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After early disappointment, Utah’s wine industry took almost 130 years to establish a key fact – that quality wine can be produced here. Soon after the first Mormon settlers came to Utah in the 1860s, grapevines were planted. But wine production was soon abandoned, as the quality of wine grapes was substandard. However, in 1989 a new winery opened and produced 1,500 gallons of quality wine in its first year. Today, there are several small estate wineries producing both vinifera and hybrids. The vineyards are in mountain valleys, with elevations up to 6,000 feet. Winters here are cold, so winter kill and frost damage are real risks. Vines must be protected in the winter and the weather watched closely in spring and fall. The conditions in some areas are almost desert-like, so irrigation is also important. All in all, however, winegrowing in Utah is shaping up to be a promising and rewarding learning experience. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • 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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  • Thanks for the tips. GREGT,I like fruity. Honestly, I haven't had much ... between Utah and Wyoming and the liquor stores in this area that I have encountered haven't been able to give me much direction. The liquors laws in Utah (specifically) are ridiculous! It's pretty much taboo to speak much about drinking in most circles here. Thanks again... Read More

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  • This may not be of interest to non-U.S. residents but today I stumbled onto ... ... states, Pennsylvania and Utah, control the sale and distribution of wine.Like I say, I'm glad I live in California, and as much as I enjoy other things about these states, I'm really glad I don't live in Oklahoma or Pennsylvania.  It might be heresy to admit it... Read More

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  • Castle Creek Winery Chardonnay NV


    Chardonnay is my preference. Normally I could enjoy a cheap brand of this white over a good bottle of anything else, but this one, I choked down two sips & gave up the masochism. When it hits the pallet, yes, there is a citrusy essence...but then the air hits the tongue...If this were a blindfolded taste-test, I might think a mountain lion had p... Read More

    Wine review by yuppypuppy

  • As many of you know, vellovino has a blog that combines cycling and wine.  ... stage race was the Tour of Utah and, as for wine, enough said, although I think there might be some potential for Tempranillo there.  But nothing to write home about yet.  If you want the secret history of beer brewing and the Mormons, just send me a private message,... Read More

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  • Castle Creek Winery Chardonnay NV


    I quite liked the Castle Creek Chardonnay. It has a subtle light fruit and flower bouquet and medium body. The taste is ripe fruit with a hint of melon and citrus. The finish is crisp and dry. I served this wine for a picnic celebration with crab & salad. MMMM Read More

    Wine review by RAAAH

  • Castle Creek Winery Chardonnay NV


    Nothing really stands out to me, but then again, I'm not very good at dissecting wines. Regardless, I enjoyed it and think it's a good local table wine. Read More

    Wine review by HerrHexenmeister

  • Good evening ladies and gents!I'm new to snooth and just curious as to if ... ... if anybody else here is from Utah? It's a different state when it comes to wine, liquor, and even beer. We are strictly regulated, and as a result limited in the number of wines we have access to. This makes it hard to take recommendations. So long story shor... Read More

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  • A wondrous morning to all!Though this is my first time posting in the forums, I ... behind the Zion Curtain in Utah can make it a challenge to find good wine. You can only buy it at the state-run liquor stores, most of which are staffed by people who know little, if anything, about wine. I once asked where the prosecco was and the lady gave m... Read More

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