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Wine of the Week

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, February 15, 2010

Bodegas Jumilla Wrongo Dongo 2008 750ML The 2008 Wrongo Dongo is from the Juan Gil family estate in the Spanish DOC of Jumilla, a transition zone between the Mediterranean coastal area and the high central plateau of Castile-La Mancha. This wine is 100 percent monastrell (known in France as mourvedre and California as mataro) sourced from a Gil family estate vineyard. Monastrell is the most widely planted grape in Spain. A  deep purple wine with notes of spice and ...

Wine Lover’s Trail in Hotchkiss

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, February 8, 2010

This week brings us to Valentine’s Day, and if you’re just figuring that out, heaven help you with your plans for the weekend. It’s unfortunate, and I think a missed opportunity, to see how few local wineries are jumping on the Valentine’s Day theme. Actually, only Yvon Gros (hey, he’s French, he knows about these things) at Leroux Creek Winery in the North Fork Valley is advertising a special event this week. He’s calling it The Wine Lover’s ...

Modern styling the latest from Spanish winemaking family

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas came early last week with some wines from a familiar winery but an unfamiliar face. The wines came from the Spanish winemaking family Osborne (their Navidad Web page is worth seeing, even if you don’t speak Spanish), which has had a major presence in Spain and Portugal wine-making for more than 200 years. But the latest Osborne is much younger, very much younger. She’s Rocio Alonso-Allende Osborne, the sixth generation of the family to undertake winemaking. ...

‘Tis the season for shipping wine

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, December 17, 2009

'Tis the night before Christmas... no, wait, wait, it's not quite that late. There still is time to get that bottle of wine (hey, don't be a Scrooge, make it two) for that favorite person on your list, or maybe even everyone on your list. But don't wait too long, the sleigh is getting full and shipping is slowing down. The query "How do I get wine to someone out of state?" has two easy answers and maybe a lot more answers that I haven't yet figured out. Probably the easiest way to ship ...

Trailing Italy’s DOCG list

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, December 9, 2009

In the world of Italian wines, change, it seems, is the only constant. I've been trying to figure out how many new DOCGs ([designation of controlled and guaranteed origin, specific grapes grown in specific areas, the highest recognition of quality allowed by Italian law) have recently been enacted by the Italian government and how many of these limited areas of production there are now. The list isn't something most wine drinkers wouldn't bother about, I suppose, but there are lot of ...

Holidays and open houses

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The coming holidays means it's time to welcome old friends and make new friends, and as the word comes in, I'll post notice of open houses (or open wineries) and special tastings around western Colorado. The fun starts this Saturday (Dec. 5) with the Wine, Buffalo and Chocolate Trail hosted by Yvon and Joanna Gros of Leroux Creek Inn and Vineyards of Hotchkiss. I say hosted only because my invitation came from Yvon, but co-hosting the daylong event (10 a.m. until 5 p.m.) are Dave and Sue ...

A mix of wines for an American holiday

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Getting past Thanksgiving wasn't so bad. Told there would be others also bringing wine, I showed up at the party with two bottles of Chateau St. Michelle 2007 Columbia Valley Riesling ($8), which disappeared before the turkey was served. So far, so good. As usual, I was packing a couple of backup bottles, both of them samples. In a bow to my love for Italians wines, even on this strictly American holiday, I popped open, actually unscrewed it since it carries a Stelvin closure, a bottle of ...

Getting around to wines for turkey

By Dave Buchanan
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I was planning writing about wines for Thanksgiving, and may still get around to that, but it seems every Web site you check this week has something about wines that go with the jumbled menus crowding tables on the only holiday devoted to eating. And football. I was researching the 'wines-with-turkey' idea (which means I was trying to decipher some notes taken during the latter stages of assorted wine tastings through the year) and finding some great ideas for some edgy wines such as ...

Winery Web sites sometimes leave too much to the imagination

By Dave Buchanan
Friday, November 13, 2009

The frustration with winery Web sites continues. I can’t imagine there are many wine consumers remaining who don’t do a preponderance of their pre-shopping on the Internet. Whether you’re looking for tasting notes on a wine that sounds interesting, an extra-special wine at an extra-special price or simply curious about the latest vintages and varietals offered by a winemaker, there’s nothing easier than clicking a few keys and checking out the maze of information ...

Holiday wine choices include U.S., Spain and Italian selections

By Dave Buchanan
Saturday, November 7, 2009

Temperatures in western Colorado are at near-record highs, edging close to 70 earlier this week and creating a temporary revival of golf season, for those so inclined. But there's no delaying the holiday season and I'm still searching for a few transitional wines to bridge the festive gap between the crisp wines of summer and the heavy-bodied reds of deep winter. This week's price-point winner (and a tasty wine) is the Opera Prima 2008 Tempranillo, $4.99 at Cottonwood Liquors in Grand ...

Amazon puts a cork in plans to sell wines online

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, October 29, 2009, that mega-giant online purveyor-of-just-about-everything-you-ever-want, has decided the task of selling wine online is too much for even that Web wizard's staff and recently announced it won't be in the wine market, after all. It appears the mystifying hurdles of the three-tier system, not to mention the lingering, 76-year-old shadows of Prohibition, pushed Amazon to drop its plans to distribute wine through its subsidiary, AmazonWine. A test program had been up for about a ...

Snow brings changes to weather, wine

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The calendar says it’s still fall but the 2 inches of snow covering my lettuce, basil and cilantro thumbs its collective nose at the calendar. I’ll have to salvage something from the garden tonight before it really freezes. The cold snap in late September that sent temperatures down to 28 degrees didn’t take everything, although the basil certainly looks the worse for wear. But tonight, if the clouds leave and the skies clear, my gardening might be finished for the ...

Early frost pushes growers to pick

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Colorado's major wine-grape regions - the Grand Valley and West Elks AVAs - are scrambling to to adjust picking schedules after record-low temperatures late last month and into the early days of this reminded everyone that life is a matter of balance. *Vineyard worker Carlos Adan picks riesling grapes at Avant Vineyards in Palisade as harvest continues following an early fall frost.* In several places along the Colorado River, which runs through the Grand Valley AVA, temperatures ...

A busy fall for Colorado wine lovers

By Dave Buchanan
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It's been a busy fall and I've been somewhat relaxed in my approach to writing about wines. From sampling as many as possible of the 80-some Colorado wineries at Winefest to several distributor-level fall tastings and the early arrival of cold weather, there hasn't been much break in the realm of local wine news. I'm not complaining, mind you, because there's nothing bad about researching and writing about wines (except not having enough time to do everything). *Wine enthusiasts at the ...

Kids’ Pasta Project serves the comunity

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, September 2, 2009

PAONIA — The waitress, sporting a red headband and a colorful apron of many patterns, reached for the glass and then stopped. "I can't, I'm not old enough," she said, withdrawing her well-tanned fingers away from the wine glass. "I'm 11 and a half." Even at 11 1/2, Marissa Edmondson showed remarkable poise during her recent stint serving tables at a recent Kids' Pasta Project dinner at Scenic Mesa Ranch near Hotchkiss. Marissa was one of the more-experienced youngsters working ...

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