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WINE OPENERS: A toast to amateur winemakers

By Dave Buchanan

Winemaking in Colorado never rests, as you might surmise if you’ve visited any of the local wineries since late October and witnessed the flurry of post-crush activity. A similar flurry occupies the hundreds (a guess that’s ...


It’s tradition: Memories abound when it comes to holiday food

By Dixie Burmeister

Holiday food traditions come from many sources, parents, other family members, friends, old cookbooks from churches or clubs, the back of food packages and, of course, dear Betty Crocker and The Daily Sentinel. I found my date bar recipe on ...


Two easy ways to carve a turkey

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Chef Wayne Smith demonstrates two easy ways to carve your holiday turkey.  ...


Not so fast, turkey: Try another bird — pheasant

By Staff

The jack-o’-lanterns are still fresh, Halloween costumes have yet to be packed away, the profits of treating are still in their wrappers and I am hearing turkey talk. What’s happening here? Hold on — I need a breather!  ...


Pop the cork on another good Western Slope grape harvest

By Dave Buchanan

A note from the trade: Among the vinous social media sites I visit is a recent post from the much-respected writer Alfonso Cevola, who says new-gen wine directors appear to be ignoring “iconic and traditional” wines and ...


Twists on Thanksgiving ideas

By Dixie Burmeister

As plans for Thanksgiving dinner abound, the leftovers — or “planned overs,” as I call them — are often looked forward to as much as the big meal itself.  Do you have visions of your favorite turkey sandwiches, ...

Enjoyment of wine often a communal, sensory experience

By Dave Buchanan

The seasonal drop in temperature has brought a flurry of activity to grape growers concerned about finishing harvest before the heavy freeze arrives. “I thought it would be bad (Thursday) night but it got to only maybe 31 or so,” ...


Crowd-pleasing cuisine

By Suzanne Hanzl

An exciting upcoming event here in the Grand Valley sparked my interest in setting out to find what most people consider their favorite family meals. And most importantly to me, why? So an informal poll began. I happened to have a lunch date ...

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 ...

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