The Grand Junction Free Press has written a very nice profile of Stephen Menke, the "new" enologist hired by the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board. Besides being a really decent guy, Menke teaches for CSU’s horticulture and landscape architect department.
Menke is also part of a dynamic duo researching Colorado varietals at the Western Colorado Research Center on Orchard Mesa, the other half being state viticulturist Horst Caspari.
Under the headline, "Grand Valley-Based Enologist Tracks, Promotes Colorado Wines," Free Press Reporter Sharon Sullivan writes about Menke's unique ability to taste and smell wines.
Sullivan goes on to write, "As the state enologist, Menke studies and tastes wine. It’s all part of the job. Menke travels a few thousand miles a month visiting wineries around Colorado, surveying the quality and flavor of wines and advising vintners about wine-making and business practices.
"Menke was hired by Colorado State University last February to research the unique characteristics of Colorado grapes and help develop the Colorado wine brand.
Great story, Sharon! You can read the rest of the article here.