Saturday, February 28, 2009
Under the headline, "Local Wine Sales Drop Slightly," KJCT 8 Reporter Sara Goldenberg writes:
"Even the wine industry in western Colorado is starting to feel the effects of the downturn. The Western Colorado Research Center says there was no drop in wine sales at the end of 2008. But now local vineyards are starting to see sales drop slightly."
"Brad Harmon, owner of Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery, says they've seen a 5-10 percent decrease in wine sales in the past few months. He says the demand is still there, but people are looking for better deals when they pick up a bottle of wine."
"But it's a plus for wine lovers. Right now you can find great deals on local wine."
"What we've had to do is lower our prices with our wines, to get them to good value price points where people want them. They're looking for wines generally under the $10 price range, and we've seen a slight increase in some of those wines. So overall we're probably about even, just a little bit under, but not too bad," Harmon said.
"He says wineries will face many challenges this year, from marketing, to watching their budget and keeping prices down for consumers."
You can read the story here.
"Four More Reasons To Drink Red Wine : The Heart-healthy Beverage May Also Keep You From Developing Physical Disabilities or Alzheimer's Disease, " Newsweek Reporter Tina Peng writes:
"It's common knowledge that a glass or two of red wine a night will do more than enhance a great meal or put you to sleep: it can reduce production of "bad" cholesterol, boost "good" cholesterol and reduce blood clotting, all of which will help reduce the risk of heart disease. But recent studies are showing that wine aficionados may also reap even more benefits, from inhibiting tumor development to helping form nerve cells. Here's a roundup of four recent studies that might encourage you to uncork that bottle of merlot:"
1. It Can Help Keep You Fit: For senior citizens who are already in shape, moderate alcohol intake can help prevent the development of physical disabilities, according to a new UCLA study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. (The National Institutes of Health recommends no more than one drink a day for women and two for men.) Researchers found that moderate drinkers in a national survey had a lower risk than heavy drinkers or abstainers of developing physical problems that impeded their abilities to walk or dress or groom themselves. But don't take that as a cue to rest easy: the benefits only applied to seniors who were already in good health. Seniors in poor health may already be too close to developing disabilities for the wine to be of much use, researchers said.
2. It May Help Fight Alzheimer's. In animal trials, UCLA researchers found that compounds known as polyphenols, which naturally occur in red wine, can inhibit the development of proteins that deposit in the brain and form the plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. Polyphenols also are highly concentrated in tea, nuts, berries and cocoa, the researchers, who did the study with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, reported in the November issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The polyphenols block the formation and decrease the toxicity of the Alzheimer's-associated protein deposits, scientists found; they plan to start human clinical trials next.
3. It Boosts Heart-Healthy Omega 3 Levels. Moderate alcohol consumption helps boost the body's omega-3 levels, European researchers report in the January issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The fatty acids are usually derived from fish and help protect against coronary heart disease, but people who consumed alcohol, especially wine, in moderation (one drink for women, two drinks for me) had higher omega-3 levels independent of their fish intake, the researchers found after studying populations in England, Belgium and Italy. They hypothesize that this effect is due in part to polyphenols as well.
4. It May Lower Lung Cancer Risk. Moderate consumption of red wine may decrease the risk of lung cancer in men, researchers reported in the October issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. Analyzing data collected from the California Men's Health Study, they found that each glass of red wine consumed a month correlated with a 2 percent lower lung cancer risk. Men who drank one or two glasses of red wine a day saw a 60 percent reduced lung cancer risk. There were no similar benefits for white wine, beer or liquor drinkers, though, and smokers who drank red wine still, of course, had a higher lung-cancer risk than non-smokers.
You can read the Newsweek article here.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Under the headline, "Legislature to Honor Local Pioneering Winemaker," Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Reporter Dave Buchanan writes:
"Nearly seven months to the day after he died, pioneering winemaker Doug Phillips continues to make his mark on Colorado’s wine industry."
"Phillips, founder and co-owner (with his wife Sue) of Plum Creek Cellars in Palisade, will be honored this week with a joint resolution in the state legislature."
"He passed away July 15."
"According to Doug Caskey, executive director of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, the resolution was initiated by Ron Smith, an original member of the Colorado Wine Board and a longtime friend of Phillips’, and by Secretary of State Bernie Buescher, who will speak on the floor of both chambers Thursday in a special ceremony."
"The proclamation honors Phillips not only for his resolute determination to elevate Colorado’s fledgling wine industry to a national level but his groundbreaking work in another field: workers’ compensation law."
"The resolution cites Phillips’ courtroom mastery (many a young attorney quickly learned that Phillips was a formidable courtroom adversary) and said he was a “forceful advocate” for workers seeking just recompense, “avoiding animosity and acrimony” while remaining a “gentleman” in the courtroom."
"Anyone who was getting to know Phillips soon realized he carried the same demeanor and drive to his wine making, whether it was emphasizing the quality of Colorado fruit or boosting the entire industry to heights not yet scaled."
"Always ready with a good story, but never without a critical-but-kind eye on the progress being made around him, Phillips’ had the ability to needle you gently, urging you to do better than you thought possible until you surprised yourself with the end result."
"When Phillips and then-winemaker Erik Bruner started Plum Creek Cellars in 1984, there were fewer than five Colorado wineries. A quick count recently turned up about 72 licensed wineries."
The text of the resolution is available at www.leg.state.co.us. Click on Current Regular Session Information, going to SJR09-008.
You can read the article here.
Under the headline, "Craft Beer Rising in Colorado," Denver Post Reporter Steve Raabe writes about the growing number of brewpubs in the state.
"Colorado's craft-beer industry can raise a toast to its heady status in the full-flavored malt- beverage sector. The number of craft breweries in the state rose to a record 101 during 2008, cementing Colorado's position as No. 1 in the nation for craft-beer makers per capita."
"Sales and production growth in 2008 slowed nationwide and in Colorado because of economic weakness, but the craft sector still grew faster than big-label U.S. brewers and imports."
"The Boulder-based Brewers Association in a new report said craft-beer production reached a 4 percent U.S. market share for the first time in 2008. Major brewers such as MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch dominate the industry with an 82 percent share of the market."
"Colorado's largest craft brewer, Fort Collins-based New Belgium, made 493,000 barrels in 2008. Its 3.9 percent growth rate was the slowest in at least six years."
"Growth also slowed at Odell Brewing in Fort Collins, with an 8.4 percent increase in 2008 compared with 18 percent in 2007."
"Founder Doug Odell said that the recession is hurting the industry but that its core base of drinkers remains loyal.""Stepping down to Bud Light is not an option for our customers," he said. "A good craft beer is still an affordable luxury."
