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Home to about 75% of Colorado’s wineries, Grand Valley, west of Grand Junction at 4,700 feet, has some of the highest vineyards in the world. It also has a unique microclimate and terrain. The valley, running east-west, was carved out by rivers, leaving the deep canyons and sharp escarpments that border the appellation. This landscape allows for superior air drainage, reducing the frost risk at this high elevation. During the growing season, the region enjoys hot and dry days, with a good amount of sunshine hours. Nighttime temperatures drop rapidly, allowing the grapes to maintain high acidity, which is essential to quality wine production. Winter temperatures are quite mild, often above the freezing mark. The history of viticulture here goes back to the late 1800s. Governor George A. Crawford planted a 60-acre vineyard here in 1890, and by 1910 the state had over 1,000 growers, most of them located in the Grand Valley region. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Debeque Canyon Winery

    DeBeque Canyon Winery is located in the Grand Valley Appellation in the heart of Colorado's fruit...

  • Whitewater Hill

    Whitewater Hill Vineyards produces classic varietal wines at our farm winery overlooking our vine...

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  • Just when we thought this much fun couldn’t possibly continue we had day three.Started off with another fine breakfast at our B&B to lay in a good base and then off to our first appointment at Emeritus. Our enthusiastic host Laurel started us off with a taste of their Hallberg Ranch pinot and a tour of the vineyard and winery. This was followed ... Read More

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  • I think even you, Fox, are thinking too much within CA. There are more-than-well-drinkable cab blends for less than $25, just not that many from CA or even WA.Go here for five pages of cab blends between $10 and $25 from as good an online vendor as you are likely to find (I prefer them *greatly* to Total): K&L Wines. I'll cull through a few of t... Read More

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  • Here's a great way to enjoy your grocery shopping trip (Wegmans near Potomac Mills in Virginia) - stop by a nice wine bar for an early dinner before heading over to buy enough food to get you through another week.  This afternoon, after watching our grand kids for about 3.5 hours, we dined at the Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar.  They had a ... Read More

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  • Oh dear, more good French wines well under $20, even after import across the Atlantic. I'm liking Chambers Street more and more, the more I visit their offerings. These guys seem to understand wine in ways that I do and like. In their essay below there's a link to a current Asimov article on Muscadet. It's also well worth jumping to and reading.... Read More

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  • Sandra and I enjoyed a very nice wine dinner with our neighbors Debbie & Rick last night.  This was Sandra's first time in their house and after the grand tour and a review of many special wines, we started out with Rick's killer martinis.  I was already starting to feel that when he popped the cork on this 2012 Robert Young Chardonnay (picture ... Read More

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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their absolute drinking prime. Wish the shop was just down the street from me, rather than the ones that are. But then I'd have to live in NYC.  ;-(I love it when a guy drops 100 cases on a shop, just to 'make some space" in his cellar. Wonder what's going to be filling th... Read More

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  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to create a winery in Los Angeles, on the banks of the Los Angeles river, on the edge of what was once the greatest grape growing region in the whole country. I aim to have this winery up and running by harvest 2015. I have made great progress already and will devote much ... Read More

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  • Two exciting things happened today.  First, I picked up my WTSO order that was placed yesterday - four bottles of 2012 Castlebank Cabernet Sauvignon 'Vivian's Vineyard' from Dry Creek Valley for the grand total of $56.  I opened one bottle just to taste it and it's decent.  I'll have some more when I have a nice steak to grill.Second, I did anot... Read More

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  • Ah, charbono.... mmmmmm....Inglenook and cases and cases of the stuff back in the late '70s, early '80s. Very first case lots I ordered regularly. Absolutely dailies, but something well beyond quaffable. Lots of enjoyment there. From the LA Times back then:Rare But Well Done : Charbonos by Inglenook Are Neither Common Nor CostlyAugust 06, 1989|R... Read More

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  • This might be a stretch, but when you're retired, almost everything goes.  I think it would be grand for folks to come up with an above average wine for Wednesdays, which some of us - those still working for a living - call 'hump day'.  Something beyond an everyday Weekday Wine, yet still below the threshold of a truly Weekend Wine.  Since tomor... Read More

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