Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Friday's Folly released in late August also doubles as our red keg wine currently served at Pizzeria Basta, Boulder and the newly opened Russell's Smokehouse in Denver. It is a fun wine that makes for easy drinking with its smooth finish, flavors of raspberries up front that turn into blackberries in the finish. It is an eclectic blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Frontenac, sourced from Eastern Colorado where you can grow French hybrids that are winter hardy. Our 2010 Reserve Syrah also received a mention in a list of Colorado wines that will help you to get over the first snowy day this season. Check out the article in the Cafe Society blog of Westword.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The last bottles of the 2009 Petite Sirah, which received the Jefferson Cup award, are gone. Onwards to the 2010 Petite Sirah, which has more intense flavors compared to the 2009. We held a preview of the 2010 Petite Sirah during the Feast in Field in Palisade in September. Then we paired the wine with Braised beef short ribs with Ratatouille, Talegio. It is definitely a wine with a lot of grip. Come into the tasting room and let us know what you think and what you would pair with it.
Friday, October 14, 2011
We released our 2010 Reserve Syrah and people love it. This Syrah is very elegant tasting more like a French Syrah. For lovers of our 2009 Reserve Syrah, that tasted more like an Australian Shiraz, I suggest to give the 2010 Syrah a try; you may like this elegant, yet fruity red wine. The 2010 Syrah pairs well with meat dishes, especially beef ribs. Come on into the tasting room and taste the Reserve Syrah yourself.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
This year BookCliff Vineyards was invited to be part of the Denver Harvest Week put on by EatDenver an association of independent, locally owned restaurants in Denver. The dinner was held at the Growhaus a refurbished green house growing vegetables for sale on premise or providing produce to local restaurants. The Growhaus is a non-profit organization thriving on community involvement providing healthy produce for their neighborhood where healthy food choices are hard to come by. The dinner was a cornucopia of flavors from Italian Salami, to Spanish blood sausage and pork tacos with white beans. Every dish had generous portions of pork including a rolled stuffed pork lion and ice cream with bacon bits. Everybody had a good time. There are still four evenings left to enjoy this fund. You can sign up here.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Right after the Palisade Winefest we started harvesting the grapes on September 20th. Since then we had a semi-truck load of grapes come to Front Range every week. We are still selling grapes to other wineries, but a lot less than in past years. But, if we have room on the truck we take grapes from other vineyards on the truck for their destination on the front range. For us the harvest is behind compared to the past two years. We also had some damage in our vineyards, especially Merlot and Chardonnay. This means fewer grapes than we would like to. This week we are picking Syrah and Viognier that will be crushed in the winery on Thursday 10/6/11. As you can tell Syrah has big berries that are not round but more tear drop shaped.