"WHEREAS, Doug Phillips began practicing workers' compensation law in the 1970s when very few lawyers did, becoming Dean of the workers' compensation claimant's Bar, and Mr. Phillips set the gold standard for the ethical, fair, and compassionate practice of workers' compensation law; and"
"WHEREAS, During the 35 years that Mr. Phillips practiced workers' compensation law, he was a forceful advocate for the thousands of injured workers whom he represented, and he was always a gentleman in his dealings with the court, opposing counsel, and all other individuals involved with the system, thereby avoiding the animosity and acrimony often involved in litigated cases; and"
"WHEREAS, Mr. Phillips was known for his thorough work-up of claims, his knowledge of the statute and supporting case law, and his superlative courtroom skills; and"
"WHEREAS, Mr. Phillips blazed new trails in workers' compensation law through successful appeals to the Colorado Supreme Court, forever changing the way the workers' compensation system works; and"
"WHEREAS, Mr. Phillips also engineered many beneficial changes in the workers' compensation statutes because of his high degree of credibility with the General Assembly and with four governors: Dick Lamm, Roy Romer, Bill Owens, and Bill Ritter; and"
"WHEREAS, Mr. Phillips and his wife, Sue, wrote Volume 17 of the Colorado Practice Series, Colorado Workers' Compensation Practice and Procedure, the Bible for many workers' compensation practitioners and judges; and"
"WHEREAS, In addition to being a distinguished Colorado attorney, Mr. Phillips was also a pioneer in the Colorado wine industry, which has grown to contribute in excess of forty million dollars annually to the Colorado economy; and"
"WHEREAS, Mr. Phillips was a founding partner of Plum Creek Cellars, originally established in Larkspur, but later moved to Palisade so that it would be closest to the vineyards where, as Mr. Phillips observed, the best wineries in the world were located; and"
"WHEREAS, Mr. Phillips' goal in establishing Plum Creek Cellars was to make the highest-quality wine with grapes grown only in Colorado; and"
"WHEREAS, Wine experts were skeptical that Colorado wines would ever compete successfully with fine wines from other locales, but Mr. Phillips and the Colorado wine industry proved the early critics wrong by producing award-winning wines that continue to increase market share nationally; and"
"WHEREAS, Mr. Phillips helped draft legislation for and lobbied for creation of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, serving on the Board from 1990 through 1998 and again from 2005 through 2008, with much of that service as its Chair; and"
WHEREAS, Mr. Phillips, among other things, also chaired the Colorado Mountain Winefest Committee for the Rocky Mountain Vintners' and Viticulturalists' Association and was a co-founder of the Grand Valley Winery Association; and
"WHEREAS, Because of Mr. Phillips and the many others he encouraged and showed what was possible there are more than 1,000 acres of vinifera grapes grown in Colorado that are turned into wine by more than 70 wineries, making the impact of grape and wine production in Colorado second only to that of peaches; and"
"WHEREAS, The wine industry is now a leading agricultural-based attraction for Western Colorado, promoting mountain tourism during the summer and fall to complement ski tourism in the winter and better utilize"
"Colorado's total tourism capacity; now, therefore,"
"Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty-seventh General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the House of Representatives concurring herein:"
"That the General Assembly hereby expresses its gratitude for the many contributions of Doug Phillips to our state and celebrates the many achievements of his life."
"Be It Further Resolved, That copies of this Senate Joint Resolution be presented to Mr. Phillips' wife, Sue Phillips, and to his daughters, Jennifer and Megan Phillips."
Thank you, Doug, for all that you did. Many of us never would have been here without all your hard work and thoughtfulness.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Under the headline, "Upscale Palisade Restaurant, Diner Share Chef, Kitchen," Grand Junction Free Press reporter Sharon Sullivan writes:
"Bruce Jensen grew up in Grand Junction, but he’s cooked all over the country."
"When he came home to start his own diner in Palisade four years ago, he chose the name Packing Shed because his first job was working at the Palisade peach packing shed."
"Now he has an upscale restaurant next door to his diner."
"In December, Jensen opened The Century House, sharing the kitchen with and adjoining the Packing Shed at 349 W. Eighth St."
"Built as a farmhouse in 1905, the Century House was a rented residential property until Jensen bought the building and began turning it into a restaurant two years ago."
"He completely remodeled the old farmhouse, keeping and refinishing the original wood flooring and cabinets. Doors were widened and ramps installed to the century-old building for wheelchair accessibility."
“I wanted to do something different — two restaurants, same property, two menus,” Jensen said."
"Upscale food and a value price is what brings people from both ends of the valley to dine at the Century House, Jensen said."
"Entrees at the Century House include Monterey chicken topped with roasted chiles, jack cheese and guacamole served on Spanish rice for $11; shrimp and crayfish with a Cajun cream sauce served with fettuccini for $12; or vegetarian lasagna for $13."
You can read the rest of the article here.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Under the headline, "Cultivating Wine Grapes at High Elevation," the authors wrote:
"Canyon Wind, with its good subsurface cobblestone drainage, is less prone to soil salinity buildup than other soils in the area. Like many other area grape growers, Christianson moved away from traditional flood irrigation to drip and sprinkler irrigation, thereby reducing total salts brought in by irrigation. Canyon Wind Cellars, like most Colorado vineyards, has no means of winter irrigation, which can lead to some winter damage due to vine desiccation. Mild winter temperatures created by the canyon winds are crucial for this location."
"Composting practices incorporate mulching with recycled pellets Christianson purchases from the Mesa County Composting Facility. Given the extremely low pest and disease pressure resulting from Colorado’s low humidity, Christianson sprays to prevent powdery mildew only when absolutely necessary, following Dr. Horst Caspari’s adaptations to the Gubler-Thomas model for the Grand Valley climate. He starts with a powdery mildew spray that stops any outbreak in most instances. When another application is necessary, he rigorously rotates products to prevent resistance buildup or immunity."
"The Grand Valley AVA is one of two AVAs within the State of Colorado, the other being the West Elks, along the North Fork of the Gunnison River around the towns of Paonia and Hotchkiss. Although it represents about two-thirds of Colorado’s approximately 1,000 planted acres, the Grand Valley produces about 85% or more of the grapes grown in Colorado. That is due to more frequent crop losses in other, less hospitable parts of the state. Mesa County, which contains the Grand Valley AVA, averages 2.7 tons per acre of grapes. The statewide average for Colorado is 2.5 tons per acre in most years. Christianson reports yielding an average from his vineyards at 3.5 tons per acre, ranging as high as an occasional 6.5 tons per acre of Sauvignon Blanc and other grape varieties. Annual estate production is 5,000 cases with a goal of 7,500 cases."
