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Gordon King Tomato


By Dixie Burmeister

Gordon King has no real backyard, just enough space to place a single line of five raised beds along a fence. The sun shines on that area behind King’s house from sunrise until about 3:00 p.m. and yet, he has harvested more than 414 ...

WINE OPENERS: Fruit thriving despite slow start to grow

By Dave Buchanan

With the sun burning holes in the smoky blue sky and the temperature climbing upward of 90 degrees, winemaker-turned-tractor-driver Bennett Price unrolled 12-foot-wide scrolls of bird netting. As Price slowly moved the yellow Ford tractor ...

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All-American   HAMBURGER

By Suzanne Hanzl

If you know me well, or maybe even if you don’t, you know that I am not a huge fan of hamburgers. Ham, yes. Hamburgers, no. I did not grow up eating them, and I am not even sure why. We were an all-American family who enjoyed many of ...


Cocktail: Sour grapes

By Charles Ashby

Sour grapes You know how they say that if life gives you lemons, you make lemonade? Forget that Pollyanna garbage. I’ve got something better. If life gives you lemons, go down to Peach Street Distillers, 144 S. Kluge Ave., in ...

Wine Openers: Colorado wines, and the concept of ‘terroir’

By Dave Buchanan

The question of what role terroir plays in winemaking, and if there really is something Colorado winemakers can claim as a distinctive terroir, can’t be answered easily. Supporters of “terroir,” the concept that the place a ...


Cheers! Bloody madness

By Charles Ashby

Bloody madness Last week, the “other guy” who contributes to this space, Nick Riddle, wrote a piece on this very drink. But as the senior drinker, er writer, I offer this as a better way to describe the Bloody Mary at Peach ...

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Students follow passion using peaches

By Dixie Burmeister

The middle of summer is here with the Palisade Peach Festival just a week away and many area students already back in school. Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College resume classes after the festival and a couple of ...

Cheers! Drink your veggies

By Nick Riddle

DRINK YOUR VEGGIES If you are reading this column, I think it’s fair to assume you are old enough to drink. With that assumption in place, I’ll make two more. One, you’ve probably gone a little too crazy with the ...

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 ...

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