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Two for the skies

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, February 7, 2008

From the Department of Do We Really Need This? comes this by way of fellow Cox blogger Mark Fisher at the Dayton Daily News. It’s one way to sneak the good stuff past the TSA guards on your next flight so you’re not stuck with the plonk airlines normally serve: The WineRack. You can add your bad puns in the comment section below. Speaking of airline wine, some airlines are responding to customers' complaints by upgrading their wine service and selection and even hiring ...


Two from 2005

By Dave Buchanan
Tuesday, February 5, 2008

This one has to be short because I have two wine stores to check out for bargains today. Been trying to find some affordable 2005 Bordeaux (if you've been following all the news about the 2005 vintage you know what I mean and we'll talk about that in another post) and recently found two decent wines in my price-restricted range. Interestingly, both of these showed better on the second day but by the third had faded into expensive red-wine vinegar. Chateau La Grande Clotte (Lussac-St. ...


‘Wine cop’ takes her stand

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, February 4, 2008

It’s only February and I’m already one wine book behind. Well, not really behind, I s’pose, since the book still lies somewhere in the depths of a publishing house and hasn’t yet seen the comforting lights of my favorite indie bookstore. Last year I began reading Alice Feiring’s wine blog In Vino Veritas,originally because I figured anyone calling herself “wine bitch” must have something worthwhile to say and now I read it because she does.  ...


Chianti Classico worth the wait

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, January 28, 2008

This last month's wintry weather had me searching for something to ward off the chill and perhaps offer a memory of warmer climes. Comfort food leads to comfort wine and there are few wines more comfortable than Chianti. The best Chianti is Chianti Classico, which comes from a specified area in Tuscany and is made primarily from the sangiovese grape. Small percentages of other grapes, including cabernet sauvignon and merlot, also are allowed. However, after its boom in the 1970s ...


Small winemaker gets big fast

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, January 17, 2008

In a few strokes of the pen, Glenn Foster went from a winemaker without a winery to a winemaker with four (or maybe three-and-a-half) wineries. Foster and his wife Natalie, who have operated the Colorado Wine Room in Fruita for the past two-plus years and do business under the corporate name of Talon Winery LLC, recently purchased the three wineries formerly owned by Fred Strothman of Palisade. Now, the Fosters have St. Kathryn's Cellars, Confre Cellars and Meadery of the Rockies, in ...


Law aims to allow wine at groceries

By Dave Buchanan
Tuesday, January 15, 2008

We are reluctant to watch the Legislature in action, if for no other reason there are so many other productive things to do. But one thing I’ll be watching this year is whether the state decides to allow liquor sales in grocery stores, something long opposed by liquor retailers for fears it will dilute their market. At least one bill has been mentioned for this legislative session and should it pass, Colorado will join the 34 other states that allow wine and full-strength beer ...


Half-bottles have a place at the table

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, December 20, 2007

When I called Tony Bartkus this morning at his shop Tony B’s Wine List in Centennial, he was next door at Tony’s Meats, the very upscale delicatessen/catering business operated by Mick Rosacci and his three siblings. Bartkus’ store is at 4991 East Dry Creek Road, just north of C470 between Holly and So. Colorado Blvd., in case you’re headed to Denver over the holidays. At one time the two stores were connected by ownership, not just initials, but since Bartkus ...


Please save this wine

By Dave Buchanan
Saturday, December 15, 2007

With the holidays here and people dropping by the house, I find myself at the end of the night facing one or more open bottles of wine and wondering how to keep them fresh and drinkable for another day. There’s an interesting article this week in the San Francisco Chronicle about the various methods of preserving wine once the bottle’s been opened. Reporter Janet Fletcher covers all the common methods of keeping the integrity of wine, ranging from vacuum pumps to inert gases ...


Winemaker to list ingredients

By Dave Buchanan
Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Mike Dunne, food and wine critic for the Sacramento Bee, reported Tuesday that maverick winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard next year will start to list ingredients on the back label of its wines. According to winery spokesman Burke Owens, Grahm is making the move because he wants to make his winemaking more transparent and because he is aware that some consumers are concerned about allergic reactions to elements used to produce wine. Owens said Grahm's ingredient label, ...


Barrel tastings prove a challenge

By Dave Buchanan
Friday, November 30, 2007

Barrel tastings are interesting events in that you really don't know how much what you're tasting will resemble the finished product. That's both the beauty and the beast of tasting wine still in the barrel. Most wine lovers get few opportunities to taste wine as it ages in barrel simply because it's a bit of a hassle to line up a winemaker with the time and temperament to take some novice or know-it-all drinkers into his cellar or wine cave and dip onto what is still-developing juvenile ...


Aussie drought means higher prices

By Dave Buchanan
Tuesday, November 27, 2007

If you see your favorite Australian wine start to jump a bit in price, you can blame that continent’s continued drought and it’s affect on the grape harvest. According to a story in the Brisbane Times, the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation said the 2008 harvest, which takes place during our spring, will be only 1.22 million tons, down from 1.47 million tons this year. And there’s likely another decline in 2009, said the report, which forecast a 2009 harvest of ...


Two quick wines for Thanksgiving

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A change in my Thanksgiving plans means I have to dig up two bottles of wine, one red and one white, for a meal at a friend’s home. And while I was expecting to offer American wines to go with the usual Thanksgiving theme, I made it halfway. The white was almost too easy. It’s one I tried about a month ago on a whim and liked immediately, the Pine Ridge Clarksburg Chenin Blanc Viognier 2006. Pine Ridge Winery was the first winery to offer this nontraditional blend of white ...


Restaurants honored for serving Colorado wines

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board annually holds a competition to recognize those restaurants that best promote Colorado wines in three categories: by the glass, by the bottle and best use of Colorado food and wine. This week, Doug Caskey, executive director of the development board, announced the 2007 winners, each of which receives a $1,000 cash prize along with a trophy to display (A trophy? Sure it's an honor but display where? Between the salt and pepper at some table? ...


The ‘new’ Beaujolais is here

By Dave Buchanan
Friday, November 16, 2007

Walk into any liquor store this weekend and you’ll see brightly labeled bottles and maybe a banner or two proclaiming “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive´”. Even the most Franco-challenged among us will recognize the signs that this year’s vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau has made it into town. Every third Thursday in November this youthful wine, rushed to your store within weeks of being bottled, makes its appearance to differing levels of excitement. This year, ...


It’s elementary: Cheese, chocolate and wine for a good time

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, November 7, 2007

If you’re still free Saturday night and are looking for a good time for a good cause, the Colorado Wine Room in Fruita is hosting a cheese, chocolate and wine tasting to benefit Tope Elementary. The evening features artisanal cheeses and crackers from Diana Tarasiewicz of DMT Catering, hand-crafted chocolates from Enstrom Candies and specially selected wines from Plum Creek Cellars, Stoney Mesa Winery and Talon Winery. Talon, by the way, is the label of Colorado Wine Room ...


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