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Winemakers’ pursuit: How to make Colorado wine taste like Colorado

By Dave Buchanan

One of the first comments you sometimes hear from visitors to Colorado’s wine country goes something along the lines of “this is good, but it doesn’t taste like a California Cabernet Sauvignon.” Or like a Pinot Noir, ...

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Inspire your meals with chilled or grilled foods

By Suzanne Hanzl

Bring on the soup, but make sure it’s cold! When most of us think of summer fare, we think of barbecue and grilling. I do also, however when the temperatures are in the 100s, I think the less heat the better. No, that does not mean ...


Cheers! Italian Sangria?

By Charles Ashby

Italian sangria? Never heard of it, but apparently if one just puts the words “Mamma Mia” in front of “Sangria,” it exists. Sangria, as everyone knows, is more of a beverage from Spain and Portugal. Generally, ...

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Local wine fests begin, starting at Powderhorn

By Dave Buchanan

Earlier this month it was the North Fork Valley winemakers and the West Elk AVA that had this column’s attention at the well-attended North Fork Uncorked wine event. Now, it’s time for the Grand Valley and other regional wineries ...

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By Suzanne Hanzl

When many people think of lavender, they envision purple flowers, soap, oils and candles. When I think of lavender, I think lemonade, cookies and crme brulee. No surprise right? Well, I am here to tell you that if you have not experienced ...


Cheers! Red Bugs

By Charles Ashby

Red bugs OK, so we’re more than a month past Negroni Week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix gin, sweet vermouth and Campari into a traditional cocktail glass, drink, and then give to your favorite charity. That’s ...


Wine tasting a big part of Mesa County Fair

By Dave Buchanan

Among the baby rabbits, carnie rides and a cherry pie or two, this year’s Mesa County Fair again features a wine tasting. This will be second such tasting, complete with the sniffing, swirling and contented grins amidst the normal ...


Cheers! Singing Sangrita

By Nick Riddle

Singing Sangrita Thursday nights are Karaoke Night at Sabrosa Bar and Restaurant. It’s a time when the fearless, wannabe stars and starlets dig their over-enthusiastic claws into their reserved, wallflower friends and drag them on ...

YOU CAN DO IT Canning appliances offer options, ease in food preservation process

By Dixie Burmeister

The world of canning and preserving foods has not been left behind by technology. The industry is quickly moving to accommodate all types of lifestyles and ages with appliances and tools to streamline the process of food preservation. Ball ...

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Sudden heat provides a lift for vineyards in Colorado

By Dave Buchanan

The sudden burst of tropic heat arriving in mid-June was just what the region’s wine-grape growers were waiting for. A cool and wetter-than-normal May restored ground moisture to the point many growers just now are turning irrigation ...

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