Every few years Richard Betts, one of just a 100-ish Master Sommeliers in North America (from the esteemed Court of Master Sommeliers), tastes through some Colorado wines to peek into the local industry.
The first thing you should know about Glenn Foster, is he has a little Ravenswood in him. Not as in a glass or two, mind you. Rather, his father, Reed, was a co-founder of the wildly successful Sonoma brand.
It’s probably a good thing Michelle Cleveland has thick skin — and a sense of humor. Otherwise, we might not be having such a breezy and enjoyable interview in the Creekside Cellars winery early this summer.
Define import in the wine world. The usual answer focuses on bottles that have traveled over an international border and through customs. Italy, France, Chili and Argentina, for example. Evan Faber doesn’t buy that description. His import borders start about 201 miles to the east, 275 to the west, 102 to the north and 245 [...]
At many Red Rocks concerts, he’s there, just off to the side with an easel and a brush capturing the moment. He’s put BB King, Phish, David Byrne and the Flaming Lips on canvas in the last decade, selling his original artworks for as much as $10,000. He calls himself Red Rocks’ artist in residence, [...]
Meet Tyrel. He’s the third-year winemaker for Two Rivers Winery and Chateau. Its wines are value-based, consistent, reserved, and subtle. Meet Tyrel. He’s the consulting winemaker behind Colterris. Its wine is reminiscent of a classic Bordeaux that needs time to cellar. Meet Tyrel. He’s the independent winemaker behind the Kahil Winery label. Its wine is [...]
In the last few years, recognition for regional wine has improved dramatically. We have guys such as Dave McIntyre and Jeff Siegel to thank. McIntyre is a Virginia-based writer who pens a Washington Post wine column and also maintains Dave McIntyre’s WineLine. Siegel is Texan, whose freelance writing appears in the Advocate magazines, the well-read [...]
For the past few months, I’ve worked closely with the editors of 5280 Magazine on a feature article on Ben Parsons, the winemaker and owner of Denver’s Infinite Monkey Theorem winery. It appeared in the September issue of the magazine
It’d be easy for Guy Drew’s voice to get lost. If he were to shatter a case of wine on the floor of his winery, there’s a better chance a park ranger at Mesa Verde National Park would hear an upset bellow before anyone in the Colorado wine industry, which is unofficially centered hours away [...]
You may have stumbled upon Derek Chandler ‘s food and wine blog, Joieduvivre.com. It’s one of those great resources that showcases great recipes paired with fantastic wines – many Colorado wines too. But Chandler is just a blogger by hobby. By day, he’s in the information, technology and finance business. It doesn’t exactly excite his [...]