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Holidays offer open houses and winery tours

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, November 22, 2010

Looking out the kitchen window, I realize the weather outside really is frightful. Which must mean it’s time to find that special bottle of wine for the holidays. Since there is no such thing as the “perfect wine for Thanksgiving,” my meager advice is to find something you like to drink and enjoy your holiday. If you’re having a quiet family dinner, pick something special you enjoy drinking and share it with a loved one or two. If you’re having a ...


‘Tis the season for Beaujolais Nouveau

By Dave Buchanan
Friday, November 19, 2010

If you were standing in a liquor store late Wednesday night, you might have noticed a curious sight. As the clock struck midnight, seemingly out of nowhere, cases and cases of brightly labeled bottles of wine would have appeared, as if some much-awaited celebration were about to occur. And you would have been right on all counts. At one minute after midnight on the third Thursday of November, as dictated by French law, comes the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine meant to be ...


It’s the time of the season for holiday wine picks

By Dave Buchanan
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, this is a great time to snoop around your wine collection and fill in the holes for all those holiday parties. The caveat, of course, is you're never going to please everyone. Even with the immense range and depth of wines available today, with choices seemingly unlimited, there is no way you’re going to have the perfect wine that fits everyone’s palate. I like to keep a variety of white wines and red wines on hand to ...


Local peaches featured in latest offering from Breckenridge Brewery

By Dave Buchanan
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I'm straying from the wine trail this week to focus on another Grand Valley product – peaches – available in beer form. Thanks to a stray email, I was turned on to Breckenridge Brewery's new Peachfork Wheat, an unfiltered beer featuring fruit from Peachfork Orchards and Vineyard on East Orchard Mesa. Peachfork (the vineyards, not the beer) has long supplied grapes for local winemakers but this time it was their peaches that attracted a brewer's ...


End of season not scary at all for Garvin Mesa wineries

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

If you're ready to avoid the ghouls and goblins of Halloween for a few hours, take the easy drive to Garvin Mesa east of Paonia and enjoy some not-so-scary end of season deals from the four wineries there. All four – Stone Cottage Cellars, Terror Creek Winery, Black Bridge Winery and Azura Cellars and Gallery – will be offering exceptional deals Saturday on wine, art and, at Stone Cottage Cellars, on chocolate. Brent and Karen Helleckson of Stone Cottage Cellars are ...


Leroux Creek harvest party brightens fall day

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Saturday was spent at Leroux Creek Vineyards clipping ripe Chambourcin grapes and trying not to cut myself with the clippers I recently sharpened. It's harvest time for winemaker Yvon Gros and each fall he summons friends and family (this year his brother Joel, shown in the photo below admiring some of the grapes, came over from the Eagle River Valley) to pick and crush his 5 acres or so of Chambourcin, a red-grape hybrid that does well in Colorado's cool climate. Yvon and his ...


Big helping little promises strong future for state’s wine industry

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Among the busy tents during this year’s Colorado Mountain Winefest (and at times it seemed every tent was busy) was the tent shared by Theresa High’s Colterris Wines and Tyrel Lawson’s Kahil Winery. Lawson shared more than the tent. He not only makes his wine, he also is winemaker for Colterris as well as Bob Witham’s Two Rivers Winery and Chateau. Two Rivers Winery keeps Lawson busy producing six varietals (Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, ...


Boulder Creek ‘Best of Fest” continues streak

By Dave Buchanan
Sunday, September 19, 2010

More notes from Saturday's Festival in the Park: Maybe someone was surprised that Boulder Creek Winery's 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon won Best of Show honors at the Colorado Mountain Winefest, but not winery owner Mike Thompson. Boulder Creek is on a bit of roll at the Winefest, having secured Best of Show three of the past seven years. His last win was in 2008 with his 2005 Boulder Creek Winery Colorado Syrah. This latest win won't be overlooked, Thompson said, but there ...


Notes from Saturday’s Festival in the Park at the Colorado Mountain Winefest

By Dave Buchanan
Saturday, September 18, 2010

Notes from Saturday's Festival in the Park, which still was jumping as I write this (4:30 p.m.): Judging from the long line of people waiting to get into the Festival when the gates opened at 10:30 a.m., this year's ticket sales should exceed last year's record of 7,200. "We had sold 6,400 tickets by 7 p.m. Friday, so it's entirely possible we'll beat last year's numbers," said Colorado Mountain Winefest director Sarah Catlin. Catlin, sitting in ...


Grand Valley wine country ‘cradle of the world’

By Dave Buchanan
Friday, September 17, 2010

"This valley," said Max Ariza, waving his arms and trying to figure if he was facing east or west, "grows grapes from France, Spain, Germany and Italy. It's like the cradle of the world." And like most cradles, it hold something, in this case a wine industry, still in its infancy. "Colorado's wine industry is like this," Ariza said, cupping his hands together. "The rest of the world is ..." and he stretches out his arms. Ultimately, ...


Wait, wait: Colorado Mountain Winefest kicks off today

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, September 16, 2010

When the 19th annual Colorado Mountain Winefest kicks off .. Wait, wait. It's today. The long-awaited celebration of wine and food starts today and there's still time for you to join in the fun. You've missed the golf tournament at Redlands Mesa and you're probably out of luck for the much-coveted tickets to the Winefest's highlight event, the Chef Kelly Liken cooking demo and dinner on Friday, but there still are tickets available to the other fascinating ...


Wine of the Week

By Dave Buchanan
Friday, August 27, 2010

We already have lost an hour of daylight on both ends of the day, a noticeable shortening of the time when sitting on the patio is especially nice. What we haven't lost, at least this week, is the hot weather, which means I'm still searching out refreshing white wines to ease the scorch of August's heat. I've recently been working through some samples from Robert Mondavi, including the winery's latest offerings of the 2009 Pinot Grigio and the 2008 Fumé ...


Winefest dinner reservations getting scarce

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, August 26, 2010

When the colorful brochure heralding this year's Colorado Mountain Winefest arrived in the mail, it came as a reminder to make that reservation for one of the winemaker dinners. If you think making wine is difficult, try making a reservation for dinner. Most of the dinners are sold out, although a few opening were available earlier this week at scattered sites around the valley. A complete list of the restaurants offering these special dinners is available on the Festival Web ...


Colorado’s best to be recognized at Governor’s Mansion

By Dave Buchanan
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

If you’re headed to Denver Wednesday and have the evening free, you might grab the last $50 in your wallet and head over the Boettcher Mansion at 400 East Eighth Ave. First Lady Jeannie Ritter, along with the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund, the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board and the American Wine Society are hosting from 6-9 p.m. “A Celebration of Premier Colorado Wines,” featuring the award-winning wines from a Colorado-only wine competition ...


Wine of the Week

By Dave Buchanan
Sunday, August 8, 2010

It's really three Wines of the Week, and all the same grape. Parker Carlson of Carlson Vineyards has taken a bit of a gamble this year, though that's nothing new for someone often considered the reigning dean of Colorado winemaking. Like every other winery facing a change in its winemaking due to a shortage of some grape varietals after several serious frosts in the last 12 months, Carlson this year is offering a trilogy of gewurtztraminers, one of the few grape varietals ...


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