Grape Expectations

Is there anything better than having everything you love under one tent? This last weekend for the 11th annual Durango Wine Experience, lovers of food and wine (and beer and cocktails) were able to surround themselves with more than 350 wineries, breweries and vendors under the big top for Saturday's Grand Tasting. And after the previous day's Walk-About, where participants moseyed from one downtown businesses to the next, staying in one place was a welcome change. For 31⁄2 hours, tent dwellers swirled, sniffed, studied and – of course – sipped hundreds of different wines while cleansing their palates with delicious vittles from local restaurants. There were even board games to offer a pleasant distraction and a photo booth to cap 


ines of wine bottles, tables and people fill the tent at the Wine Experience's Grand Tasting on Saturday afternoon.

A cheery Jen Painter and Boden Abbott enjoy a little day drinking.
The token taster apparatus.
Although stormclouds gathered outside the tent, inside the mood was light. And dry.
Desserts to help complement the wine – and soak it up.