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21
Jun

Colorado Winery Spotlight: Kingman Estate Winery

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Kingman Winery is an urban Denver winery opened by Doug and Karen Kingman in 2012. They originally started in the Grand Valley area of Colorado when they purchased land, with the idea to grow their own grapes. Though their own grapes had not started growing yet, they purchased grapes from other growers and started making their wine. Eventually, they decided owning land wasn’t the way they wanted to go. Between commuting still from Denver and finding that owning land and growing grapes was too much, Doug and Karen decided to sell their land and open Kingman in Denver.   Doug had wanted a job that he could still do once he retired and opening a winery allowed him to do […]

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14
Jun

Colorado Winery Spotlight: Balistreri Vineyards

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Since opening their doors in 1998, Balistreri Vineyards has truly been a family affair. There are currently three generations involved in the process – from making the wine to giving tours of the barrel room. John Balistreri and his wife are the owners, with John being the winemaker as well. Julie, whom we spoke to, says her official title is the “winemaker’s daughter,” meaning she wears a lot of different hats. And there are the grandkids who also work and help out. The family feel also goes into how they treat their customers. As Julie tells us, “when folks come here, we like to treat them like family.” They want their customers to feel at home when they come in […]

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11
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Pinot Noir   Nearly 2000 years ago, pinot noir originated in France. Over the course of that time, it has become that parent (and grandparent) to many other grapes and has been cloned hundreds of times. (VinePair has an excellent in depth history of pinot noir if you’re interested in learning more.) Pinot noir is considered to be one of the hardest grapes to grow and turn into wine. It grows well in cool climates – it doesn’t fare well in climate changes – and the grape is susceptible to diseases and oxidization. That being said, when a good pinot noir is made, it is a good pinot noir. It is one of the lighter red wines out there, […]

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31
May

Colorado Winery Spotlight: Bigsby’s Folly

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The Winemaking Though Bigsby’s Folly is a Colorado winery, there will be some love for California as well. Rather than producing wine in just Colorado, they will also make wine in Napa and Sonoma, California. Because of the location of their productions, they will have two winemakers – Chris Nelson and Brian Graham. Locally, Chris will make the Colorado wines, while Brian will be out in California.   “Because wineries no longer need to be tethered to where the grapes are growing, […] by having an urban winery, we can really source the best fruit that we can,” explains Marla. Because Chad and Marla wanted to “keep a close tie to Napa and Sonoma,” having two winemakers allows them to […]

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28
May

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Tempranillo Known for being Spain’s most famous red grape, tempranillo is used to make a large variety of Spanish red wines. It is the main grape in the region of Rioja and the main grape in Rioja wine, which some compare to Burgundy. While the grape is often used in blended Spanish wines, non-blended tempranillo is being produced more now. (It is also produced simply as a tempranillo wine in other countries as well.) Various clones have come to adapt to the different Spanish regions, and because of this, wines can seem so different despite using the same grape. This red wine is consistently well balanced and the amount of tannins allows it to age for longer periods. Tempranillo […]

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17
May

Colorado Winery Spotlight: Bigsby’s Folly

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Introduction   Bigsby’s Folly is Denver’s newest winery. With the Roaring ‘20s and prohibition as their inspiration, they are looking to hit the ground running when they open in June. Husband and wife, Chad and Marla, were looking for a change of pace when they started their second careers. They had always wanted to open a winery in Napa, but with Napa having Napa prices, they decided Denver was the perfect fit.   With the help of their winemakers, Brian Graham and Chris Nelson, wine will be made both in Colorado and Napa. Brian will stay in California and produce their wines there, while Chris will be in charge of the Colorado winemaking. If wine is not your thing (we’ll […]

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14
May

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Syrah   Syrah, also known as shiraz, is one of the darkest red wines – darker than cabernet sauvignon. Syrah originated in France and in certain small wine districts in the Rhône Valley, like Hermitage, the only red grape allowed is syrah. When the grapes were planted in Australia and the wine was made there, Australian wine makers took to calling it shiraz (shiraz is Australia’s most famous red wine). In some countries like South Africa and the United States, this wine can go by either syrah or shiraz, depending on the winemaker’s preference, but they are the same wine. Consistently, syrah is a full-bodied wine with medium to high tannins. Because of the amount of tannins, syrah contains […]

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07
May

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio   Pinot gris, which is the same grape variety as the pinot grigio, is a “grey” grape that is a mutation of the Pinot grape. The grape originated in France, and while they are the same grape, their styles differ. There are the Alsace Pinot Gris wines, which are like their Alsace namesake – more full-body, spicier, and complex. Then there’s the Italian style pinot grigio wines and those made like it, which are lighter and not as complex. Like other wines, the location of the grape can alter the taste. A pinot grigio from Italy will taste different that a pinot gris from France, which can taste different than a pinot gris from Canada. However, […]

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03
May

Colorado Winery Spotlight: Bonacquisti Wine Company

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Open a decade in the small Denver neighborhood of Sunnyside, Bonacquisti Wine Company have cemented themselves as a great part of the Colorado wine scene. Paul Bonacquisti, founder and winemaker, comes from a long-line of winemakers. “I grew up making wine as a family hobby. So I learned from my dad, who passed it on from my grandfather, who came from Italy,” he says. He had a job in radio, but when they switched formats and no longer needed him, he got his Certified Sommelier certification and went back to his winemaking roots.   The idea to open an urban winery was a bit of a no brainer. He lived in the area and didn’t want to move, farming isn’t […]

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30
Apr

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Malbec   When I think of malbec, I think of the alluring wine from Argentina. In actuality, malbec originated in France where it is used as a blending grape amongst four others to make a red Bordeaux. The grape made its way to Argentina in the late 1800’s and it is now the leading grape for red wines there. As oppose to its usage in France, the malbec grape in Argentina is used to make pure malbec wine. While the majority of malbec comes from Argentina, and some still comes from its origin place, malbec grapes can also be found in the United States, Chile, and South Africa. Malbec tends to be lower in acidity and has medium tannins, […]

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