Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Menu for the Spring Barrel Tasting at BookCliff Vineyards

BookCliff Vineyards’ Spring Barrel Tasting
We are inviting you to join us for our Annual Spring Barrel Tasting. This is your opportunity to taste the emerging wines as they age in the barrel as well as compare wine aged in different types of barrels. We will also taste current releases for your enjoyment. This is a five course sit-down dinner and each wine will be perfectly matched with gourmet dishes prepared by Eric Skokan, chef and owner of the Black Cat Farm Bistro in Boulder. Two dates are available for you to choose from. The dinners will be held on Friday 5/1/15 and Saturday 5/2/15. Don’t miss this great event and get your tickets now.
Date: Friday, 5/1/2015 & Saturday, 5/2/2015
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $75.00
Location: 1501 Lee Hill Road, #17, Boulder, CO 80304
Reservations: http://bookcliffvineyards.com/events/

Prosciutto, burnet, shaved turnip, oyster foam paired with 2013 Cabernet Franc Reserve: old vs new barrel
Olive Flan, dried tomato, spring oregano, lavender paired with 2013 Syrah Reserve: different barrel types
Smoked Mulefoot pork roasted on a bed of rosemary, morels stuffed with smoked pork, white polenta, beets, escarole paired 2014 Malbec: French vs American Oak
Roasted Lamb, cocoa, parsnip puree, grilled spring onions paired with 2014 Merlot: different vineyard blocks
Chocolate tart, strawberry, candied lovage, smoked white chocolate paired with Souzao

Friday, April 17, 2015

BookCliff Barrel Tasting Dinner

To everyone who has been excited about tasting new vintage wines straight from the barrel, BookCliff Vineyards will be hosting their Annual Spring Barrel Dinner in May! This is a time to experience the art and crafting of wine. We are pleased with the wines and how they are developing and softening in the barrels, and can't wait for you to try them! All of our red wines will see barrel for at least 6 months and some up to 18 months. Using both French and American oak, we can't be happier with the integration of soft, toasted vanilla notes and fruit! Our Assistant Winemaker, Justin, is constantly checking the aging wine and tasting them with John to make sure they are developing as expected.
For more information about making a reservation for the dinner, click here.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Wine in the Spring

BookCliff Vineyards is busy topping off barrels, filtering and bottling wine, and labeling the next vintage! Justin and Will have been a part of BookCliff's wine maintenance and health throughout the years. It is important to monitor the wine as it ages in barrel. Important tasks such as topping off keep the wine from oxidizing. Other duties of a winemaker during this time include walking the vineyards and checking for bud break to determine fruit production. John finds himself visiting Palisade often and talking with our vineyard manager, Prescott, about maintaining the vines as they start to see buds. So far, 2015 is turning out to be a great year for vineyard managers in Palisade! We are looking forward to a great harvest!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

BookCliff at Taste of Pearl in Boulder

BookCliff Vineyards will be part of Taste of Pearl again.
On Sunday, April 19 during Downtown Boulder’s Taste of Pearl attendees will stroll along Pearl Street – in and out of well-known businesses including while tantalizing their taste buds with offerings from some of the town’s  most well-recognized and award-winning restaurants.  While attendees revel in the heavenly food from trailblazers in Boulder’s culinary scene, they will also enjoy distinctive Colorado wines.
This year’s event is on track to sell out prior to the event date.  Tickets and additional information can be found online at TasteOfPearl.com.   
A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFFA), a local non-profit helping those in Boulder and Broomfield counties whose immediate need for food, shelter and other basic necessities cannot adequately be met by other means.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

First Friday at BookCliff Vineyards

First Friday is back for April with art on display from Jane Braley, wine and cheese flights to snack on and cool Jazz to listen to starting at 6:00pm.
The NoBo Art District has become a hot spot to hang out on the First Friday, walking for studio and business to studio meeting the artist. This is a neighborhood event to be part of. Come join us at BookCliff Vineyards from 6:00pm to 9:00pm . Food truck on site.
Check out the map for participating studios and businesses.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Colorado Terroir Similar to Argentina

It is all in the soil. And the climate. And not to forget the elevation. When we visited the vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina we were surprised to find similar growing conditions. Sandy loam soil with rocks embedded and a dry, arid climate requiring irrigation during the entire growing season. Argentina, especially in the Uco valley can boast more rocks, through the rocks are fewer in Colorado they are bigger. Both areas depend on the run off from the snow pack in the mountains, which feeds into the Colorado river and flows right through Palisade. In Mendoza the consensus is that grapes grown in higher elevations make better wine. The highest locations in the Uco valley, 45 minutes South of Mendoza are at 4900 feet. The BookCliff Vineyards in Palisade are at 4600 feet. As a result Colorado wines taste more like the wines in Mendoza than in California and the same grape varieties are used to make world class wine - Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Grape Varieties that do well in Colorado and Argentina

Not surprising the grape varieties that thrive in Argentina also thrive in Colorado. These are Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc and also Merlot. When it comes to white varieties, Chardonnay comes out at the top. As Malbec is not as cold hardy as Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, Malbec grows more successfully in Mendoza where the winters are warmer compared to Palisade. The wines made from Malbec are beautiful in both places. Colorado has carved out itself a niche with Cabernet Franc which has been recognized as the signature red grape in Colorado. Mendoza is just discovering Cabernet Franc as an alternative to Malbec.