This past weekend I was honored to be the “guest author” at the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey‘s Harvest Fest in Cañon City, Colorado.
A working Benedictine monastery and school since 1924, Holy Cross Abbey has a viniculture and winemaking history. Father Kenneth, a monk at the Abbey since the 1950s or 60s, spearheaded the revival of winemaking there a decade ago and returns every year to bless the winery. Though the Abbey no longer houses monks, it still hosts the winery which this year brings an impressive number of award-winning Colorado wines to market.
Every autumn the winery hosts a Harvest Fest, a delightful weekend in the park on the Abbey grounds near the tasting room. With good music, mouth-watering food vendors, and of course, all of the winery’s wines available for tasting pleasures, it was a perfect spot to spread a blanket on the grass and enjoy the last days of summer, sipping wine, munching treats, and listening to an eclectic mix of live bands.
I had a perfect spot to enjoy all the action from under a tent near the bandstand and as always enjoyed chatting about the wonders of Glorious One-Pot Meals. Many thanks to The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey for inviting me to participate in the 9th annual event!
At the Winemaker’s Dinner preceding the festival, I got to sample the Abbey’s wines paired with eight scrumptious and decadent courses! My favorites were the Platinum award-winner American Riesling and the triple gold medalist Colorado Cabernet Franc.
Keep an eye out for the special limited edition bottles labeled with this year’s Harvest Fest art by contest winner Brit Colon – aren’t they gorgeous?!