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Congrats to a Colorado Winemaker; A Tip of the Hat to a Colorado Restaurateur

Posted by VintageTexas, Sep 22, 2009.

Congrats to a Colorado Winemaker; A Tip of the Hat to a Colorado Restaurateur

Last week I had the occasion to travel up to and out west of Denver. With the summer of 2009 nearly over, but with lingering waves of heat still coming off our hot Houston payment, flying to Colorado was like escaping from three months held hostage in a Turkish bath. The mountains gave me a breath of crisp, clean air and a little rejuvenation of my psyche, as well.

On the return leg of my trip, I arrived at the Denver airport with some time to spare and it was approaching dinner time. Fearing what culinary delights the airline might (or might not) decide to offer, I sought a good eating spot in the airport; not fast food, but rather something that would fulfill and provide enjoyment. I finally settled on a comfortable looking place called The Timberline: Steaks and Grill ( Thoughts of a nicely grilled steak (and dry aged beef to boot!) permeated by mind and, as I walked into the restaurant, the smells overtook my senses. The net result was a near instantaneous desire for a glass of red wine.

After being seated, I asked the waiter for the wine list while my mind was mulling around thoughts of what kind of red wine I might order to go with my steak. When I was handed the wine list and I gave it a quick glance, in mere seconds my eyes bugged out and my head nearly exploded. What could have caused such a reaction?

What left me aghast was the sight of four Colorado wines listed at the top of red wine category on the wine list. They were four wines from Colorado’s Bonacquisti Winery (

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Tags: Texas, Colorado, wine, restaurant, local wine, Bonacquisti, Cabernet Franc, Timberline, Denver, airport


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 23, 2009.

Wines from everywhere nowdays. Might as well support the local producers.

So how were the wines?

Reply by VintageTexas, Sep 23, 2009.

Follow the link to the URL provided above.

Reply by schellbe, Sep 24, 2009.

The CO reds seem to better than the whites. The Chardonnay seems does okay in western CO (the fruit belt), but the producers seem to use too much oak for my taste. Some respectable red wines are being made near Palisade, where most of the fruit and grapes are grown.

I'll be sure to check out Bonacquisti when we get down to CO next summer. My wife and I just bought a timeshare near Vail, and the wine growing region is about 100 miles west of there.

Reply by spun69, Jan 9, 2010.

I live 40 miles north of Denver, and try to make an annual visit to the Grand Valley producers. Have enjoyed a number of nice wines from Palisade and Grand Junction. A couple notable whites which are consistently good: Two Rivers Riesling and Carlson Vineyards Gewurtz. I'm not a big fan of reds from the area...there was a good Malbec from Debeque Canyon a few years ago but it has declined of late IMO.

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