There's more than Colorado's famous Champagne powder to try this New Year's Eve. We recommend these sparkling wines that are local to the Palisade area:
Varaision Vineyards has invested heavily into a dedicated sparkling wine facility (Charmat method). All of the Colorado sparkling wine is Estate Bottled from Chardonnay, Orange Muscat, and Black Muscat grapes grown in the Grand Valley AVA. The Chardonnay has a light toast flavor and a smooth biscuit finish from fermentation sur-lees. Exquisitely balanced for acid and smooth finish, this exceptional Colorado sparkling wine is sure to please the most sophisticated palate. Limited production of this product will be made available in 2008.
Black Muscato sparkling wine is new to Varaison in 2008. Produced in limited quantities, this sparkling wine is a unique and pleasing experience! The wine is brilliant pink with aromas of blackberry, strawberry, and honey. This wine is finished as Extra Brut with a bright acidity that is well balanced with the traditional biscuit flavors of fine Champagne. An exceptional and unique wine produced for the first time in 2008.
Orange muscato is produced as a semi-sweet to sweet dessert wine at this Palisade winery. The wine has a rich and smooth body, lingering finish, and is accentuated by the aroma of orange blossom. This is a delightful wine either by itself or paired with semi-sweet dark chocolate, angel food cake, or fresh fruit tortes.
Varaison Vineyards produces a special occasion and wedding sparkling wine which combines the traditional biscuit flavor of Champagne with the aroma of oranges. Mimosa is produced as a very limited sparkling wine and is made available only through booking of the new Varaison Pavilion reception facility.
Oh yeah...as you raise a glass of Palisade wine or bubbly this New Year's Eve, don't go overboard. Please drink responsibly. Salut!