Talon Palisade Winery
We are pleased to announce three of our wines (Talon Wingspan Red, Wingspan White, and St. Kathryn White Sangria) can now be sampled and sipped at the newly re-branded Palisade Cafe and Wine Bar. The Palisade Cafe offers nightly dinner specials that feature food and wine pairings. Owner John Sabal, and house sommelier, says, "As a full-service wine bar, our patrons can now learn more about Colorado wines in one location unlike anywhere else. We’re excited to be a year-round Colorado wine enjoyment center.” We are grateful to be alongside our other local winery peers at this local hotspot. Visit the Palisade Cafe and Wine Bar at 113 W 3rd St.
Newly Released: The Falconer
The much anticipated new 2016 vintage of The Falconer has been released and is showing promising reception from our customers. Only 99 cases were made of this reserve blend, making it truly an exclusive, one of a kind red blend. Head Winemaker Hillary Eales says, "This vintage of Falconer has a unique toasted chocolate aroma that honestly surprised and delighted me as it came out in the wine. It's smooth enough to drink now, yet tannic enough to cellar." The Falconer is a proprietary blend of premium, Old World “black” grapes originating in Portugal, and the Pyrenees of Southern France. Its deep, rich color and dry flavors of black cherries, cocoa, and coffee with an undercurrent of oak make it enjoyable now and for many years to come. With cases being sold at a time, we know we have made a uniquely premier product. Give us a call today to find out how you can get your hands on this unique vintage: 970-464-1300.
Caprese Bites with Pinot Grigio.
This time of year calls for refreshing, light pairings that will work perfectly for your next outdoor get-together. One of the biggest challenges as a consumer of wine is finding a food and wine pairing that will work well together. That’s why we offer them to you here! It's our job to not only provide you with the highest quality wine, but to make sure you have the right wine for the occasion.
We recommend Talon Pinot Grigio with these easy to make Caprese Bites. Both are light and refreshing. When finding pairings, it’s important to keep the flavors either similar or opposite (spicy and sweet).
Cherry Chip Cheese Ball or Dip
This recipe highlights our Meadery of the Rockies Cherry Honey Wine. It’s a delicious, sweet Cheese Ball filled with Maraschino Cherries and mini Chocolate Chips.
Behind the Scenes Look: Featuring Wholesale Assistant Natalia
Our Wholesale Assistant Natalia helps us keep our relationships strong with our local wine providers. If you are local, you may even recognize her! Her weeks get pretty busy working for us here at Talon Wine Brands, as we are one of the only wineries that locally distributes our own wine here in the Grand Valley (Outside of the valley we use a distributor, such as Breakthru Beverage). She stocks the wine, delivers it, and takes orders just to name a few of her responsibilities.
The New Peach Pack
As many of you know, our Talon Wine Brands family and facilities are in the heart of peach country here in colorado. Two of our wines, St. Kathryn Cellars Peach Wine and the Meadery of the Rockies Peach Honey Wine are created with these world-renowned local peaches. Unfortunately, our beloved Peach Festival was canceled this year, so we at Talon Wine Brands decided to hold a Peach Week, with peach inspired cocktails and desserts. To further celebrate the season, we created the Peach Pack as a fun and easy way to allow customers, visitors, and peach fans to take a piece of Palisade home with them in a sleek and functional fashion. These boxes contain one bottle each of the peach wines, a Honeyville Peach Drink Mixer, and 2 complimentary wine recipes. We recently sent out 42 of the boxes to local retailers in the Grand Valley. If you are interested in offering a fun and attractive piece of Palisade to your customers and neighbors, contact me, James Ferguson, or your local Breakthru Beverage sales rep to talk details.
NEW Account Highlights: Hotel Maverick
You can expect to receive a fun gift when planning a stay at the Hotel Maverick in Grand Junction, CO. This new addition to CMU’s campus brings an upscale and fresh feeling to the town of Grand Junction. Its terrace overlook allows an almost 360 look at the valley, and the interior is sleek and inviting. If you decide to stay here, you will also receive a bottle of wine from our facility! Relationships with our Wholesale accounts are VERY important to us, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to help welcome guests when they visit the Grand Valley.
Peach Wine Pairing
What goes well with Peach Wine? We recommend peach pie or peach muffins, as they use local Palisade Peaches, and match well with the flavor profile. They are both lightly sweet, but neither one of them outweigh the other. Need a recipe? Find recipes on our website. We encourage you to recommend these pairings to your customers, and see your sales rise!
Since it is peach season, what better way to sell our peach wine than with a peach inspired recipe! These recipes use Palisade Peaches and our St. Kathryn Peach Wine and Meadery of the Rockies Peach Honey Wine. Feel free to print out these recipe cards to share with your customers!