This article was written by Doug Caskey, head of the Colorado Wine Industry & Development Board, joined Norm Christianson (Canyon Wind Cellars/vineyard owner), and Dr. Horst Caspari, state viticulturist with Colorado State University at the Orchard Mesa Research Station in Grand Junction, to contribute to the November/December 2008 issue of Practical Winery & Vineyard. Dr. Steve Menke, state enologist with Colorado State University, added and corrected the article.
To view the full story, go the Wine Board's press page and download a .PDF file, or simply click here.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Under the headline, "Cultivating Wine Grapes at High Elevation," the Wine Dream Team wrote:
"Slightly further east and up on a plateau, forming the east boundary of the Grand Valley, sits Rapid Creek, the location of the first non-native grapevines in Grand Valley, planted in 1890 by a former governor of Colorado shortly after the valley was first irrigated in 1882. Local lore says that some of those original vines are still growing on Rapid Creek. Christianson cultivated those vines many years ago and found them to be Zinfandel, a varietal not well-suited to the relatively short growing season (183 frost-free days) even though Zinfandel likes the significant degree days. The oldest Canyon Wind vines are 18 years old. "
"Dr. Horst Caspari (Colorado State University state viticulturist) notes that the 30-year average for degree days in Palisade, beginning on April 15, is 3,717."
“We have not been nearly that low in the last 10 years,” Caspari adds. Records indicate the lowest temperature recorded in Palisade within that 30 years is –20ºF, while Christianson doesn’t think he has gone below –5ºF. Caspari sees warmer temperatures as an increasing trend."
This article will be continued tomorrow. If you'd like to download the article, go the Wine Board's press page, or simply click here.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Doug Caskey, head of the Colorado Wine Industry & Development Board, joined Norm Christianson (Canyon Wind Cellars/vineyard owner), and Dr. Horst Caspari, state viticulturist with Colorado State University at the Orchard Mesa Research Station in Grand Junction, all contributed to the November/December 2008 issue of Practical Winery & Vineyard. Dr. Steve Menke, state enologist with Colorado State University, added and corrected the article.
Featured first in the story was Canyon Wind's vineyard, which perches on the north bank of the Colorado River, while other vineyards and fruit orchards in the area reside on the south side of the river.
Under the headline, "Cultivating Wine Grapes at High Elevation," the Wine Dream Team wrote:
"High elevation, harsh winters, unique soils and microclimates in the mountain valleys of Colorado produce low yields (under three tons per acre), but many vinifera grape varieties can be grown. Winemakers enjoy the discovery and nurturing of distinctive characteristics in wines produced in Colorado vineyards."
"A combination of geological factors makes the location of Canyon Wind Cellars vineyards unlike any other site in the Grand Valley AVA or the entire state of Colorado. Canyon Wind Cellars (Palisade, CO), is owned by Norm and Ellen Christianson. A trained geologist, Norm recognized the potential for wine grape growing when he found the high elevation (4,710 foot) site, after searching five continents."
"First, the canyon winds blow along the Colorado River — formerly known as the Grand River, whence the AVA and adjoining city take their names — through the narrow DeBeque Canyon. Canyon Wind Cellars is located at the eastern edge of the Grand Valley where DeBeque Canyon widens into the Grand Valley. The AVA stretches from that canyon mouth 20 miles to the west, to the foot of the Colorado National Monument. Canyon winds generally blow down-valley in the mornings and up- valley in the afternoons."
This story will be continued tomorrow. If you'd like to download the article, go the Wine Board's press page, or simply click here.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
So begins a message from Tim Sarmo, the Town of Palisade Administrator. The letter continues:
"While there are still over four months left to go before the festival, much must take place well in advance to make sure festival goers have a great time in Palisade. We are amazed at the to do list: everything from the stage and lighting to fire rings and wrist bands! Here's a brief over view of what's going on..."
"First and foremost, our festival organizers George and Jody have been going non-stop since last fall to book great musicians, recruit unique vendors, design a functional and aesthetic layout, and create an atmosphere of laid back fun in shady Riverbend Park."
"Our Planning and Finance Departments, are in charge of advance planning, budget, ticket sales, staff and sponsor coordination, and even licensing, and beverage sales. (Palisade is the wine capital of the state and also has its own brewery and distillery.) Meanwhile the Town Administration and the trusty front office staff are helping with public relations, public transportation and public information."
"The Public Works and Parks Department is dealing with the details of park layout, equipment, supplies, and event logistics. The Police Department will ensure smooth traffic flow, parking, and event security while town Fire and EMS are developing first aid and medical response for a safe event."
"But we've also reached far outside Town government to ensure a successful event. We've enlisted the help of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce to help with advertising and media relations. Our new world class hotel, the Wine Country Inn, is gearing up to provide world class hospitality to those desiring first class accommodations in a charming Victorian inn set amidst the vineyards. There are several bed and breakfast establishments for those desiring more residential arrangements. And of course the camping area is being readied for nights under the stars and around the campfires."
"Our many restaurants are anticipating providing gastronomic delights ranging from pizza to burgers to multi-course dinners. Their diverse menus include Vietnamese food, steak, Italian cuisine, seafood, and American bistro style offerings."
"Of course we couldn't do this without the scores of experienced volunteers from all over the state who have signed up to help do everything from trash pickup to transportation."
"Finally, Palisade is part of the beautiful Grand Valley and our friends and neighbors from down river are also involved. So while this is a Town of Palisade sponsored event, our village is quite large and this festival will be a community affair you won't soon forget. Don't miss it. See you in June."
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Under the headline, "Red Wine's Resveratrol May Help Battle Obesity," Science Daily writes:
"Resveratrol, a compound present in grapes and red wine, reduces the number of fat cells and may one day be used to treat or prevent obesity, according to a new study."
"Past research found that resveratrol protected laboratory mice that were fed a high-calorie diet from the health problems of obesity, by mimicking the effects of calorie restriction. Researchers at the University of Ulm in Germany wanted to know if resveratrol could mimic the effects of calorie restriction in human fat cells by changing their size or function. The German team used a strain of human fat cell precursors, called preadipocytes. In the body, these cells develop into mature fat cells, according to the study's lead author, Pamela Fischer-Posovszky, PhD, a pediatric endocrinology research fellow in the university's Diabetes and Obesity Unit."
