Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ten Year Anniversary

In 1999 BookCliff Vineyards was federally licensed in the basement of our house and we released the 1998 Chardonnay made from our first harvest in our vineyard in Palisade. The past decade has seen us grow in many ways. We planted our first six acres in 1996 and now own and operate over thirty acres. Last September, the winery literally moved out of the basement into a commercial location in North Boulder that is also home to the tasting room. This year will see our largest production of wine with close to 3,000 cases up from 200 in the first couple years.

We couldn't have done this without you. As a thank you we are throwing an Anniversary Party to celebrate with you. On Saturday, November 7, we will have food, live music and 15% off all wine purchases. We will also have a silent auction of our library wine featuring some of the outstanding wine from the past ten vintages. All proceeds from this auction will go to the WAT Business Services whose mission is "To provide a wide array of employment opportunities for chronically mentally ill adults that will give them self esteem, social meaning and self worth". We really hope you can join us to make this fundraiser and anniversary a huge success.

Date: Saturday, November 7
Time: 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Place: The winery and Tasting Room at 1501 Lee Hill Road #17, Boulder, CO 80304

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Crush is Over

It's been a fun season of crushing and pressing grapes but it has now come to an end. The past few weeks have been filled with long days, purple-stained clothes and sticky floors but now all the 2009 wines are in stainless tanks finishing up the last stages of fermentation. 2009 is turning out to be a great vintage, with all the wines tasting great and having great color in the reds. We are making a few new wines this year as well. From our 33 acres we got our first harvest of Malbec grapes. This is also our first year making Petite Sirah and we increased the amount of Tempranillo and Muscat Blanc that we crushed. These wines have a long road ahead of them before bottling but it looks like they are going to be some great ones. Here is a photo of John explaining our new crusher-destemmer (what a dream machine!) and a load of Viognier grapes waiting to be pressed.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

New Place To Find Us In Fort Collins

Jay's Bistro in Fort Collins now serves BookCliff! Head over to Jay's Bistro and Jazz Lounge during happy hour to enjoy BookCliff Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon by the glass. They have an amazing food menu for happy hour and pair that with some live jazz music...can't beat it. Try the Hoisin BBQ Spare Ribs or the Serrano Ham, Gruyere & Spinach Flour Tortilla Pizza with our Cab Sauv and you won't be disappointed. Happy hour at Jay's is Monday thru Friday 4-6:30pm - and all night on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Check out for more info and music schedule. Don't forget to go to to see a full list of stores in your area. Jay's Bistro is located at 135 W.Oak in Fort Collins, CO 80524, and the phone number is 970.482.1876.