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Garagistes sought for Winefest

By Dave Buchanan
Friday, July 27, 2007

The term "garagiste" originated in Bordeaux, particularly along the Right Bank of the Gironde Rivers (today's fascinating geography lesson) and referred to small-production winemakers who made their juice in small, garage-like facilities. It's no longer considered a term of derision since many of the original garagistes (such as Le Pin) have become quite as popular and nearly as expensive as some of Bordeaux's deluxe First Growths. You might call some of Colorado's non-professional ...

Obscure varietal a feature of West Elks AVA

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, July 26, 2007

Mike Dunne, food and wine critic for the Sacramento Bee, wrote recently in his blog "Appetizers with Mike Dunne" that a chambourcin from New Jersey won the prized sweepstakes award for red wines at the Long Beach (Cal.) Grand Cru. The Grand Cru is a major international wine competition, this year attracting around 1,960 diverse entries. Twenty-four red wines made it into the sweepstakes round and that something as little-known as a chambourcin would out-taste even the major reds from ...

Winefest tickets on sale

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

It's again time to think about the Colorado Mountain Winefest, a topic we touched on in today's column in The Daily Sentinel. But beyond trying to grab one of the coveted seats at one of the dinners featuring a Colorado winemaker, there's the matter of the main festivities themselves, including the popular Festival in the Park on Sept. 15 at Riverbend Park in Palisade. Winefest media director Marilyn Jensen said in a recent press release that 43 wineries are expected to participate this ...

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