Winemaker goes back to Calif. to show off Colo. wine

It never hurts to hit the big time medal lists, and Grand Junction wineries St. Kathryn Cellars and Talon Winery recenty received some high praise from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Both picked up medals in the eighth annual S.F Chronicle competition, held in January in Sonoma, Calif.

St. Kathryn Cellars received three silver medals in the fruit wine category for its Apple Blossom, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Cranberry Kiss wines.

Talon Winery — both wineries are owned by Glenn and Natalie Foster — received two bronze medals for its Wingspan Red 2009 (Bordeaux Blends), and Wingspan White 2008 (Other Blend).

“This is a great way to show the world we’re able to make world-class wines here in the Grand Valley,” said Glenn Foster, who also is the winemaker. “I believe people want to buy local wines, but want to ensure they are buying quality.

“These awards make it clear that there are world-class wines made right here in our own backyard.”

The Fosters also own and operate Meadery of the Rockies, which is part of Talon Wine Brands.

The buoyant and always delightful Glenn Foster has long been a part of the Grand Valley wine scene and his booth at the Colorado Mountain Winefest always is among the fest’s most-popular destinations.

Winemaking is in his blood. He was born and raised in California wine country and his father Reed Foster was one of the founders of Ravenswood Winery in Sonoma County.

Ravenswood is as well known for its distinctive wines as it is for the memorable mottoes, including “No Wimpy Wines” and “If your favorite color is beige, you probably should be drinking something else.”

Glenn Foster came to Colorado to go to college and ended up meeting Natalie, which might have been his best move ever.

They moved back to Sonoma to spend time with his father, but in the mid-90s the Fosters struck out for Colorado and wound up in the Grand Valley.

They operate the Colorado Wine Room in Fruita, from which they began their Talon winemaking operation before combining it with the St. Kathryn’s and Meadery of the Rockies operations in Palisade.

The San Francisco Chronicle competition is nothing to hoot at.

It’s the nation’s largest wine competition. This year, the judges evaluated 5,050 entries from 23 states.

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