"In the cell-based study, they found that resveratrol inhibited the pre-fat cells from increasing and prevented them from converting into mature fat cells. Also, resveratrol hindered fat storage. Most interesting, according to Fischer-Posovszky, was that resveratrol reduced production of certain cytokines (interleukins 6 and 8), substances that may be linked to the development of obesity-related disorders, such as diabetes and clogged coronary arteries. Also, resveratrol stimulated formation of a protein known to decrease the risk of heart attack. Obesity decreases this substance, called adiponectin."
You can read the rest of the article here.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Under the headline, "Alcohol’s Close Association with Breast Cancer," The Med Guru Columnist Gunjan Mehra writes:
"Breast cancer definintely is the most common cancer in females. Approximately 1 out of 9 American women have a risk of developing this disease within their lifetime. Drinking alcohol, especially more than one drink per day, can only increase that risk.” - Journal of the American Medical Association.
"While most women are aware that a drink can reduce their risk towards strokes, about 85 percent of them are still grossly unaware of the risks they subject themselves to by consuming as little as even half a glass of wine every day."
"Are all Alcoholic Beverages Harmful?"
"Yes! So don’t assume that switching to beer or spirits is the solution. According to Wendy Y. Chen, MD, PhD, a cancerdefine specialist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, “The more alcohol consumed on a regular basis, the greater the risk.” Although the risk of getting breast cancer may be affected by a host of factors, limiting the number of drinks you have in a day can definitely reduce the risk. This is one thing that you can surely try your hand at, because it is never too late to change your drinking habits."
"More you drink, More Likely You Are to Develop Breast Cancer?"
"The biology behind the relationship between alcohol consumption and an augmented risk of getting breast cancer is the production of estrogen. Alcohol is said to interfere with the way human body metabolizes estrogen. Studies have revealed that the hormone estrogen is responsible for causing some breast cancers. Hence, the risk associated with the consumption of alcohol tends to increase as the quantity and the duration of alcohol consumption increases."
"According to the findings of a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, that tracked the health and alcohol consumption patterns of 122,000 cancer free women, since 1976, after every 4 years - by the year 2002, and nearly 6000 of them had developed breast cancer. The study further revealed that as compared to teetotalers:
• Women who drank the equivalent of a half glass of wine a day were 6 percent more likely to develop breast cancer.
• Women who drank a glass or two a day faced a 21 percent increased risk of breast cancer.
• Those who drank more than two drinks a day were 37 percent more likely to develop breast cancer."
"Greater Risk for Menopausal women"
"Consumption of alcohol, while women are going through their menopausal phase, subjects them to a greater risk of developing breast cancer in the subsequent years. According to the conclusions drawn by the study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (also mentioned above), the chance of developing breast cancer among monopausal women who drank even half a glass of wine every day, increased by about 18 percent, thus establishing a strong relationship between alcohol consumption and breast cancer in menopausal women. This risk becomes all the more pronounced in women who are undergoing hormonal therapy post menopause."
You can read the rest of the article here.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
To honor this momentous occasion, here are a few of our favorite toasts and wine quotes:
“Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.” -- Aristophanes
“I would like to make a toast to lying, stealing, cheating and drinking. If you're going to lie, lie for a friend. If you're going to steal, steal a heart. If your going to cheat, cheat death. And if you're going to drink, drink with me.” -- Anonymous
“Best while you have it use your breath - There is no drinking after death.” -- Anonymous
“If you drink enough wine, it doesn't matter how bad it is.” -- Anonymous
“The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently, and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken.” -- Homer
“Here's a toast to the roast that good fellowship lends, With the sparkle of beer and wine; May its sentiment always be deeper, my friends, Than the foam at the top of the stein.” -- Anonymous
So, here's a toast of our own to the next 200 blog posts. A thanks to all our followers; we couldn't have done it without you. So let's raise a glass together! Cheers! Santé! Salud!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Under the headline, "Labor of Love: Boulder Couples in Business Together - Couples Say Key Is Not To 'Step on Each Other's Toes,' Boulder Colorado Daily Reporter Laurie Phillips writes:
"Ulla Merz and John Garlich, BookCliff Vineyards"
'We have split it right'
"Planting vineyards and starting a winery wasn't the first major undertaking Ulla Merz and John Garlich, of Boulder, entered into. In 1992, the couple began building a house together."
"The duration of that project -- about six months -- gave each a sense of what doing business together would be like. Merz left the construction end to Garlich, while she handled the approvals needed and the décor."
"Although both are engineers by training, Garlich acknowledges he is more process-oriented, while Merz says she focuses more on the goal."
"Merz met Garlich in 1977 shortly after leaving Germany and starting her education at the University of Colorado."
"We have complementary skill sets, and that's definitely helpful," Garlich said."
"As they built their house -- as with their business -- he has learned that "for Ulla, it's hard to make decisions quickly; she needs a little time to think." But Garlich also has learned to be patient and build in the time she needs, he said, and he appreciates "the planning aspect of what she brings to our business." Establishing an advisory board, for example, was her idea."
"Having worked as a structural engineer for 22 years and studied winemaking at the University of California-Davis, Garlich began making wine at home in their basement in 1981."
"The couple bought 10 acres of peaches in 1995 in the Vinelands, a region east of Palisade. They shared a passion for wine -- and had planted vines in their backyard in Boulder -- and learned as they worked the land and connected with others in the wine industry."
"Now, having added another 23½ acres, BookCliff Vineyards is up to about 2,700 cases of 11 different varietals and continues to sell excess grapes to others."
"As their business grows, the couple has decided to consolidate their effort by moving their tasting room from Pearl Street to the winery on Lee Hill Road. They hope to have it open by Valentine's Day, with a grand opening planned for March."
"The most important part was to find out that we need to stay out of each other's hair in areas that were not our strength, so the other person could take the lead," Merz said. "We have split it right."
You can read the rest of the article in the Colorado Daily here.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The year has already witnessed a number of national beverage-related holidays that you may not have had the tact or good sense to mark. January 1 was Bloody Mary Day, while Milk Day and Hot Toddy Day happened concurrently on January 11. (Probably the idea was to get a good night's sleep). If you missed Hot-Buttered Rum Day (Jan 17), you could have made up for your gaffe with National Irish Coffee Day on Jan 25.
Which brings us back to Wednesday, February 18, in the Year of Our Lord 2009. National Wine Day. A sacred day that comes only once a year. There are no other times to celebrate wine during the year -- well, except for all the existing major holidays like Easter. And Christmas. And Thanksgiving. And the Fourth of July. And weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and other major celebrations.
