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A brief history of Colorado wine and a vintage 1998 Cabernet Franc

For a dash of Colorado wine history, it takes little more than a trip to Doug Caskey’s cellar (which should be noted is an actual dirt floor, back bending cellar) in Boulder.

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It’s a mead thing: A primer to Colorado honey wine

Mead is wine. And it isn’t. By technical definition, it fits into the vino category (as in its fermented sugar), and the state’s growing number of meaderies fall under the control of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board.

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Real men drink pink: A primer to rosés

Pink wine should be your wine of the summer. Or at least be part of your afternoon on the patio rotation. Don’t scoff at it just because of its coloring — a good rosé is far from the Sutter Home White Zinfandel that should be forbidden from restaurant wine lists. Just like every other style [...]

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Using Alfred Eames and Infinite Monkey to Define Old and New

Ben Parsons of Infinite Monkey Theorem winery produces fine, New World style wines. His Colorado counterpart, Alfred Eames, (estate pictured below) makes his vino like an Old World vintner. If you’ve hung around a wine geek long enough, it’s a safe bet he or she has told you the wine in your glass was made [...]

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The Basics of Colorado Wine

There are a million and one rules, terms, and definitions that can make learning about wine less pleasurable than chugging Carlo Rossi. Piedmont, AOCs, Châteauneuf de Pape, DOCGs, tannins, icewines, noble grapes, hybrids … the list of potential knowledge stretches longer than a European wine cave. It’s enough to make you want to drink your [...]

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Wine tasting terms: Tannic

It’s the astringent, sometimes bitter, feeling of wine when every bit of moisture is sucked out. Air and aging can changes this profile greatly, which is why tannins are considered by many to be a good attribute to have in a bold red. As a big, tannic red ages, the tannins will combine with proteins [...]

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The white wine grapes of Colorado

There are many wine drinkers out there who simply say to the hell with whites, red wines make better drinking. While we are never going to argue personal palate, it’s safe to say that there are fantastic white wines out there — some with more body than a red. Colorado in particular is doing a [...]

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The red wine grapes of Colorado

Not all reds are created equal, at least in terms of where they can grow. Colorado has distinct growing regions that are great for some, good for others and impossible for a few. Many of the varietals that do well here are traditional blending grapes, but fear not, they each do fantastic on their own. [...]

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American Viticulture Area basics

American Viticulture Areas are the most finite geographic designations U.S. wine labels showcase outside of the actual town a vineyard is located. Regulated by government, AVAs are simply an area classification system and have no bearing on whether the region can or will produce good wine. Commonly referred to as Appellations, AVAs aren’t difficult to [...]

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The basics of AVA hierarchy

While most stateside wine labeling rules are meant to clarify, and not necessarily define quality, the American Viticulture Area hierarchy is the closest thing to quality notation you

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