Thursday, February 26, 2015

What Makes Colorado Wine Unique

BookCliff at Vina Cobos in Mendoza
It sounds boring, but the answer is what is in the soil and the climate, in other words the famous terroir. Colorado's Grand Valley AVA has its unique terroir, located in the former riverbed of the Colorado river characterized by a continental, arid climate and high elevation. During the summer and fall it is typical to experience high temperature swings between the daytime high and the nighttime low.
The higher elevation creates grapes with a thicker skin, especially noticeable in red grapes. The low night temperatures preserve the acidity in the fruit. The result is wine with some grit, more structure, tannins especially when young and higher acidity expressed in a crisp finish. All of this contributes to wine that ages well in the bottle and cellar. And can complement food very well.
I had to visit Argentina and specifically Mendoza to get a better understanding what makes Colorado wine taste different from Californian wine. Mendoza has a similar climate and soil as Colorado's grape country, high dessert, arid climate and similar soil. The highest elevation vineyards in Mendoza (Uco valley) are 4,900 feet, Palisade, CO is at 4,600 feet. All vineyards are irrigated in Mendoza, just as in Palisade. No wonder the red wines from Mendoza and Colorado taste similar.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Our Crew on the Bottling Line


At the winery today we bottled our extremely popular “Touch of Red” and the masses will go wild.  We have been out for a while and our club members have been clamoring for more.  We find the taste of strawberry really comes out and make this wine an extremely fun and drinkable adult beverage.  Our bottling crew is made up of musicians, experienced wine makers, retired IT Professionals and a linguist.  When we bottle wine we have a fun time and some of the fun seems to slip into the bottle along with the wine.  With Valentines day around the corner this wine would be a great way to end your meal with cheesecake with strawberries or strawberry shortcake.

-Ann Studwell

Great Adventures with BookCliff Vineyards

So far, this year has been a great adventure into 2015! We at BookCliff Vineyards took a trip to South America at the end of January and spent some time in beautiful Chile and Argentina! The wines were absolutely wonderful. We tried some Carmenere in Santa Cruz and had plenty of Malbec and Torrontes in Mendoza.What blew me away are the palace- like wineries built in the wine regions! These facilities are absolutely magnificent and built to hold 100's of guests at one time! To name a few, Catena Zapata, Finca Agostino, Bodegas Salentein, The Vines of Mendoza, Vina Cobos, Susana Balboa, Casa Silva and Casa Lapostolle. The architectural thought process put into these facilities are beyond sublime. The wines showcased were beautiful and we couldn't have asked for better hospitality! Going to South America anytime soon? Be sure to check these wineries out- you won't be disappointed!
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