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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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  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Gewürztraminer

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • I was born and raised Mormon, so I know ALL about Utah.  I actually went on a mission to California (but only made it 9 months and finally decided it just wasn't for me).  I now thank God that I can drink wine guilt-free!  :)   Of course, there's plenty more to this story, but maybe that'll be told at OT's wine event!I was waiting for William Dj... Read More

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  • No - we loved Utah, and thought it was pretty funny and interesting! Different experiences like that add colour to a vacation. :)We did have a number of really great local beers made in Utah and AZ.  UT's Zion brewing company is one that stands out in my memory. Read More

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  • DM, I might argue with you on some points in your discussion above, but ... ...  I haven't visited Utah very much, but I never had any frustrating experiences getting a glass of wine with or even before dinner.  I am also pretty sure that DM is right in that it has relaxed vs. what it used to be. DM, thanks for the links.  I remember seeing th... Read More

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  • OK, I realize I'm directing yet another tangent, but what's wrong with ... to this article about how Utah was voted the worst state in the US for wine consumption and sales. It's short and relatively shallow but gets the point across. Here's the link to the actual American Wine Consumer Coalition ratings report. Utah is on p. 49.And it's not j... Read More

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  • Welcome to Utah, Jennifer. That's actually better than it used to be.... Read More

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  • This one has gone off topic - but it's interesting, and the service element ... guys might like....I was in Utah just a couple of weeks ago - part of my Arizona trip. Utah is a funny place in some ways. They wanted BOTH of our PASSPORTS just to purchase beer at a state run liquor store - the manager told me they don't accept any Canadian drivin... Read More

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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

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    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

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  • 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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