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FD: Wine Column January 14, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

Mid-winter is the time to slumber. As bears hibernate, my garden is buried under a foot of snow, flowers and vegetables awaiting the warm spring sun. The same is true in the cellars of most wineries. In the expanses of a winery’s ...

FD: Dixie Burmeister Column January 07, 2009

By Dixie Burmeister

The decorations are down, returns have been made and the candy, baked goods and other holiday treats are but a memory or at least out of sight. Now onto a celebration of one of my husband Fred’s favorites: Let’s hear it for ...

FD: Wine Column December 24, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

When an invitation came to attend a friend’s “Stray Cats” Christmas get-together, the third question (after “Where do you live?” and “What time?”) was, “What can I bring?” “Oh, I ...

FD: Wine Column December 10, 2008

By Dave Buchanan

Once or twice a week, I slip down the stairs into Sal Sassano’s basement where our 2008 syrah is sitting in glass carboys, perched on wooden shelves like choir boys peeking down from the loft. The wine still is fermenting and ...

FD: Dixie Burmeister Column December 03, 2008

By Dixie Burmeister

Thanksgiving turkey and leftovers should be but a memory by now. If they’re still in the frig, say goodbye and toss ‘em. Due to Thanksgiving insecurities, however, I have enough cranberries in the freezer to last until National ...

FD: Wine Column November 26, 2008

By Dave Buchanan

This is the holiday that wine lovers love to hate. You can’t cook a turkey or make the dressing and your gravy always turns out lumpy, so the family instead designates you the holiday wine steward. Suddenly, the squeeze is on. This ...


FD: Contest brings feel of old-fashioned Christmas in Palisade

By Dixie Burmeister

It all started at a Palisade Olde Fashioned Christmas meeting last year when the vision of building the Gingerbread House Contest to one with many entries and categories came into being and into my hands. A Gingerbread House Contest and ...

FD: Dixie Burmeister Column November 19, 2008

By Dixie Burmeister

Say it isn’t so! Can Thanksgiving really be next week? The answer, of course, is a resounding “yes!” The Fasken family from Palisade is going over the mountains and through the hills to grandmother’s house for a ...

FD: Wine Column November 12, 2008

By Dave Buchanan

There’s a dustup on the wine blogging trail and it all has to do with ethics, perceived, actual and otherwise. The background in a wine glass: Earlier this summer, Rodney Strong Vineyards sent wine blogger Jeff Lefevere ...

FD: Hats off to the chef

By Staff

Any culinary student can try out for the team, but there is still one ultimate test of dedication. “Can you get up at 5 in the morning?” asked Jon St. Peter, faculty member at Western Colorado Community College and coach of the ...

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