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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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  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of this list?  Clos du Rouge Gorge, young vines, in the Roussilon A Connoisseur's Cellar, Part 10 of 8: some fine bits towards the endWe might get another round, but after today there will be a break for at least a little while from this relentless assault of interesting ... Read More

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  • EM - You need to come over to the Willamette Valley side of Pinot life.  We had the grand kids all day - and I mean all day (over 9 hours) - so coming home an hour ago meant it was time to relax after the learning center, the park, McDonalds, etc.  This 2011 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve hits all the high marks of a fine Pinot Noir.  Highly re... Read More

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  • EM - Yes, lots of older riders have their bikes shipped out to some place near Sturgis, but when I do that event, I will ride there.  It will just have to be a two or three week vacation, that's all.  One reason we are driving to Wyoming this year is to see the 'fly-over' portion of the country that we haven't seen.  We have driven quite a bit o... Read More

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  • Aussie Pinot NoirBest RegionsAdelaide Hills - South AustraliaMornington Peninsula - SE of Melbourne VicYarra Valley - NE of Melbourne VictoriaGeelong - SW of Melbourne VictoriaTasmaniaSome abberations from Macedon Ranges North of Melbourne, Beechworth NNE of Melbourne and Gippsland East of Melbourne My Favourite MakersAdelaide HillsAshton Hills ... Read More

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  • Aussie Pinot NoirBest RegionsAdelaide Hills - South AustraliaMornington Peninsula - SE of Melbourne VicYarra Valley - NE of Melbourne VictoriaGeelong - SW of Melbourne VictoriaTasmaniaSome abberations from Macedon Ranges North of Melbourne, Beechworth NNE of Melbourne and Gippsland East of Melbourne My Favourite MakersAdelaide HillsAshton Hills ... Read More

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  • Getting back to wine for a moment, last night we hosted a wine dinner with our neighbors Debbie and Rick.  They brought over two bottles, a Napa Merlot (2014 Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards) and an Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (2015 Twomey Pinot Noir).  We started with that Trump Blanc de Blanc that was given to us last month (I didn't like it muc... Read More

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  • 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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