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Bozzetti: wines notes of note

By Dave Buchanan

This weekend (May 12-13) is Mother's Day. Yep, the whole weekend and if you know what's right, it's the whole year.

Saturday's event is the annual Wine, Buffalo and Chocolate Mother's Day Trail hosted by Leroux Creek Vineyards, Liliputian Winery and Dave and Sue Whittlesey's High Wire Elk and Buffalo Ranch.

All the venues are on the verdant Rogers Mesa, between Austin and Hotchkiss, and it's a lovely break from the dry climes of the Grand Valley, where except for the well-watered lawns and trees the dominant colors tend toward tan and brown (even on my lawn, those are the dominant colors).

The tour is free, with hand-made chocolates, locally made wines and nice people to meet.

Leroux Creek Vineyards, 12388 3100 Road – Wine tasting - Handmade, local chocolates by Yvon, Leroux Creek Spa products and gift items - Yvon's Terrine & Pate.

Liliputian Winery, 31424 Colorado Highway 92 – Wine tasting - Local, handmade truffles.

High Wire Ranch, 27497 Buffalo Rd. – Grass-fed buffalo and elk, sausage and meat tasting; farm tours; wine tasting by Steve Rhodes, Steve Rhodes Vineyards.

Information at 970-872-3019.

DrinkLocalWine conference sets attendance record: The recent DrinkLocalWine 2012 conference in Denver attract more than 200 consumers and media, a record attendance for the event and certainly a reminded that drinking locally is growing in popularity.

According to a DLW release, this year's conference built on the success of the first three conferences: Dallas in 2009; Loudoun County, Va. in 2010; St. Louis in 2011. DLW also holds an annual Regional Wine Week in October, in which wine bloggers, writers and columnists from the U.S. and Canada write about their favorite regional wines, ranging from Ontario to New York to Florida to Texas to Colorado.

Next year's conference site has yet to be announced, but DLW president and co-founder Jeff Siegel already is wondering what can be done to improve on the Denver conferece.

"The only question left after this year: 'How do we top it next year?' " Siegel asked. "But that's the nature of the beast -- the enthusiasm for regional wine is such that we always seem to do just that."

and just in case you forgot, DrinkLocalWine's goal is to spotlight wine made in the 47 states and Canada that aren't California, Washington, and Oregon. It's the brainchild of Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre and wine blogger Jeff Siegel, the Wine Curmudgeon. For information about, call (469) 554-9463, email or follow us on Twitter.


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