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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 ...


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 ...

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