Red, White & Brew: Enjoy Grand Valley adult beverages this summer
December 21, 2014
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With countless creations brewed, mixed, aged and tasted throughout the Grand Valley, elixir exploration can be endless. Plan your next dinner party or summer night under the stars with these expert imbiber tips.
Bin 707 Foodbar executive chef Josh Niernberg suggests trying Canyon Wind Cellars' 2012 Petit Verdot, which won Best in Show at the 4th annual Governor's Cup Colorado Wine Competition on Colorado's Front Range last April. The wine also won gold at the 2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition.
Canyon Wind Cellars owner Jay Christianson credits the region for quality grapes used in the Petit Verdot.
"It's the whole terroir (package)," he said. "It's the length of season, temperature, watering schedule … The grape is happy here."
The Palisade winery's website describes Petit Verdot "… with aromas of blackberry, peppercorn, tobacco, cola and cassis" and "abundant flavors of huckleberry, bergamot, pomegranate, toasted oak, vanilla and a hint of anise and chocolate.
"A broad mouthfeel and good acid balance makes this a big, bold wine that you won't soon forget."
Canyon Wind Cellars' tasting room is located at 3907 North River Road, Palisade. For more information, visit http://www.canyonwindcellars.com.
Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology (CAVE) executive director Cassidee Shull suggests picking up a bottle of Plum Creek Cellars' Savignon Blanc.
According to Plum Creek tasting-room associate Linda Curtis, its Savignon Blanc is "New Zealand-style, fruit forward, with good acidity and a crisp finish. Lots of fresh apples are coming through with a slight herbaceous note." Though it will "age nicely," it's meant to be a "drink-now wine."
Food pairings include cheese and crackers, salads and vegetable dishes.
"The light flavor profile will not overpower delicate dishes," Curtis said, "and the crisp, clean finish makes it a perfect seafood wine."
Plum Creek Cellars' tasting room is located at 3708 G Road, Palisade. For more information, visit http://www.plumcreekwinery.com.
Seeking a staple summer beer? Try Kannah Creek Brewing Company's Chill Pils Pilsner — a light blonde German lager that's slightly hoppy with floral aromas.
Kannah Creek marketing coordinator Katlin Birdsall said this pilsner is available on tap only; growlers can be purchased for $10.
"We only do two to three lagers a year," she added, with this one available at least through the end of August. "It's perfect for drinking on the patio."
Chill Pils Pilsner is available at Kannah Creek Brewing Company's flagship location (1960 North 12th St., Grand Junction) or at Edgewater Brewery (905 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction).
For more information, visit http://www.kannahcreekbrewingco.com.
Mix up a pitcher of white sangria, the recipe courtesy of Bin 707 Foodbar.
"Use an iced-tea container, then mix sparkling wine, unoaked white wine like Reisling or Savignon Blanc, and a few ounces of a liqueur like triple sec or brandy, etc.," Niernberg said. "Then using fresh fruit and mint, make a killer white or sparkling sangria to drink over ice."