Wine to help Manitou flood recovery selling well

Second batch of Manitou Elixir coming after 131 bottles sold

Manitou Flood Recovery Supported by Special Wine

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. - A blueberry wine that you formerly could get only once a year has become a popular way for people to help Manitou Springs recover from recent flash floods.

D'vine Wine on Manitou Avenue made 181 bottles of the wine called Manitou Elixir.  The store's owner, Tracy Fagner, said 50 bottles remain and a second batch will be ready in two months.

A bottle of the wine costs $17.  Four dollars from every sale is donated to the Pikes Peak Foundation, which in turn will be used for flood recovery.  The wine has raised $524 so far.

Fagner said the wine normally is available only during the town's wine festival in June, and wine remaining from that event was to be sold on a limited basis later.

"The only reason we still have it is because it was on the middle shelf in our storeroom," she said.  "The first flood ruined the wine we had on the bottom shelf."

Ken Walker, a winemaker at the store, said he's surprised at how well the wine has sold.

"A lot of people have never even been here before," he said.  "They just came in and wanted to show some support.  I've had people come in who actually don't even drink wine.  They just bought the bottles to give support, and give them away as gifts."

Foundation organizers said they're still determining the amount of other donations and planning how to distribute it to residents and merchants.

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