Not to mention, there are the country-wide declared holidays of National Mulled Wine Day (Mar 3), National Wine Day (May 25), Swiss Winegrowers Day (Aug 29), (why do the Swiss merit their own holiday?), Noveau Beaujolais Day (Nov 20), as well as the wine-related holiday of National Sangria Day (Dec 20), which is followed closely by National Champagne Day (Dec 31). But you probably call that last one New Year's Eve. But we say that's truly forgetting the "reason for the season."
Don't even think about taking the day off from work on bank and religious holidays -- try honoring every single national beverage holiday, instead. We'd all be a little happier, and maybe a little less thirsty.
For coffee lovers, you can enjoy National Coffee Day (Sep 29), National Espresso Day (Nov 23), as well as the aforementioned Irish Coffee and Kahlua Days. If you still want a "pick-me-up," but hot coffee is not your thing, fear not. You can celebrate National Iced Tea Day (Jun 10), National Coffee Milkshake Day (Jul 26), National Frappe Day (Oct 7) or Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day (Nov 19), instead.
If beer is more your thing, you're in luck. You'll be solemnly remembering Bock Beer Day (Mar 20), National Homebrew Day (May 4) Drink Beer Day (Sep 28) or National Lager Day (Dec 10). "Lest We Forget."
For those who prefer cocktails or top shelf liqueurs , you have plenty of excuses to be in a holiday mood. Besides the festive drink days mentioned in other categories, you'll be busy, very busy solemnly paying tribute. National Amaretto Day wasn't enough for April 19, so it's also National Mint Julep Day. National Cognac Day falls on Jun 4, while National Dry Martini Day happens Jun 19 (sorry wet martini lovers, you're out of luck). There's nothing more all-American than marking the Fourth of July weekend with National Anisette Day (Jul 2), with National Grand Marnier Day hot on its heels July 14. Our founding fathers would have been proud with our remembrance of these two truly patriotic, foreign drinks.
The summer months are rounded out with a holiday binge of National Tequila Day (Jul 14), National Scotch Day (Jul 27) National Rum Day (Aug 16), and Whiskey Sour Day (Aug 29). Post-Labor Day brings National Rum Punch Day on September 20.
There are at least a dozen more non-alcoholic National Drink Days, but we'll save those for another post. In the meantime, think of dear, old National Drink Wine Day, and all those wine growers who worked hard to get their product into that glass you're holding in your willing little hands, right now. Enjoy, and celebrate the holiday responsibly. Cheers!
The article also includes this little gem, which we heartily applaud:
"Each bottle of imported French wine in their cellars produces 6.2 pounds of carbon because of overseas shipping. By comparison, a Napa wine produces 5.5 pounds, and a Colorado-brewed New Belgian 12-oz. beer produces 1.8 pounds. Local wines from Colorado are carbon-friendly compared to a French Bordeaux – and buying them helps the local economy."
Under the headline, "Counting Carbon," Fair Game Columnist writes for the Aspen Times:
"If you’ve ever wondered how much carbon you’re putting into the atmosphere, there’s an easy way to find out. The “Carbon Footprint Counter,” a handy, pocket-sized card produced by the Sopris Foundation, allows a running tally of your personal emissions."
"The Sopris Foundation is a visionary local family foundation. It is distributing the Footprint Counter Card as a tool for awareness of our collective carbon footprint. Don’t look at it as a guilt trip, but rather as an accounting method whose time has finally come."
"The Footprint Card reveals that the average Aspenite adds more carbon to the atmosphere per day (280 pounds) than the average American (144 pounds), and far more than the average German (47 pounds). It’s simple to figure out which lifestyle choices produce carbon and which don’t, and the Footprint Card is an easy way to remember."
"For example, according to the Footprint Counter, flying on a private jet produces 3.4 tons of carbon per hour. By comparison, a commercial flight from Aspen to New York produces 0.3 pounds of carbon per person per passenger mile, which is roughly 500 pounds for the trip, or about 200 pounds per hour of flying."
"Those with snowmelt systems on their homes swell their carbon footprints enormously. The Footprint Counter says a heated driveway produces 6 tons of carbon over the course of a winter. Shoveling snow by hand produces zero carbon, unless you count the carbon it takes to make a plastic push scoop. It’s also great exercise."
"Aspen’s biggest carbon producers skew the average for the rest of us because of huge homes and sumptuous lifestyles."
You can read the rest of the column here.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Under the headlines, "From the Mailbag" Journal Inquirer Eugene Spaziani writes:
Q. From time to time, I have read and heard the term “Vitis Vinifera” regarding grapes and expect that it is a technical term. In order to clarify this term for me, could you explain what it is?
— D.F., Windsor Locks
"A. Vitis vinifera is the ancient Latin term for vines whose grapes produce juice that ferments into wine. Vitis vinifera originated in the Near East when man domesticated wild vines, but its numerous varieties and clones are most widely diffused in Europe, where four-fifths of the world’s wine is made."
"Such vines are grown in the temperate climate zone, generally between the 30th and 50th parallels in the Northern Hemisphere and the 30th and 40th parallels in the Southern Hemisphere. Altitude is a key factor. In most countries, vines thrive at 800 to 1,600 feet above sea level. Vineyards are rarely planted higher than 2,000 feet, but there are exceptions, such as Italy’s alpine Valle d’Aosta and parts of Chile, where vines are regularly cultivated at 4,000 feet. In Colorado’s Western Slope region of Palisade and Grand Junction, vineyards are planted at more than 4,000 feet above sea level with excellent results."
"Soil composition and texture influence the character and quality of wines. Grapes from vineyards in sandy or siliceous terrains often produce wines of fresh flavors and aromas to be drunk young, while those from calcareous clay soils made wines that are richer in body and better suited to aging."
"Vineyard positions are important. For most wines of quality, hillsides are better than plains, since day-night temperature variations essential to developing aromas are greater at the heights. In cool zones, vines on south-facing slopes benefit from full exposure to the sun, so grapes ripen earlier. They also need to be well ventilated to prevent mold."
You can read the rest of the Q&A column here.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
"Laissez les bon temps roulez!” (Let the good times roll!) is the theme of Mardi Gras night at the Wine Country Inn on Saturday, Feb. 21.
Join in the revelry, which will include Bourbon Street’s famous Hurricane cocktails, hot food and hotter jazz from 8 to 11 p.m. in the hotel’s Vineyard Room.
Live music will spotlight Influx Jazz Quartet, a popular local band which will provide instrumental jazz for listening and dancing. (Influx was booked after the Miles Ahead band had a conflict and had to cancel.)
"Influx is a great group," says Event Coordinator Juliann Adams. "They can handle everything from Miles Davis to light jazz and danceable tunes. They may even break out into some Dixieland for Mardi Gras."
