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This pick for our Wine Rack is a Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot blend. I present to you a 2007 Grateful Red, from Winter Park Winery, Fraser, CO. This is a full-bodied red wine that brings together the best of both grapes. This particular wine is not filtered making it one of my favorites. This winery is small so wines are made in smaller lots, limiting product & ensuring higher quality. I am a fan of the more hands on production in wineries such as Winter Park. It adds that personal touch to every bottle. With a small intimate tasting room this is a must visit should you ever be in the area. Say hello & enjoy a glass of any of their handcrafted wines.
Colorado’s grape growing is rumored to have first started with miners in the 19th century. These miners were said to have brought the very first grapevines to this state. Nothing like being prepared!!!
Although Colorado suffered during the times of prohibition, as did most of the United States the wine industry in this state was brought back to life during the 60’s. In the years to follow winery owners would experiment with a large verity of grapevines. Thus producing some best premium grade vintages for this region of the United States. This is due to the perfect growing conditions of the mountain climates in the high elevations of Colorado. The high elevations of are said to be the highest of vineyards in the world. These perfect growing factors makes Colorado is home to Two (2) AVA (American Viticultural Areas). These areas include the Grand Valley AVA & the West Elks AVA.
The popular varieties of grapes grown in Colorado are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, & Viognier.
All of these positive facts are pushing the winery growth to sore in Colorado. In 1990 there were around 5 vineyards, latest counts are approximately 100 commercial vineyards in this state covering approx. 1,000 acres. This is proof that Colorado is not to be underestimated or overlooked by the eyes of any wine lover worldwide.
This is a blended wine bringing the classic characteristics of Cabernet & Merlot grapes together. Tasting this wine I class it a full bodied dry red smooth finish with notes of blueberries. I would pair this with a nice steak right of the summer grill or with some Creamy soft Brie or Camembert.
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