Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More Gift Ideas from BookCliff Vineyards

We thought of you and that you may be looking for a special gift for a wine lover. How's about combining the gift giving with your love for the local. We put some great gift ideas together for you. The Finali port with four exquisite chocolate truffles from Concertos in Chocolate made right here in Boulder. Or how's about this special bottle of wine with the Crystal Pourers and a wine stopper? If you like the Friday's Folly why not surprise someone with a bottle and a BookCliff logo glass. Come on into the tasting room and pick your perfect gift.

Treat yourself or give a gift

BookCliff Vineyards and Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy are collaborating and presenting a Cheese and Wine Pairing classes. The classes will be held  at the BookCliff winery on 1501 Lee Hill Road, Unit #17 starting in January 2013 through March 2013 on Fridays from 5:30pm through 7:30pm. This is an opportunity to hear from the Haystack cheese monger explaining the different types of cheeses and their flavors. And the winemaker will talk about making  wine from 100% Colorado grown grapes. You will be able to taste how the right pairings bring out the best in the wine and cheese. Through December 3rd, sign up for a special price through LivingSocial.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

We Won a Jefferson Cup!

The Ensembel 2010 has won a Jefferson Cup in the Thirteenth Annual Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition. The Jefferson Cup is basically the equivilent of a double gold medal or "a Sweepstakes Winner" in most competitions and is judged by some of the most experienced judges in the business. Invitations for this competition are offered to 500 wineries throughout America and out of those only 29 individual wines won a cup. Other Jefferson cup winners this year include well-known names like Cakebread Cellars, Michael David Winery and Rodney Strong Vineyards. We are very proud of this Bordeaux blend and would love to share it with you; come in to the tasting room to try it this weekend!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Flagstaff Star Wine is Available

As our holiday tradition we release the Flagstaff Star wine every year. This year the wine is the 2010 Ensemble, a gold medal winner at the 2012 Governor's Cup and a Jefferson Cup winner at the Thirteenth Annual Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition. The label shows the beautiful oil painting from Sallie Smith, a Boulder artist. We used this image back in 2005, and the wine we chose back then was the 2003 Ensemble. This is our tenth year of supporting the Flagstaff Star fund . This year especially it will be helpful, as for the first time in many years the Flagstaff Star was vandalized again. BookCliff Vineyards donates $1.00 for each bottle of the Flagstaff Star wine sold. The total donation will pay for the utility bill to light the Flagstaff Star for one season. Create your collection of uniquely labelled wine or give it as a holiday gift to a co-worker, friend or relative. The Flagstaff Sar wine is available at our tasting room and also at the following local liquor stores:
Superior Liquor
100 Superior Plaza Way
Superior, CO 80027

Boulder Wine Merchant
2690 Broadway St  Boulder, CO 80304
(303) 443-6761

Pettyjohn's Liquor and Wine
613 S. Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305,
(303) 499-2337

Harvest Wine & Spirits
3075 Arapahoe Avenue  Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 447-9832

Baileys Wine & Spirits
4800 Baseline Road  Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 494 3685

Liquor Mart
1750 15th Street  Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 449-3374

Friday, November 9, 2012

Going Local....

As a local business we automatically support going local. But why exactly? How does supporting local businesses benefit our community? We know that our livelihood and business depend on people that support us, so in return we try to source as locally as possible, but it's much bigger than that.  Local Food Shift is an organization built on getting the answers to those questions out. Those answers focus on health, the environment and the economy. As far as our health, locally sourced foods need less preservatives and chemicals, creating a better diet for our communities. Although, the drawback is accepting seasonally available items. According to their brochure, Thinking Like a Foodshed, environmentally " the way we currently grow, process, ship, market, and cook our food may be contributing more than 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions." By exporting close to 95% of the food we grow here in Colorado we are using more fossil fuels than would ever be needed to distribute within the state, "less than two percent of our total food production in the county [Boulder] is going to feed the people who actually live there". By keeping some of our food production in county and state we're feeding the communities that grew it, and saving money.  Finally, and probably the most compelling reason is shifting to locally sourced food helps our state economy. The result of shifting local by 25%: 31,022 new jobs, $1.3 Billion per year in additional wages, $2.2 Billion per year in Local GDP, and $198 Million per year in State and Local Tax Revenues. Local Food Shift is asking all of us in colorado to pledge on their website, LocalFoodShift.com, that you will make 10% of your family food budget local. We're going to give it a go, why don't you? Write us on facebook or comment here. Let us know what you think, and if you've pledged, how it's going. Let's keep our community conversation going!

Local Food Shift. Thinking Like a Foodshed. Boulder: Local Food Shift, 2012. Print.