Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
|BookCliff at Vina Cobos in Mendoza|
The higher elevation creates grapes with a thicker skin, especially noticeable in red grapes. The low night temperatures preserve the acidity in the fruit. The result is wine with some grit, more structure, tannins especially when young and higher acidity expressed in a crisp finish. All of this contributes to wine that ages well in the bottle and cellar. And can complement food very well.
I had to visit Argentina and specifically Mendoza to get a better understanding what makes Colorado wine taste different from Californian wine. Mendoza has a similar climate and soil as Colorado's grape country, high dessert, arid climate and similar soil. The highest elevation vineyards in Mendoza (Uco valley) are 4,900 feet, Palisade, CO is at 4,600 feet. All vineyards are irrigated in Mendoza, just as in Palisade. No wonder the red wines from Mendoza and Colorado taste similar.
Friday, February 20, 2015
At the winery today we bottled our extremely popular “Touch of Red” and the masses will go wild. We have been out for a while and our club members have been clamoring for more. We find the taste of strawberry really comes out and make this wine an extremely fun and drinkable adult beverage. Our bottling crew is made up of musicians, experienced wine makers, retired IT Professionals and a linguist. When we bottle wine we have a fun time and some of the fun seems to slip into the bottle along with the wine. With Valentines day around the corner this wine would be a great way to end your meal with cheesecake with strawberries or strawberry shortcake.
So far, this year has been a great adventure into 2015! We at BookCliff Vineyards took a trip to South America at the end of January and spent some time in beautiful Chile and Argentina! The wines were absolutely wonderful. We tried some Carmenere in Santa Cruz and had plenty of Malbec and Torrontes in Mendoza.What blew me away are the palace- like wineries built in the wine regions! These facilities are absolutely magnificent and built to hold 100's of guests at one time! To name a few, Catena Zapata, Finca Agostino, Bodegas Salentein, The Vines of Mendoza, Vina Cobos, Susana Balboa, Casa Silva and Casa Lapostolle. The architectural thought process put into these facilities are beyond sublime. The wines showcased were beautiful and we couldn't have asked for better hospitality! Going to South America anytime soon? Be sure to check these wineries out- you won't be disappointed!
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Colorado is an amazing state to live in. One day we have warm, sunny temperatures of 60 degrees F and the next it falls to -2 degrees F and snow just in time for a White Christmas! Now we are back into the 20's F and if there's one thing consistent about CO, that would be the brilliant sunshine we receive! We are so lucky to be living in a beautiful area. BookCliff Vineyards is practicing some new techniques this winter to insulate the grapevines. John and Ulla made a visit down to Palisade to work with our Vineyard Manager, Prescott, on laying down the vines and covering them with hay. Our goal is to keep them warm to survive the cold winter! BookCliff is looking forward to 2015 and we can't wait to kickoff the New Year with some upcoming dinners with local Chefs, here at the winery! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014