We have always been big big fans of the Gardens on Spring Creek.  It is one of the calmest and most peaceful spots in Fort Collins to spend an afternoon.  From the holiday light display to the bountiful summer garden, they have something year round to check out.  The new additions to the property have us super excited to see what this place will continue to evolve into.

Recently we were privileged enough to attend the Garden A’Fare Wine Tour.  We were not disappointed.  Now we are definitely beer heads but enjoy the delightful glass of vino from time to time.  When you have the right food paired well with the right wine, it is a treat you won’t soon forget.

Entering the gardens we were welcomed by friendly staff eager to punch our card and get us going on our tour.  This event is a little different then some of the others we have been to.  Rather than sit at a table, we were set loose around the garden with various stops along the way.  We really enjoyed this formula as it allowed us to go at our own pace and meet a lot of interesting people along the way.  The first stop was a nice Meyer Lemon Basil “Poptail”, yes a popsicle cocktail.  Local favorite Revolution Pops provided the tasty summer treat. I must say this was a very interesting and wonderful way to start our tour. Along with the popsicle cocktail we enjoyed a nice appetizer including cucumber melon bruschetta and white bean hummus cucumber cups, a delicious refreshing combination.  Next we headed for the Thai chicken salad on crispy kale chips and spinach and kale popover with berry preserve paired with a subtle Pino Grigio provided by The Mainline.  Soup and salad was up next and what better place to provide this then the one and only Spoons.  Always a go to here in Fort Collins when it comes to the soup and salad game. One of our all time favorite styles of wine accompanied this course, Pinot Noir.  The main course was prepared by one of our very favorite restaurants, Locality.  A very delicious barbeque pork over grains with green beans on the side. The vegetarian option for this station was one of the most intriguing of the night for sure, a vegetarian bone marrow.  Café Vino really thought out of the box on this one using squash to emulate the actual bone, both interesting and delicious.  The final course of the night…dessert. Fiona’s had some orange-mint gluten free shortbread with chocolate and a decadent strawberry moose.  The perfect way to cap off the night.

If you can allow yourself to indulge a little, we truly recommend this event.  It is a great way to see the gardens and learn about what they do there.  For some this is a nice introduction to the gardens as many don’t know about all of the wonder they provide.  We are truly thankful we got to work with and attend the Gardens A’Fare Wine Tour and are excited to see what The Gardens will do next!