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Not as huge as 2015, but yet another solid Colorado grape harvest

By Dave Buchanan

The 2016 wine-grape harvest is in its final stages across the Grand Valley while the 1,000-foot higher North Fork Valley is just hitting full stride. After a cooler than expected spring, that midsummer stretch of hot weather caused some ...


Round and round with food

By Dixie Burmeister

It all started when I was asked to one of those kitchen product parties. I had to go, you know, friends and all. So, with Christmas gifts in mind, off I went. The catalogues and order sheets came after dinner and lots of laughter. Flipping ...

WINE OPENERS: Loss for Plum Creek is gain for new college program

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

An unexpected loss for the Colorado wine industry turns out to be an equal win for the industry. It all is part of a career move by Jenne Baldwin-Eaton, the talented and award-winning winemaker at Plum Creek Cellars in Palisade. After 22 ...


Marvelous Mirepoix

By Suzanne Hanzl

A quick trip to Grand Mesa earlier this month confirmed what I had suspected. Fall is here. Fall is in the air and my cravings for fall fare are valid.  Fall is no doubt my favorite season and I do wish it could last forever, however, ...


The sweetness continues

By Dixie Burmeister

The Palisade Peach Recipe Contest and Festival is over, but the peach season isn’t. We’ve moved into the September peach season, filled with luscious varieties, some old favorites and many newer ones, all with that Palisade peach ...

Wine Openers: Are some wine awards woth more than others?

By Dave Buchanan

This year’s Colorado Governor’s Cup wine competition wound up Aug. 4 with Meadery of the Rockies in Palisade and Bookcliff Vineyards of Boulder sharing Best of Show in their respective divisions. A Strawberry Honey wine from the ...


Smack dab in the middle of tomato harvest, some suggestions on the best ways to enjoy them

By Suzanne Hanzl

Everywhere you turn this time of year you will find local, farm-fresh tomatoes. I am sad to say that our home garden was not a priority this year. We only have a few plants that are minimally producing but I am ever thankful for the ...


S’more and s’more: Celebrate this sweet, summertime treat by having some more

By Rachel Sauer

The ingredient list begins with “8 sticks,” and we’re not talking sticks of butter, but actual sticks off of a tree. Eight sticks. It’s a good start. Then 16 graham crackers, 8 bars plain chocolate (any of the good ...

There are a few gems among otherwise forgettable Brazilian wines

By Dave Buchanan

It’s estimated some 100,000 Americans are attending the ongoing Rio 2016 Summer Games. Other than wondering how many versions of the 1964 hit “Girl from Ipanema” will be played 24/7 to the delight of gringo tourists, ...


In advance of Palisade festival, chefs share recipes, tips about juicy fruit

By Dixie Burmeister

Does it get any peachier than this? That was my thought as I found myself at Palisade’s Riverbend Park surrounded by peach-passionate area chefs. Kristin Seltzer, Jon St. Peter, Lee Mathis, Lyle Shaw, Stacy Hinkle, Cole Householder, ...

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