Those who call northern Wales home will think of Trawsfynydd as a village. Those who call Colorado home will scratch their heads in wonder as they try to pronounce the name on the label of a rich red wine blend from Sutcliffe Vineyards.
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It’s easy to enjoy the 2006 Mesa Park Vineyards Merlot. It’s just a nice, easy-going Merlot that has spent the last five years in barrel and bottle, mellowing out to an everyday drinking wine.
Some still question whether Pinot Noir is a viable grape option in Colorado. Well, it is in Paonia most years. Need proof?
If you visit the aging fruit packing plant that serves as the home to Woody Creek Cellars winery, you get the feeling like the world of iPads and smart phones has passed winemaker Kevin Doyle by. Maybe that’s a good thing. His wines are done in classic, old world style and reek of the earth as much as the fruits, acids and wood treatments
How do you know a wine is young? A label Scotch taped onto the bottle is usually a good indication. Guy Drew, the winemaker and owner of his namesake winery, sent his 2009 Merlot a month prior to release. Hence the tape job (the wine will be released June 4 at the Manitou Springs Wine [...]
The state’s oldest winery is Colorado Cellars, an operation that’s been churning out Colorado wines since the 1970s. If you ask during a visit to the tasting room, you can see a bottle of 1978 Mesa County Cabernet Sauvignon, which is almost certainly the oldest bottle in Colorado. You can also purchase the state’s youngest [...]
When is a Cabernet Franc not a Cabernet Franc? Technically, never. If the grape is in the wine, then the wine is the grape. Or something like that. But ask Kenn Dunn about a typical Cabernet Franc and he’ll sputter. There’s nothing normal in his mind when it comes to a vintner’s wine, and his [...]
When you crack a bottle of Mesa Park Vineyards wine, you should know what you are going to get: A big, Bordeaux-style red. Producers of just Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the choices at this family-run vineyard in Palisade are limited. That’s OK, because they can make all three well. The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon [...]
Tyrel Lawson is three winemakers all wrapped into one. He’s the man behind Two Rivers Winery first and foremost, but on an given day he might also dabble with Colterris Wines (Bordeaux-style reds) on behalf of a client or his very own brand, Kahil Winery, which just released its first vintage this summer, a 2009 [...]
If I were to ask Jackie Thompson to name one wine she could not live without, my guess is she would say a Bordeaux. That’s just a hunch based on more than a few tastings of her Boulder Creek Winery wines. She loves the grapes from one of the most famous wine regions in the [...]