Our Local Wines, Beer & Liquor – Part 2

August 3, 2015

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Welcome to Part 2 of our Local Wine, Beer and Liquor Series! This blog post is about all of the delicious local wines we feature from the Grand Junction area. Though the region itself is known for agriculture on a grand scale, these local Colorado wineries are taking it to the next level and producing unique and flavorful wines. We are so excited to be featuring these local Colorado wines in our store for the Summer season so stop by to see what wines we’d recommend for you!

Colterris Vineyards – Located in Palisade this winery’s meso-climate has the volcanic soils of the Grand Mesa and the Colorado River which contribute to the rich color, intense fruit flavors and character that make Colterris wines unique. You can read more about their wines and location here. At Wagon Wheel Liquors we are currently carrying their Cabernet Sauvignon.

Beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon grapes growing at Colterris Vineyards in Colorado.
Beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon grapes growing at Colterris Vineyards in Colorado.

Cottonwood Cellars/Olathe Vineyards – This is one of Colorado’s oldest premium wineries. They have been family owned since 1994 and have been producing wine from their vineyard since 1995. They produce between 3,000 to 4,000 cases of wine from seven different varietals of grape releasing their wines at the optimal time for flavor and age. You can learn more about this local Colorado wine here. At Wagon Wheel Liquors, we are currently stocking their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Pinot Gris.

Garret Estate Cellars – This vineyard, located in Olathe, is in an area that is known for its sweet corn. This winery is changing that with the many varietals of grapes they grow. They are a passionate group of winemakers and love working with other vineyards to produce wine that they are proud of. Read more about them on their blog or visit their website here where you can contact them for a tasting. We are currently carrying their Pinot Gris and Riesling wines at Wagon Wheel Liquors.

Two Rivers – Situated near the Colorado National Monument is the 15-acre family owned winery. They produce just six varieties of grape in order to achieve the consistency and predictability that they look for when producing their wines. They also offer a gorgeous venue for events in their Chateau as well as wine tasting and live music. You can find out more about their wines here as well as watch some of their videos on their YouTube channel. This season at Wagon Wheel, we are carrying their Port, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.

Carlson Vineyards – This unique winery located in Palisade, Colorado opened up their first tasting room in 1988 in a vintage 1930’s era fruit packing shed. Tradition and originality runs deep with this vineyard as is evident in the way they welcome visitors. Picnic in their backyard while you sip their many varieties of wine and take a private tour of their winery with the owner, Parker Carlson. You can read more about their winery here. The wines from Carlson Vineyards that we are carrying right now are their Laughing Cat Sweet Baby Red, Peach, and Cherry wine.

Carlson Vineyards of Palisade, Colorado featured at Wagon Wheel Liquors
Carlson Vineyards of Palisade, Colorado featured at Wagon Wheel Liquors

At Wagon Wheel Liquors, we embrace all things local – from our employees to our products. Knowing what we carry is a source of pride for us, so please ask us if you have questions as our staff wants to make sure that you get the wine (or beer! or liquor!) that you want. Stay tuned for our next post on all of the local brews from Colorado that we carry!

*Come join us on Wednesdays when we have our wine tastings from 4-6pm – where featured weekly wines are 15% off! Follow us on Facebook to find out which wines we are featuring this week and stop in to check out all of the other wines we have in stock, too!

Because local wines vary so much in their production, our supply varies seasonally.


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