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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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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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  • Whitewater Hill

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

  • Desert Moon Vineyards, Inc

    Immersing yourself in a moment, whether it's a summer evening barbeque with close friends or danc...

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Grand Valley on Snooth

  • Still catching up from earlier this week.  Monday was a rare night out, as we usually watch the grand kids.  However, this past Monday was dinner in the district at Dish, followed by chamber music at The Kennedy Center.  We really enjoyed the meal and wine at Dish, and the music was pretty nice afterwards but I was almost falling asleep a few ti... Read More

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  • Amour here-I am not only having fun with grand cru wine; I go about looking seriously at the under $20. rack as well!!!!Sometimes!!!!I did some research and found that these under $20. wines are CROWD PLEASERS...for those looking to drink affordable wine IN BETWEEN the pricey stuff!!!!Here they are:   Poet's Leap Riesling 2015 Columbia Valley  U... Read More

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  • Definitely pick second from the bottom - scotch fillet as we know itWe had a 1.7kg whole scotch fillet we roasted in the Weber on Saturday nightBeautiful night temp in the mid 20's low 80's until midnightStarted with NV Perrier Jouet Grand Brut and then progressed to 2010 Peter Lehmann Wigan Riesling from Eden Valley, great rielsing year and fab... Read More

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  • DM - Trump is moving fast on cutting back our freedoms.  The next march is planned for April 15th (normally tax day but that is the 18th this year since the 15th is on a Saturday).  This protest will be to demand his tax returns.  We won't forget....Another lovely meal at Seasons 52 tonight; we were up at the Tyson's Corner mall to meet our gran... Read More

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  • Interestingly, found a Montebello edged out a Dunn from the same mature vintage recently, though both could've been WOTN, with very tough competition from the Musigny. Two meals, one seafood and white, the 2nd red meat and red wine. Every single bottle gets my *buy* recommendation. Interestingly, was down in the tropics just north of the equator... Read More

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  • St. Kathryn Cellars Red Blend Grand Valley Blueberry Bliss NV

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  • Funny Scutulus, I had a similar idea when I first started delving into wine more seriously. However it was, Bordeaux first captured my imagination and at the tasting (2008 vintage Union des Grand Crus) it was a right bank (Merlot/ Cabernet Franc blend) that I liked best. Since I was drinking California wine prior to that, I remember looking to b... Read More

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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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