Girls Gone Grape in Grand Junction offers women’s wine outings & fellowship
WHAT: Girls Gone Grape yearly membership
WHERE: Grand Valley wineries and more
COST: $30 per year
Robin Salls of Loveland, Colo., and Tonja Kueper-Rinaldo of Grand Junction agree that nothing goes together better than wine and girlfriends. That’s why Salls created Girls Gone Grape, a women-only and beginner-friendly wine group two years ago; and last May, Kueper-Rinald started a Girls Gone Grape Grand Valley chapter. There are currently 10 chapters nationwide with six in Colorado.
“Girls Gone Grape is a community of women getting together on a monthly basis and sharing a passion for life and wine,” Salls said. “It’s also recognizing that girlfriend time is really important.”
“It’s the perfect fit with all the wineries in the area,” Kueper-Rinaldo added. “It’s about the connection people have over a glass of wine.”
For just $30 a year, members of Girls Gone Grape may access wine discounts, participate in Girls Gone Grape events and explore the world of wine. Women involved in the program must be 21 years old and up. The western Colorado chapter currently has 13 members ranging from ages 21 to 60. Group outings range from visiting local wineries to enjoying a night at The Palette (441 Main St., Grand Junction).
According to Salls, many outings include educational and tasting components. Events cost between $10-40 depending on location and what is being offered, and women don’t need to be members to participate in activities.
“This isn’t your typical wine group,” Salls noted, explaining that programs are designed to be approachable for beginners and interesting for experts.
The next event for western Colorado is being planned for February in conjunction with the movie release of “50 Shades of Grey.”
Memberships and Girls Gone Grape gift shop sales partially fund area nonprofits.
For more information, visit http://www.girlsgonegrape.com.
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