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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 ...

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 ...

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