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Something new at holiday show

By Dave Buchanan
Sunday, September 28, 2008

Denny Barber and Paul DeCoste talk business at the Republic National Distributing Company Holiday Show last week. You might be just getting over your summer hangover but the big liquor companies already have an eye on the holidays. It's about this time each late summer/early autumn that the major distributors, at least in those states under the thumb of the three-tier distribution system, show off their latest wines and spirits to retailers, restaurateurs and other need-to-know people in ...


Traveling wines and vendemmia means harvest

By Dave Buchanan
Sunday, September 21, 2008

I just returned from a few days in the far northwest Colorado, another of the few places I know where cell phones and Internet don't interfere with life. The late days of summer (this is being written on Sept. 21, officially the start of autumn but in the high country the season unofficially began a couple weeks ago) mean hunting seasons and you'll see upland bird hunters camping near archery hunters camping near black-powder rifle hunters. My simple but efficient hunting camp. You'll ...


Back from ‘The Loneliest Road’

By Dave Buchanan
Tuesday, September 9, 2008

This big sign greets you on the curve coming into Eureka, Nev. A break from the newspaper and blogging found me heading west to see family and friends in Utah and Nevada, driving through the delicious solitude of the basin-and-range portions of those states bisected by U.S. Highway 50, also known as "The Loneliest Road in America." In years' past I've spent an hour or more in those stretches without seeing another vehicle, 'cept maybe for the fleets of abandoned military wagons, trucks ...


Bursick’s first J vintage a delight

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, August 18, 2008

HEALDSBURG, Cal. — There's something special about meeting someone you've always admired from a distance, and so it was in early 2006 when George Bursick, the Sonoma County native who has become a winemaking legend in his own time, was introduced to me at at J Winery. This was a spring-time press tour, a small one but still the sort of thing where wineries go out of their way to impress the visitors. We saw a winemaker saber a bottle of American methode champenoise sparkling wine, ...


World of wine gets smaller

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, August 14, 2008

I was wandering the aisles of a local wine store last week when I overheard someone complaining about the difficulties of finding Colorado wines in Front Range liquor stores. That's not surprising, given the number of liquor stores along the wrong side of the Continental Divide and how long it would take someone to forge their way through all those wine aisles to find what invariably will be a limited selection. Several reasons are at the root of this lack of visibility for Colorado ...


No getting past the awards

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, August 11, 2008

A recent comment from reader Bob about my column on Dolce Vita getting an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine got me to thinking about wine awards, wine lists in this town and what both of them mean to the casual wine drinker. Bob's contention is that the Wine Spectator award ain't no big deal because anyone who sends in the money can get that award. There's more to it than that, of course, including having a comprehensive and imaginative wine list that pairs with your food. ...


Wine shop brightens downtown

By Dave Buchanan
Saturday, August 2, 2008

I received a few comments this week about Dolce Vita restaurant earning an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine and those comments simply substantiated what the award recognized. Rick and Sue Crippen have one of the city's best wine bars in town thanks in great part to Rick's never-ending curious nature about wines and to his desire to offer great wines at affordable prices. A few doors upstream at 420 Main St., Mike Chariton recently opened Planet Wines, the city's first wine ...


Award sweetens Dolce Vita’s appeal

By Dave Buchanan
Sunday, July 27, 2008

Say what you like (or dislike) about the tentacles of Wine Spectator magazine stretching into every corner of the wine arena but until some better way comes along of recognizing the efforts of restaurateurs serious about wine, the Spectator's annual listing of restaurant awards is a good tool for the wine-lover's toolbox. Those readers living in large cities with numerous WS award winners will yawn at one or two more restaurants being added to the list. But those of us who spend most of ...


Cherries and wine, separately

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The view from Terror Creek Winery takes in much of the North Fork Valley. Some of the vines you see are more than 35 years old. PAONIA— I spent the holiday weekend camping along a small creek near here and on my way home (the bugs got so bad on the last day I left camp without rolling up my tent, just crammed it in the car and sped away) stopped at a couple wineries in the fruit-rich North Fork Valley. My first stop was Black Bridge Winery. It really wasn’t for wine but ...


Paonia wine festival a relief, a delight

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I wrote in today’s newspaper column about the Mountain Vineyard Wine Festival held Saturday at Orchard Valley Farms and Black Bridge Winery in Paonia. I’ll repeat myself a bit here but it’s unavoidable, given the readers of this blog might not read the paper. My column appears here on the The Daily Sentinel Web site. After spending three days at the chi-chi Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen, heading to Paonia for an afternoon of cool jazz, good food and some pretty ...


Sherry enjoys a rejuvenation

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, June 19, 2008

ASPEN — What’s old is new again, as a sage once offered, and that’s certainly true in regards to Sherry. You remember Sherry, that Spanish fortified wine that originated in Jerez (the proper pronunciation isn’t as easy as it looks but that’s where the Sherry name derived). Sherry enjoyed a long run but when tastes and drinking styles changes, it unfortunately was relegated to the kitchen cabinet. Ah, but now the merry-go-round turns and Sherry comes to ...


Wine fest offers taste of West Elks

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

It's not too late to add the fourth annual Mountain Vineyard Wine Festival to your must-do list on Saturday. The festival, which benefits the oncology department at the Delta County Memorial Hospital, is at Orchard Valley Farms in Paonia. The event runs 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and features 11 wineries from the West Elks AVA and Delta County. Colorado wines have received some good exposure recently, including a booth at the recent Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Denver and a story today in ...


Day 3, Aspen: Colorado’s lack of consistency no exception

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, June 16, 2008

ASPEN - Colorado wines didn’t play much of a presence during the 26th annual Food & Wine Magazine Classic here. Not that they were expected to, since the Classic shows off an awful lot of competition from the world’s top wine regions. But several remarks over the course of the weekend reminded me that while there’s a future for Colorado wine, the road ahead still has some bumps. Even most Colorado residents pay little heed to this state’s wines. It’s the ...


More from Day Two at Aspen

By Dave Buchanan
Saturday, June 14, 2008

ASPEN - I first met David Lynch through his 2004 book “Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy”, although earlier I had heard his name after Lynch snagged a James Beard Award for wine writing while at Wine & Spirits magazine. But it was Vino Italiano, which he co-authored with restaurateur Joseph Bastianich, that helped open the doors to the multitude of wines offered from Italy, with its 300 official growing areas, more than 360 authorized grape varieties and literally ...


Pepins make fast food easy

By Dave Buchanan
Saturday, June 14, 2008

ASPEN - Early morning on Day Two of the Food and Wine Magazine Classic finds the father/daughter team of Jacques and Claudine Pepin teasing and sparring over techniques and cookery as they prepare for their demonstration titled "Fast Food Our Way." As you might expect, this isn't fast food you "Biggie size" but food that's seemingly complicated at first but surprisingly quick, tasty and good for you. In 42 minutes, three fewer than the time slot allotted, the Pepins teams to make ...


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