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Apr

Wednesday Wisdom: Washington Wine

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Though famous for their rain and coffee, Washington has become the second-largest wine producing state in the United States, only behind California. German and Italian immigrants planted wine grapes in the 1860’s, but it wasn’t until a century later that winemaking took off. Since 1960, over 900 wineries have opened in Washington with over 50,000 acres of vineyards. Washington is interesting because while they have 50,000+ acres of vineyards, there are wineries that are separate from the vineyard and vineyards that sell grapes to multiple wineries. This is especially true for the wineries on the western side of the state where the amount of rain makes growing grapes difficult.   When they first came on the scene, Washington was well […]

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21
Apr

Rosé All Day Every Day

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Rosé is no longer just a season. It’s been a long time coming, but the time has come to enjoy Rosé all year round. We often associate rosé with a summer drink. It seemed only acceptable to drink it during the warmer months. But times, they are a changing. While rosé is more of a crisp wine, and is nice on a warm spring day, it’s no different than drinking a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc in the winter. And since we live in a state that has over 300 days of sunshine, there is no reason to be contained to just a few months to enjoy a bottle of rosé.   One of the reasons that we may think […]

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19
Apr

Colorado Winery Spotlight: The Infinite Monkey Theorem

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With their unforgettable name and canned wine, TheInfinite Monkey Theorem has made a name for themselves not just in Denver, but throughout the states. Along with an additional location in Austin, they pride themselves on making their wine accessible to everyone and making wine drinking comfortable and enjoyable.   Ben Parsons, CEO and Winemaker, opened The Infinite Monkey Theorem in 2008 originally in the Santa Fe Arts District. “Ben had always had a passion in the wine industry,” Nicki McTague, VP of Corporate Operations, said, and unfortunately, it was the loss of Ben’s father that really pushed him to open the winery. Ben, originally from England, did a lot of his schooling in Australia and New Zealand, and then he […]

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16
Apr

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Cabernet Sauvignon   Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that you see everywhere, but otherwise may not know much about. The cabernet sauvignon grape is the love child between sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc; it is a full-body red that is incredibly tannic, but also layered and powerful. Because of the tannins, Cabernet Sauvignon has the ability to age well once it’s bottled, though this isn’t to say it can’t be consumed right away. The other characteristic that sets cabernet sauvignon apart from other wines is its distinct flavors and aromas. Black current and black cherry are the two you’ll likely pick up first, but it also often contains hints of tobacco, licorice, green bell pepper, and cigar amongst others. […]

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12
Apr

Wednesday Wisdom: Italian Wine

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  Italy: home to gelato, Maserati, and 20 regions that produce wine. With over 370 wine grapes indigenous to Italy and over 1.5 million acres of vineyards, there is no shortage of wine or its history.   The history of winemaking in Italy goes back thousands of years. While producing wine there is a lifestyle, it wasn’t Italians who originally started the winemaking process in Italy. The Greeks brought their winemaking skills to southern Italy and Sicily, while the Etruscans started producing wine in central Italy. Then the Romans took the process and ran with it. As population increased so did demand; they began to export wine throughout Europe and soon other regions adopted their winemaking process. Though, that process […]

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09
Apr

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Riesling   Riesling is one of the most versatile wines in the world. Though it hails from Germany, the grapes can be found in regions all over the world. Because Riesling grapes are grown in different areas, it is made in different styles; the wine tends to reflect the region from which it comes. While it may be made in different styles, the same characteristics tend to carry throughout: high acidity, low alcohol, and aromatic. Riesling often carries the fruity aromas of peaches, melons, apricots, and apples. It’s a light, refreshing wine that smells good and is easy on your taste buds. Where Riesling really gets interesting is when the topic of dry or sweet wine comes up. Riesling […]

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05
Apr

Colorado Winery Spotlight: Wild Women Wine

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  Since they opened ten years ago, Wild Women Wine has been a staple in the Denver urban winery scene. Owners Charlene and Ross (the winemaker of it all) are getting ready to celebrate the ten year anniversary of being open; in that time they’ve seen the Colorado Wine scene grow and boutique wineries make their mark. When they started out as a Denver urban winery, as Charlene said, “we knew that we wanted to be someplace that a) had high foot traffic, and b) people were going to be surprised to see the word winery,” but when they rebranded as Wild Women Wine about five years ago, they would never have guessed at just how appealing the name would […]

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02
Apr

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Sangiovese   One of the most popular varietals of Italy, Sangiovese grapes are grown in the Tuscany region of central Italy and are used to produce great wines such as Chianti, Vino Nobile do Montepulciano, and Brunello di Montalcino. Though mostly grown in Tuscany, the Sangiovese grapes are used for wines in the regions of Umbria and Emilia-Romagna, and are now being seen in different parts of the world – California, Australia, and Argentina for example. What’s interesting about the Sangiovese grape is that research has found one of its parent grapes to be the Calabrese di Montenuovo in southern Italy. There are different mutations of the grape as it can alter its genetics to fit its environment. However, […]

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29
Mar

Wednesday Wisdom: Colorado Wine

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As you may have noticed after being on our site for five seconds, we here at Mile High Wine Tours really like wine. More specifically, we like Colorado Wine. When you think of alcohol made in Colorado, you tend to think of beer or whiskey, but Colorado has really come into its own as it puts itself on the winemaking map. Sure, Colorado winemaking hasn’t been around as long as California or Italy, but that doesn’t mean anything to the quality of wine it’s producing.   The history of Colorado winemaking goes all the way back to the late 1800’s to early 1900’s when European settlers brought their viticulture tradition with them. During that time, the grape harvest had nearly […]

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27
Mar

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that you see on every wine list at every restaurant, but it may not be one you know much about. The Sauvignon Blanc grape originated in the Loire Valley having been made popular there and in the Bordeaux region of France. It’s translation means ‘wild white’ as the term Sauvignon translates from sauvage in French, meaning wild. When you have a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, you are literally having a glass of wild wine. This makes sense given what flavors can be found in this wine. Sauvignon Blanc is a more acidic, dry wine while fruit flavors and herbal notes can always be detected. It can be described as a ‘green’ wine, […]

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