a big, powerful, downhill slasher who wears down opponents. It’s no secret that Shanahan will be going after a back. If he wants to get it over with early, Jackson would be a great choice. Justin Smiley – OG – Alabama (2nd Round) 6’3”; 302 lbs. Smiley is an extremely efficient run blocker, but must get bigger and improve lower-body strength. He’s extremely quick, gets in great position, and seems to have a natural instinct for the position. Dwan Edwards – DT – Oregon State (2nd Round) 6’3”; 319 lbs. Edwards has great lower body strength, anchored by thick legs and a solid base. Big offensive linemen will have success engulfing him, but he gets into position quickly and generally plays with great leverage. A solid lineman and safe pick in the second round. Ernest Wilford – WR – Virginia Tech (3rd Round)

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Broncos remain focused amidst swirling draft
by Scott Fuller
In what is almost assuredly one of the most important rookie drafts the organization has seen in years, the Denver Broncos have found themselves struggling to keep their eye on the prize as a myriad of activity around the league has shaken the mentalities of almost every NFL team as they prepare for the 2004 draft this weekend in New York. The court ruling Monday that takes USC receiver Mike Williams and Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett out of the draft impacts each of the teams with a first round pick because Williams would have been taken late in that round, though Clarett may have been a later pick. All the while, the Denver Broncos remain focused on their goals for the year. With 10 total picks to be used this weekend, Denver head coach Mike Shanahan realizes the importance of being focused. “The one thing I think about the draft is, you want guys who are going to play long term,” Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said last month. “{You can always go through free agency 6’3”; 226 lb. Wilford improved drastically during his senior season for the Hokies. He’s still not the fastest guy on the field, but he’ll create separation against even the largest of NFL corners, and he’s been continually working on his hands and footwork since the end of last season.

The Legend of Silverheels
by Pam North Seven miles from Fairplay there once existed, for the brief period between 1861 to 1864, a small mining town called Buckskin Joe. Before its demise it was the Park County seat, boasting a modest courthouse, a theater, saloons, dance halls, parlor houses, two banks and an assortment of miscellaneous other businesses. It was also here, as one legend would have it, that a woman who came to be called Silverheels got her start. She arrived in Buckskin Joe and became either a dance hall girl or a prostitute. She was beautiful, good-

ably is a mixture of truth and fantasy. There is some corroboration for it in an account by a man who once lived in the camp. His version provides a different twist, and gives her the identity of Josie Dillon, who arrived by stagecoach in a small unnamed town with an ore mill, somewhere in the Alma/Fairplay/Buckskin Joe vicinity; it may have been Dudley, since a mill existed there. She seemed somewhat dazed, then fainted and was taken to the home of some residents to recover. She began helping them in their household, and quietly became a part of the commu-

Carmello beaten out for NBA Rookie of the Year by LeBron James

Olajuwon edge out the best player in It was a debate which raged beyond the history of the sport for the award, the physical boundaries of this last winning over Michael Jordan after the NBA regular season, eventually tranBulls posted a sub-par 38-44 record in scending itself into repeated and someMJ’s first year. times heated discussions The NBA was around water coolers at equally changed in every office in the coun1979 when the arrivtry with a miniature al of two future Hall basketball hoop tacked of Fame forwards above a trash can. officially began The seemingly eterdynasties in Boston nal question was finally and Los Angeles, as answered Tuesday when Larry Bird and Magic 18-year-old Cleveland Johnson contributed Cavaliers guard LeBron to 60-win seasons James beat out close for the Celtics and friend and Denver the Lakers, after the Nuggets standout teams had combined Carmelo Anthony for to post a combined the 2003-04 NBA Rookie record of 76-88 the of the Year award, after season before, with receiving 78 of a possiMagic eventually ble 118 first-place votes. taking the honors. Anthony received the The fifty-fourth other available 40 votes and most recent cast by national media,Carmelo Anthony Rookie of the Year Award and ‘Melo’s efforts, might also be among the most widely which helped greatly to lift Denver to contested. James averaged 20.9 points, its first playoff birth in nine seasons, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists this season, was not lost on the award’s recipient. joining Oscar Robertson and Jordan “I really felt like it was going to be a as the only NBA rookies to average close race,” James said during a news at least 20-5-5. The Cavaliers, though, conference at Gund Arena following ended their season with a relatively the announcement. “He had a phedismal mark of 35-47, while Anthony nomenal season also.” led a Denver team which finished 17Indeed, this season’s wire-to-wire 65 last season to a dramatic 43-39 turncampaign to win the award produced around and a first-round playoff birth the most captivating and arguably best against Minnesota. efforts in the history of the league. Regardless, there is something Rarely as we look back at recognition’s to be said for the impact James had past winners has the sport seen a duo on the misguided Cavs this season, with such amazing talent and athletisentiments echoed most recently at cism make a case for their candidacy James’ acceptance party Tuesday in in their first season, and never at such a young age. Cleveland. In 1992 first-year Orlando Magic “He put us on his back,” teammate center Shaquille O’Neal beat out Carlos Boozer said of James’ season Charlotte big man Alonzo Mourning and the impact he’s had on the franfor that season’s Rookie of the Year chise. “At the beginning, people were after both players averaged more than almost hoping he’d fail. He didn’t. Not 21 points and 10 rebounds per game. only that, he did everything with a 1984 saw Houston center Hakeem smile.” —Scott Fuller

Rising 13,822 feet in elevation on the Colorado horizon nine miles north of Fairplay is Mt. Silverheels, a peak named for a woman who possibly was a prostitute in the state’s early mining days.
natured, and a graceful dancer who wore sparkling silver slippers, which earned her unusual nickname. She was very popular with the men of the mining camp. One of the miners captured her fancy, and when he proposed, she accepted. Fate intervened, however, and thwarted the wedding plans of the star-crossed couple. Smallpox struck Buckskin Joe, closing the town down and causing many of its residents to flee to Fairplay to escape exposure. Unfortunately, Silverheels’ lover contracted the disease, and he soon succumbed to it, despite her earnest efforts to nurse him through the epidemic. Heartbroken, she nevertheless remained in Buckskin Joe, tending the stricken miners and their family members. She cooked for them, cleaned their houses, washed their clothes and did all she could to encourage and ensure their survival, and in that process she earned their respect and gratitude. When the epidemic had run its course, the townsfolk tried to express their appreciation by collecting some money to give her, but she was nowhere to be found; she had left without a word to anyone. A woman, dressed in black and heavily veiled, was seen many years later visiting the local cemetery, and many believed it was Silverheels, returning to visit her lover’s grave. That is how the legend goes, and like many mountain tales it probnity. Whatever had happened to her before her life in Buckskin Joe was never divulged. When news of the great Chicago fire (October 8, 1871) reached the Colorado town, the community was one of many throughout the nation to aspire to raise relief funds for those left homeless by the devastating blaze. An entertainment program was planned to solicit donations for the cause, and Josie Dillon volunteered her talents, which proved to be considerable, to the event. She apparently had studied for the stage at one time, and she amazed everyone with her singing and dancing, all performed while wearing wondrous, glittering silver shoes with golden toes. Her outstanding talent pleased her audience with such success that $1,750 was raised in the town that evening, a sum larger than the total raised from all the surrounding mining camps. Smallpox was a part of this story as well, brought when two Mexican sheepherders came down with the disease while passing through town. Josie personally paid doctors and nurses to come and tend the sick, and she herself pitched in tirelessly to help through the epidemic. Despite her efforts to be discreet about her efforts, the people soon realized her role in helping their town recover, and they were very grateful. Eventually Josie married Jack see SILVERHEELS on page 18