Guests can celebrate one heck of a New Orleans-style “fais do-do.” Loosely translated, that’s French for dance ‘till you drop. Hear great jazz, grab a drink and dance the night away with friends.
Mardi Gras 777 will offer a cash bar, bar menu, and those famous Hurricanes, which are amazing concoctions of lime juice, passion fruit syrup and rum. There is a $5 cover charge. Everyone 21 and over is welcome.
To encourage responsible drinking and safety, the hotel is offering an optional special room rate of $77.70 for a standard room for two, including a complimentary pass to Mardi Gras 777 for those who prefer to stay over instead of driving home. The room night is not required for enjoying Mardi Gras 777.
“We had such a good turnout for our first Jazz 777 night, we realized that there is a real need for a music venue that’s fun and affordable,” explains Anne Tally, co-owner.
“My Mom is a native of Louisiana, I attended college in New Orleans, and our GM logged some years in the hotel business in the state, so we have some knowledge of Mardi Gras!”
Tally adds that guests can parley the Mardi Gras room special into a two –night weekend getaway by coming in on Friday and visiting wineries, art galleries and studios, shops, restaurants and other attractions on Saturday before the big party.
For those who are not familiar with Mardi Gras, here is a brief explanation: Shrove Tuesday on Feb. 24, is the climax of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Mardi Gras, like other annual carnival celebrations around the world, precedes Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent, a somber observance leading up to Easter.
No reservations are required to attend Mardi Gras 777, but guests who prefer to stay over should give the hotel a call to book accommodations at the special rate. Parking is free.
The Wine Country Inn is located at 777 Grande River Dr. Palisade (Exit 42 Off I-70). Phone numbers are 970-464-577 and 888-850-8330.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Under the headline, "Colorado Rocky Mountain Valentine’s Weekend Getaways," Denver Travel Examiner Blogger Diana Rowe writes:
"Palisade Wine and Dine"
"A special Romance package starting at $155 per night is available at the Wine Country Inn, located in Palisade, Colorado in the heart of the state's wine country. This quaint, classic Victorian inn, run by innkeepers Richard and Jean Tally, is tucked in to a 21-acre vineyard, within a short walk of two of Palisade's wineries. Enjoy a standard room, a bottle of the inn's private label wine or champagne, two logo wine glasses, fresh cut roses, Chocolate Covered Cheesecake "Luv Bites" and a late check out. 1-888-855-8330."
You can read the rest of the article here.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Under the headline, "Colorado Wine Weathers Recession," 5280 Magazine Blogger Kazia Jankowski writes:
"A recent conversation with the Colorado Wine Board has me breathing easy. Despite the economy, our state wines are selling well, says Doug Caskey, executive director of the board."
"Last summer, even with weighty gas prices, more people headed to the tasting rooms in Paonia and Palisade. And across the state, holiday wine sales were up, in some cases 15 to 20 percent, over last year. Even wholesalers, who have seen a general drop in wine sales, report strong purchases of Colorado wine."
"Caskey’s not sure whether to attribute the healthy industry to an increased interest in local culinary products (a sentiment furthered by the sloping economy) or a shift in tastes. Either way, this may be one more indication that Colorado’s economy is headed for an upswing."
You can read the blog post here.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
"The Mesa County Commissioners looked themselves in the mirror Thursday with the help of a consultant."
"Commissioner Craig Meis was fidgety, bouncing his knee up and down constantly."
"Commissioner Steve Acquafresca was quizzical, seeking a better understanding of information provided."
"And Commissioner Janet Rowland was jabbed and rose to the defense of her aggressive nature."
"The trio gathered at Palisade’s Wine Country Inn for their annual retreat. To begin the daylong affair, Sue Hanson, business consultant and owner of Sue Hanson Speaks, reviewed exams the commissioners took last month. The tests were intended to reveal the commissioners’ personality types, such as dominant, analytical or passive."
"The results showed Rowland and Meis as being dominant, go-getters. They set goals, accomplish them and move on to the next challenge in rapid order."
"Acquafresca, on the other hand, is more analytical. He must mull over questions, work through problems, analyze the facts and then when personally assured the choice is right, he acts."
"The test results showed conflict exists among the board members and in the board’s interaction with county staff, and Hanson said that’s OK."
“Conflict is just a natural part of people getting along together,” she said. “Conflict is important.”
You can read the rest of the article here.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Garfield Estates is hosting a Wine Dinner Catered by Cowboy and the Rose. Enjoy an elegant dinner by candlelight at the winery. $75 per person, all inclusive (includes a special gift for guests). Includes a 5 course gourmet meal, each course paired with a Garfield Estates wine. Dinner will start at the winery at 6:30.
Advance purchase is required and can be made by calling the winery. Cancellations with a full refund will be accepted until February 11th.
Carlson Vineyards is holding its “Cherry ‘n Chocolate” tastings - Stop by Carlson Vineyards on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in February for tastings of “Cherry ‘n Chocolate”. February is "Arts, Hearts, and Tarts" month.
What is Cherry ‘n Chocolate? Taste the rich flavors of Carlson Cherry wine sipped from a glass rimmed in Enstrom’s premium semi-sweet dark chocolate. Savor cold Cherry wine over warm velvety chocolate. Winery visitors love this combo! Carlson's Cherry wine is made from pure, Colorado-grown Montmorency pie cherries - it's a sweet-tart wine with big flavors like a cherry pie without the crust.
Cherry ‘n Chocolate - a tasty Valentine Day gift for all your best friends - on sale now at $13.98.
It's fun for dessert, with friends, romantic evenings, a chocolate fix, girlfriend get-togethers, Mother's Day, and gift-giving anytime. Easy, delectable, and so decadent!
Available only at the winery, open daily 10-6. On East Orchard Mesa at 461 35 Road in Palisade.
Inari's, 336 Main St., Palisade — On Valentine’s Day, dine on the bistro’s new winter seasonal menu and listen to music by guitarist Bob Alster. Reservations still available for Friday, Feb. 13. Info: 970-464-4911.
Of course, all these events can be combined with a Romance Package/overnight stay at the Wine Country Inn.
Under the headline, "Vesta Wins in Colorado Wine Industry Awards," Westword Food for Thought columnist Tyler Nemkov blogs:
"The Colorado Wine Industry announced the winners of its 2008 Restaurant Recognition Awards Monday night. The competition, which I wrote about a few months ago in "Colorado wine sure is fine," handed out honors in two categories: Best Colorado Wine List and Best Use of Colorado Food and Wine."
