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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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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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  • Nicely done!  BTW, Emark isn't the only one with a few wines on hand from TJ's.  And, if they can sell wine in your state, there are a few that they will have that are available nationwide.  Here's a few recommendations:  That Vielle Ferme that OT recommended is available at Trader Joe's as Ferme Julien.  Same wine.  The rose and the Cotes du Rh... Read More

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  • We enjoyed this Domain Serene Grand Cheval red blend (Syrah and Pinot Noir) a few nights ago.  Their winery is up in the Williamette Valley (Pinot Noir country) of Oregon and we have bought several of their Pinot's over the last few years but we cancelled our club membership earlier this year due to the high shipping costs.  Anyway, this wine wa... Read More

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  • Took the day off Friday--my seniority means lots of vacation, my house project means I took very little of it this year.  Wife and I headed up to Spring Mountain Vineyards, courtesy a most-excellent Snooth-friend, who made us a gift of one of his annual visits and tastings--as a member of their wine club, he receives several and he was unable to... Read More

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  • I'm glad I could be of service, referring to the Knight's Valley selection.  I too was wondering about this special Beringer wine.  I had visited the Beringer winery back in 1984 on a Honda Nighthawk S motorcycle with my new wife, and we bought just a cheap Cabernet Sauvignon (according to her memory).  I carried it back home wrapped up on the l... Read More

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  • EM - I'll try to focus a bit more on the food pictures, yet still capture the essence of the wine being poured.  They go together, right?  That Syrah sounds interesting if it's one of those sub-twenty dollar wines.  V V - A GSM-style wine from Paso Robles?  I should give that Adelaida Version a try.  This information on the area from The Wine Fo... Read More

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  • Good stuff. Some of my regulars back a decade or so ago...   Pristine, Rare and Vintage California and European wines in the heart of the Napa Valley.  Dear Oenophile,Philipponnat can date itself back some 600 years, and while most famous for its Clos des Goisses Grand Cru, the Cuvee 1522 is an absolute rock star of a wine too, emphasizing balan... Read More

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  • Ah, another weekend has arrived.  We are having beautiful weather out here in Northern Virginia lately and today is no exception.  It's in the high seventies / low eighties with minimal humidity, so you can be sure everyone is out and about.  We decided to head up to Reston VA and do a wine tasting at The Wine Cabinet.  We do like this wine shop... Read More

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  • Richard  I also like syrah and do not want to make you jealous but I have had four northern Rhones this year [2015] so far;Chateau du Rozay Condrieu 1992Grand Vin des Cotes du Rhone Cornas Jean Lionnet2004M.Chapoutier Saint Joseph Deschants 2006Cote-Rotie Lucette and Martin Daubree Domaine Corps de Loup 2000I was fortunate to get them from the w... Read More

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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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