By Caitlin Switzer

OLATHE–If the crowds making their up the winding country roads near Olathe last Saturday were any indication, the word is out–Colorado’s wine industry has matured. And with its free wine tasting event on Nov. 29, Olathe’s Garrett Estates Cellars also proved the wisdom of the old adage–if you bottle it, and it’s great, they will definitely come and find you.

“We have been buying their wines at the Pour House in Montrose, and they let us know about this event,” said Roberta Lange of Montrose. “This Pinot Noir is very dry–it would be wonderful with a beef roast or a steak dinner!”

“We came for the Syrah,” a visitor named Sandy said. “We wanted Christmas gifts, and we are buying a case today and having it shipped.

“All of their wines are really good.”

Garrett Estates Marketing and Sales Director Mitch Garrett said that he does only about three such tasting events a year, mostly to let the public know one important fact.

“Colorado makes good wine,” Garrett said, “and Garrett Estates makes DRY wines–even our Riesling and our Gewurztraminer are dry.”

Garrett is also proud of his reds, including a superb Cabernet Franc and a Red Blend. The five-year-old winery will co-host a wine dinner at Camelot Gardens in Montrose on Dec. 12–but with 12 of the 24 available seats already sold, it’s turning out to be a hot ticket.

Don’t despair, however–“We’re starting a wine club,” Garrett said, “and we are trying to host an event at least one evening a month.”

To learn more call 901-5919. Garrett Estates Cellars is located at 53716 Falcon Road in Olathe. Reach them online at