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Barrel Into Spring!

Barrel into Spring 2014Mark Your Calendar! You can quickly fill your calendar with unique social and memorable events that take place throughout the Grand Valley. Spring fever is filling the air as winter temperatures slowly fade away. This often means that you have to pick and choose between overlapping events.  The abundance of events and excuses to get outdoors is one of the many reasons I love living in this community! For the past two years, I have discovered and participated in the Grand Valley’s annual barrel tasting event. A hidden gem amongst the many events that take place in Western Colorado’s Wine Country.

Barrel into Spring 2014Over past 12 years, the Grand Valley Winery Association (GVWA) has offered this two-day barrel tasting event to a limited number of ticket holders. Tickets for this event, with no surprise, are sold out soon after they are released. The experience takes place twice a year (one weekend in April and another weekend in May). Event times for both weekends are Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 10am-3pm.

Barrel into Spring 2014Yes! It’s as good as it sounds! Your ticket (valued at $70/person) for the weekend gets you two solid days of exclusive wine and gourmet food parings, behind the scenes guided tours, a souvenir wine glass, and sampling directly from the barrels.

Canyon Wind Cellars, Carlson Vineyards, DeBeque Canyon Winery, Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery, Grand River Vineyards, Graystone Winery, Plum Creek Cellars and Two Rivers Winery & Chateau are amongst the participating wineries. The majority of these wineries also happen to be stops on JR’s Carriage Service’s Horse-Drawn Wine Tours.

Peach Street

GVWA wineries (those listed above) offer event participants an additional 15% discount on their wines. With little self-control and a love for wine; we purchased three cases of wine after only our third stop. We finished each day with a signature drink at the Peach Street Distillers. Our experience at the distillery is worthy of it’s own blog. I encourage you to visit the Grand Valley Winery Association’s website for additional information on this event. Contact JR’s Carriage Service for all the tips and tricks on this event and other Grand Valley festivities.

Barrel tasting at Canyon Wind Cellars with Joseph R. Burtard, Tiffany White and Ryan White

Barrel Tasting at Canyon Wind Cellars with Joseph R. Burtard, Tiffany White, and Ryan White

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Cheers! From Around The World

JR’s signature wine glasses and pint glasses are making their way around the World!

Girls Night Out! Palm Desert, CA

Girls Night Out! Palm Desert, CA

JR’s Horse-Drawn Wine Tour and Horse-Drawn Pub Crawl clients now have an opportunity to share their photos (of our souvenir glasses) with everyone. Our friends, from around the world, are filling their glasses and snapping photos. You can find this pictures in a photo album on our Facebook page called “Cheers! From Around The World. We have seen some really creative pictures in some amazing locations! We encourage our friends to tag their pictures with the location and the name of beverage (maybe event add a fun caption of hastags)  The JR’s Team is looking forward to seeing and sharing your creativity! Here is a sneak peek at some of our favorite photos:

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The Fence Post

Horse-Drawn Wine Tours

Horse-Drawn Wine Tours

We are excited to announce our feature story in the Fence Post! The Fence Post is a nationwide agricultural based newspaper that reaches around 80,000 readers each week. The article on JR’s Carriage Service highlights our educational horse-drawn wine tours in Palisade, Colorado. In addition to learning about wine, our clients have an opportunity to hitch a ride in the drivers seat. Each participant gets to take hold of the reins and experience the art of driving a team. Visit the article and let us know your thoughts!

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The Wedding Pink

Cover Photo on JR’s Carriage Service’s Facebook Page

JR’s Carriage Service is honored to announce that our services have been nominated and selected for “The Wedding Pink”!! The Wedding Pink is an annual, heartfelt wedding giveaway package presented to a couple whose lives have been recently touched by breast cancer. Cheryl Ungar, the founder of The Wedding Pink, is a 21-year breast cancer survivor and a wedding photographer. In addition to Cheryl donating her own wedding photography services, she has put together an extraordinary team of some of Colorado’s top wedding vendors — all of whom have generously agreed to donate their services and products to ensure The Wedding Pink is a spectacular event for one very special couple. For more information on The Wedding Pink, please visit their heart touching website at: http://www.cherylungargives.com/

JR’s has been a sponsor/supporter of MANY local charities. In 2011, JR’s donated over $10,000 in services to foundations, charities, non-profits and other organizations similar to Cheryl Ungar Gives.  Joseph R. Burtard, owner of JR’s Carriage Service, had an opportunity to sit down with Cheryl Ungar and, the recently selected couple, Ben and Erin. To read about their story, visit: http://www.cherylungargives.com/meet-erin-ben/

Ben and Joseph already have several activities planned during their visit from Virgina to Western Colorado. Including experiencing several of the local breweries and hiking Mt. Garfield with high hopes of running into the herd of wild horses. Watch for more information on The Wedding Pink as the May 2013 date approaches. JR’s is really looking forward to this opportunity and our new found friendship with Ben and Erin.

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Hitched In GJ Bridal Experience

After much anticipation, the Hitched in GJ Bridal Experience event has come and gone. JR’s Carriage Service was featured as the “Grand Prize” vendor after offering a prize package, for one lucky bride and groom, valued at $1,000. The wedding expo attracted hundreds of brides-to-be to partake in the various hands-on activities the Western Slope wedding vendors had to offer.

JR’s booth at the Hitched In GJ Bridal Experience expo. Photo taken by Hitched in GJ.

I spent four hours that morning cleaning “Commander n’ Chief” which we had hitched to our black “New Victoria” wedding carriage. The ‘boys’ are starting to get their winter coats which made them look like giant black teddy bears. Located at the entrance, our booth made a great first impression of the experience the brides were going to get at the show. In addition to featuring our wedding carriage, our booth highlighted our horse-drawn pub crawls and wine tours (the perfect bachelor/Bachelorette party idea). I was very proud of the boys for hanging out at the expo all day – on their best behavior. We would take a break from our booth and give a couple rides around the nearby parking lot to some of the younger spectators.

Commander n’ Chief overlooking our booth at the Bridal Experience expo

It was really exciting to see and visit with so many eager brides. September of 2013 seems to be a very popular time of the year to take someone’s hand in marriage. We should be finding out very soon who the winner of the grand prize will be! Can’t wait to be a part of their special day! A huge THANK YOU to the staff at Hitched In GJ for putting on this event!

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