"The best wine list award went to The Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery, at 25 West Cimarron Street in Colorado Springs (Vines Wine Bar, at 19501 East Main Street in Parker, got an honorable mention for best Colorado wine list, especially its dessert list). And the Best Use of Colorado Food and Wine went to Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, Denver."
"I talked yesterday with Matt Selby, chef at Vesta and also at Steuben's, who was both happy and humble about the recognition."
"Yeah, man, we thought it was really cool," he said. "It's not like we use Colorado products for the sake of an award, but it feels righteous that we got something to show for it."
"He said Vesta will use the $1,000 prize (the amount given each of the three winners) for the general restaurant fund, or maybe to throw an employee party. "
"The competition for this year's awards was very, very stiff," said Doug Caskey, executive director of the Colorado Wine Board. "We had many restaurants showing great support for local products on their wine lists and on their menus, and had to add an honorable mention to the awards because of the so many great entries. This is a truly exciting time to dine out in Colorado, when so many chefs and sommeliers are featuring great local products."
You can read the Westword article here.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
If you or an artist you know would like to submit work for consideration, please email images and a resume or website link to email@example.com. The Blue Pig can also accept printed information by mail at PO Box 94, Palisade, CO 81526. Phone: 970-464-4819.
Coming to The Blue Pig Gallery next month
Jim Cavett's first gallery exhibition his photographs from travels around the globe. And Lillian Wyant's unique slice of life as captured in her oil and acrylic paintings.
Visit The Blue Pig Gallery Tuesday - Sunday, February 10 - 6 where more than 30 area artists show art work in all styles and media. The gallery will showcase new art work every week.
You can enjoy live music from Molly Greacen from 4-6pm, while you sip your way through the wine list and pair the wines with some Belgian Chocolates. BookCliff will have chocolates from Belvedere Belgian Chocolates. This event is free and open to the public.
What: Live Music from Molly Greacen, Wine Tasting, Chocolate and Wine Pairing
When: 1:00 - 6:00 p.m, Music from 4:00 - 6:00, Saturday, February 14th, 2009
Where: BookCliff Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room
1501 Lee Hill Road #17, Boulder CO 80304
The winery/tasting room is located in North Boulder just across from the Gateway amusement park. As you drive out of Boulder on 28th Street, just after you pass the Holiday Drive-in Theater sign, turn left onto Lee Hill Road and then take an immediate right into the parking lot on your right, BookCliffs is in unit 17.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Palisade’s 80-room Wine Country Inn will be the host hotel.
“It is a real honor to host this conference,” said Palisade Chamber of Commerce Director, Leif Johnson. “Throughout our state, Palisade is recognized as Colorado’s Fruit & Wine Capital. It’s an opportunity to showcase Palisade to our colleagues. Last year’s opening of the Wine Country Inn made this possible.”
“Palisade is well known for its wine and fruit,” said CCCE Chair, Sandy Evans-Hall. “The opportunity to hold our conference there certainly caught our attention. We’re looking forward to a great Palisade experience.” Each year, the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives hosts a spring and fall conference. Conferences provide chamber executives with educational seminars and perspectives and the chance to network with industry colleagues.
For more information, contact the Palisade Chamber of Commerce at 464-7458 or visit their website, palisadecoc.com.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Under the headline, "Who’s News in the Grand Valley Business Community," Grand Junction Free Press Reporter Tracy Dvorak wrote:
"Planet Wines, 420 Main St., Grand Junction, holds wine tastings every Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Once spring comes around, the store will stay open later, and the wine tastings will last longer. Sign up for the store’s e-mailing list, and receive 10 percent off all your purchases anytime you shop there. The store offers a huge selection of wines and has a nice representation of Colorado wines from vineyards in Cortez, Paonia, Palisade and Reeder Mesa. Coming soon, owner Mike Chariton tells me, Planet Wines will be offering wine classes. More details as I hear them."
You can read the rest of this column here.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
With the big day less than a week away, surprise your loved one with thoughtful pampering offered in the Wine Country Inn’s Romance Package. The hotel provides great amenities to create a magical evening together.
Whether you are celebrating Valentine's Day, an anniversary or just getting away from it all, we can make your stay a romantic retreat to remember. The Romance Package offers a perfect opportunity to enjoy each other's company in an inviting, luxurious atmosphere that is definitely out of the ordinary.
The Romance Package includes:
• Overnight stay in a room with Victorian atmosphere
• Chilled bottle of the inn’s private label wine or champagne
• Two logo-ed wine glasses
• Fresh cut roses
• Chocolate Covered Cheesecake "Luv Bites"
• Complimentary Wine Country breakfast
• Late check-out
The Romance Package is for a Standard King or Double Queen Room. Some restrictions may apply. No other discounts are available with the package. This offer is valid through February 2009. The value of the package may be applied to room upgrades.
Enjoy elegant surroundings on your special night. A Jacuzzi spa is available in the poolside courtyard. Also available is a deluxe King suite with Jacuzzi tub and shower in the Vintner’s House.
Vineyard colors of burgundy and gold warm the rooms, which boast deluxe bedding, chairs and ottomans, restored historic photographs, as well as a unique sliding “barn door” for our closets and bathrooms. (It’s part of the inn’s farm house theme). Granite vanities and shower surrounds in the bathrooms, and other touches typical of fine hotels complete the décor.
Please call 1-888-855-8330 or 1-970-464-5777 for more details.
Friday, February 6, 2009
At the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in California, Chris Macias blogged for Sacramento Bee:
"The only constant these days is change," said Jim Trezise from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, as he opened one of today's sessions at Unified Wine & Grape Symposium. The topic of the morning was "changing trends in changing times" in the wine industry, and was perhaps the best general session of this wine symposium thus far. Attendance at the Hyatt Regency's ballroom, however, was on the lighter side and due perhaps to all the Unified wining and dining going on last night."
"The emphasis on this panel was, like with other discussions over the week, centered around the economy and growing consumption of value wines. The United States is poised to become the largest consumer of wine by 2012, and a key to this rise is the "millennial" generation of ages 32 and under. Research shows that the portion of this demographic that is of legal drinking age is especially interested in drinking wine and more active among other age groups in visiting wine bars and joining wine clubs. But it's value that everyone is looking for, and this new surge in wine interest will be driven by affordable table wines versus high-end trophy bottles."
"The $10 bottle is the new $20 bottle, and the $20 bottle is the new $100 bottle," said John Gillespie of Wine Colleagues, a St. Helena-based advocate for wine businesses."
"Rising interest in "foodie" culture, including such movies as "Ratatouille" and the Food Newtork, also bodes well for wine culture, said San Francisco wine consultant Courtney Cochran. But notions of elitism and snobbery in the wine world may be stunting some of this growth. The overall message: opportunities exist for the expansion of wine as a part of everyday American life, even in these tough economic times."
