Bottles of Apple Blossom (left) and American Riesling wine on display in the tasting room.
—Photo by Terri Cook
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
The People: In 2000, Father Paul Montoya, a monk of the Benedictine Order from Cañon City’s Holy Cross Abbey, visited Colorado’s Western Slope and learned about the region’s up-and-coming wine industry. When he returned home, Father Montoya...
November 25 2015, 11:28 AM
Tom and Mary Joan Bueb holding their 2015 Governor's Cup award in the tasting room at Turquoise Mesa Winery. —Photo by Terri Cook
The Winery: Turquoise Mesa Winery
The People: Although winemaker Tom Bueb grew up in a family with a long tradition of brewing beer, he had always been more interested in making wine. Each fall throughout the '90s, Tom, his wife, Mary Joan, and kids would gather with...
October 29 2015, 2:15 PM
Welcome to Paonia!
All photos courtesy of Terri Cook
Autumn—when lush orchards, vineyards and gardens are bursting with fresh produce—is the ideal time to visit Colorado’s beautiful North Fork Valley. Here, the Gunnison River’s crystal-clear waters meander lazily through a fertile vale fringed by tall mesas and towering peaks dotted with aspens,...
September 16 2015, 2:36 PM
Carbon's E.T. coffee drink and the Golden Arches breakfast sandwich will do you right—anytime of day.
If one thing draws you through Carbon Beverage Cafe’s doors, it should be the E.T. The drink (pictured) is a mix of espresso (the “E”) and tonic (the “T”) and lemon verbena. Sound weird? Maybe a little, but it’s the refreshing new face of iced coffee.
The tonic-and-coffee phenomenon has been...
August 28 2015, 1:45 PM
Marcel and Julie Flukiger welcome guests to Aspen Peak Cellars Winery in Bailey, Colo.
The Winery: Aspen Peak Cellars
The People: Winemakers Julie and Marcel Flukiger are both chefs by training. They met at Denver’s Brown Palace while Marcel—who is Swiss—was participating in an international work exchange. After falling in love and marrying in 1996, the Flukigers...
August 27 2015, 12:30 PM
The bright and spacious tasting room at Snowy Peaks Winery in downtown Estes Park.
Credit: Terri Cook
The Winery: Snowy Peaks Winery
The People: Snowy Peaks owners Candice and Erik Mohr are clearly not afraid to take a chance. Scientists by training, the duo worked as ecologists first in Arizona, where they met, and then in Colorado, where Candice grew up. But in 2003, after...
July 30 2015, 4:10 PM
Winemaker John Balistreri enjoys a glass of his handcrafted, Sicilian-style wine at the award-winning vineyard that three generations of his family help operate.
The Winery: Balistreri Vineyards
The People: Balistreri Vineyards is a family affair. Although founder John Balistreri, whose grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from a small village in Sicily, grew up making wine, he originally operated a cut-flower business from property he’d...
May 28 2015, 4:00 PM
Colterris Wines’ cab sauv grapes chill for summer rosé. —Image courtesy of Scott High
The “Coral” White Cabernet Sauvignon from Colterris Wines is a drinkable pink pearl that has emerged for its second summer season from Colorado’s Western Slope.
The winery, located on the southern mesa of Palisade, makes reds from cab sauvignon, cab franc, merlot, malbec and petit verdot...
May 18 2015, 10:30 AM