You can read the rest of the blog here.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Under the headline, "Wine Makers Toast a New Wine Drinker in the White House," Reuters
Reporter Leslie Gevirtz wrote:
"NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - The wine world is raising a glass to President Barack Obama as he moves into the White House, hoping his enjoyment of U.S. wine will impact on American's drinking habits."
"U.S. wine producers could hardly contain their glee at the news that the Obamas had bought a $1.65 million mansion in Chicago equipped with four fireplaces -- and a wine cellar that reportedly holds up to 1,000 bottles."
"I can't help but think that after eight years of no wine drinkers in the White House that (Obama) will have a felicitous effect on Americans' drinking habits," John Gillespie, head of the Wine Market Council, told the 2009 Wine Market Council Research Conference in New York."
"Outgoing President George W. Bush is a teetotaler who gave up alcohol over 20 years ago."
"The White House has no official wine cellar but wines are chosen by a small team for specific events, based on their affinity with the menu as well as politically correct pairing depending on the guests in attendance."
"But all wines served at state dinners are American."
"President Lyndon Johnson decreed only American wines should be served at White House state dinners and it has stayed the same ever since -- although President Richard Nixon reportedly had his beloved Chateau Margaux secretly poured."
You can read more about the article here.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Under the headline, "State Wine Board Meets in Salida," Arlene Shovald wrote for The Mountain Mail:
"Salida and Cañon City have great wineries, but they're a little out of the way and they are on their own, with no other wineries in the area," Doug Caskey, executive director of the board, said."
"We try to spread our meetings around the state, and Salida and Cañon City don't get much attention, so we decided to come to Salida this time."
"Retreats are designed to keep Colorado wineries abreast of legislative and other changes, discuss public relations and budget questions and in general keep up-to-date regarding interests of the wine industry."
"The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board of Boulder was established in 1990 and began keeping records in 1991."
"Nine members are appointed by the governor, representing wine makers, grape growers, wine wholesalers and retailers, general public and ex officio members from Colorado State University and the Colorado Tourism program."
"The executive director is hired by the wine board. Fourteen members attended the Salida retreat."
"There are 74 wineries throughout the state, not just the Western Slope," Caskey said. "We actually have more wineries along the Front Range than in the Grand Valley near Palisades and Grand Junction."
"Since the board began keeping records, Colorado wine production increased 10 times."
"A 2006 economic impact study by CSU showed annual wine industry economic impact on Colorado is $21 million and the figure doubles if wine tourism is included."
You can read the rest of the article here.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Under the headline, "Pew: Almost Half of Americans Want to Live Somewhere Else," USA Today Reporter Haya El Nasser wrote:
'I love it here'
"When Joe Higginbotham goes to town, he never runs into traffic jams. He never has to circle to find a parking spot. And he never has to worry about safety. "I can park my car in the street, get out, leave the keys in the ignition," says Higginbotham, 57, a retired instrument engineer for a large paper company. He runs errands at the bank, store and post office and makes a stop at the local saloon and "nobody bothers anything. … I love it here."
"What Higginbotham calls "his little piece of heaven" is Palisade, Colo., 15 miles east of Grand Junction. Population: 2,793. Traffic light: one."
"Higginbotham is among the 52% of Americans who are happy where they are, according to the Pew survey."
"When Higginbotham sits on the deck of the barn-styled home he built in the middle of a pear orchard, he has no doubt he is where he wants to be."
"Happily divorced" and his kids grown, he is thrilled with the laid-back lifestyle in a small town. Yet he is 20 minutes from an airport and a mall and within 2 miles of nine wineries. He has one request: "Just don't tell the Californians."
You can read the rest of the article here.
Monday, February 2, 2009
The Blue Pig Gallery will host the second annual Winefest Art Contest exhibition Friday, February 13, 2009 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This is the second year Colorado Mountain Winefest has invited Colorado artists to submit artwork for use on the 2009 Winefest poster and all other promotional material. The winning entry will be purchased by Winefest and will be included in an exhibit of selected entries exhibited for sale at the gallery through February 28, 2009.
“This is a great opportunity for a Colorado artist to gain a broad, international audience through Winefest’s promotions,” says Marla Wood, Gallery Director. “And we’re delighted to work with Winefest, again. What goes better with art than wine?” Wood said the opening will include a brief wine tasting offered by Grand Valley Wine Association members: Grande River Vineyards, Plum Creek and Garfield Estates.
“We’re excited to partner again with The Blue Pig Gallery for what we’re calling “The kickoff to Winefest 2009,” said Sarah Catlin, Director of Colorado Mountain Winefest. “We celebrate the achievements of Colorado winemakers and wanted to bring the same attention to Colorado’s wonderful artists.”
Last year’s winner, Kimmer High Jepson brought a fresh, new look to Winefest with a piece entitled And You Thought Our Wines Were Tame. The pastel depicted a Colorado cowboy taming a bucking bottle of Colorado wine at a Winefest inspired rodeo.
The Blue Pig Gallery is a collective representing more than 30 area professional artists working in all media and styles. The gallery hosts special events and shows with art from artists around the country throughout the year. For questions about exhibits and events at The Blue Pig Gallery call (970) 464-4819 or visit www.thebluepgigallery.com. The Blue Pig Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Under the headline, "Wine Country Wedding in Colorado?" Gigglesoup wrote:
"Yes, absolutely. You didn't know there were wineries in Colorado, now, did you? Well, there are. Quite a number of them in fact, located around Grand Junction and the surrounding area."
"What this means for you is that you can add Grand Junction, Colorado to your list of destinations for a beautiful wine country wedding. And, one venue which should top your list is The Wine Country Inn, located near Grand Junction in Palisade, Colorado's first wine-themed hotel, situated in the middle of 21 acres of vines."
"If you decide to have your wedding at the Inn, you can choose from several different sites on the property, from the outdoor Pavilion among the vines, a landscaped courtyard, the Vineyard Ballroom, or several smaller sites for more intimate ceremonies. For your reception, you can have the Chef create any type of event you want, from a formal dinner to a more casual hors d'oeuvres reception. And, before or after the wedding, you and your guests will have many opportunities for wine tastings, as the Inn is adjacent to two wineries and a short drive to many more."
"The area around Grand Junction is truly an outdoor lover's paradise. For hikers, you have the awesome Grand Mesa National Forest, the world's largest flat top mountain, dotted with hundreds of lakes. Grand Junction is also located at the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers, a dream location for rafters and kayakers."
You can see Gigglesoup's blog post here.