It's Peach Season! Bring the taste of Palisade home with you when you purchase peach wine. Light, sweet, and refreshing flavors are perfect to combat the heat:
St. Kathryn Cellars Peach Wine
St. Kathryn Cellars Peach Wine is the ultimate summer wine, made with world-renowned Palisade peaches. It is medium sweet, with a wonderfully peachy aroma and flavor. Serve slightly chilled by itself or with a variety of foods.
Talon Winery Charonnay
Talon Chardonnay is a classic, unoaked wine that is medium-bodied, fresh, and easy to drink. Typical of stainless steel vinted Chardonnay, look for honeyed aromas, crisp tropical flavors, and a bright finish. Refreshing by itself, it also pairs well with a variety of cuisine.
Meadery of the Rockies Peach Honey
Peach Honey Wine is a balanced blend of Peach Wine and orange blossom Honey Wine. Made with Palisade peaches, this wine has a fabulous peachy aroma and color.
Take Advantage of our Case Discount Program
Our case discount program will help you stay stocked. Discounts are applied at the 6-, 15-, 32- and 65-case levels. Use feature pricing to pass savings on to your customers and build sales faster. For restaurateurs, we offer special bottle pricing for wine lists and by-the-glass.
St. Kathryn Cellars Lavender Wine has become one of our most popular, top-selling wines. Ever. It’s delicious. People love it. It’s been a favorite of our customers for more than six years. In fact, the wine has sold consistently enough that we’re now bottling it twice per year – the only wine we bottle twice per year.
Just read the reviews above to get an idea of how special it is. But! One of the most interesting things about the wine is how it came about – because we never intended to set out and create the world’s best lavender wine. Of course, we’re grateful now that the idea was presented to us. But the story of our lavender wine is really more of a group effort than just us, alone.
Palisade, Colorado Is Known For Growing Lavender
St. Kathryn Cellars is located in Palisade, CO. We’re located just on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains, at the confluence of the Colorado River and Gunnison River – an area that has surprisingly fertile soil. Our area is known for “Palisade peaches,” which people literally travel our way to pick up, by the box or barrel. Certain kinds of grapes grow exceedingly well here, such as Riesling, which we’ll be talking more about soon. And lavender. We’re not as famous for lavender as we are for other things, but each year, we do have a Lavender Festival (for which another great local company, Lightbulb Media, makes great videos) that draws in most of the valley. And the lavender, we’ve found over time, makes for great wine.
How Our Lavender Wine Came To Be
Our head winemaker was approached years ago by a local lavender farm. They had the idea to make lavender-infused wine, and wanted to find a local winery who would take on the challenge. Initially, truth be told, we weren’t sold on the idea. Most people, even today, when they first hear about our lavender wine, think the idea of it sounds odd. This was right about the time Talon’s current owner, Glenn, took over. But the lavender farm was persistent, and pursued their idea with a couple other wineries, local to Palisade. They then came back to us at St. Kathryn Cellars, and told us that they’d found someone who was willing to give it a try. But they believed that with our setup, that we could do a better job, and asked us to reconsider a trial run. In the end, we decided to do our best making what we thought must’ve been one of the world’s first lavender wines, on large scale.
For our first batch, we used Cameo Rose as our base, in part because we had a decent stock at the time. It also seemed like it could be a good pairing for the lavender infusion. There were a lot of trials with that first batch, and some fine tuning involved through each step of the process. But we made enough bottles of our new lavender wine to last for a year. Or, so we thought.
Within four or five months or whole stock sold out. We were more than surprised at our customers’ enthusiastic response to our new, adventurous wine. And we decided that lavender held an opportunity for us and our community that we couldn’t pass up.
Today’s Lavender Wine By St. Kathryn Cellars
Today’s lavender wine is made using Riesling grapes from Talbott Farms, here in Palisade. Riesling grapes grows well in Colorado’s Western Slope, which can sometimes have unexpected late-season frosts, and wildly varying temperatures. But with Riesling, we can almost always get a good crop that’s flavorful, aromatic, and that complements lavender, nicely. We also love working with local farmers for our grapes. It gives us a chance to be more involved in the community, and support local businesses and families here. Plus, Talbott are sixth generation farmers. They know as much or more than anyone about farming, they have grape-growing figured out, and produce a great crop for our winemaking each year.
Our Riesling wine alone is a fantastic wine (you can check our Riesling wine here). We’ve won two gold medals with our Riesling at wine competitions. We use the exact same Riesling as the base for our lavender wine, so you can know that we are not skimping on quality. Just because we’ve added a fun, lavender flavor to the wine, doesn’t change our commitment to bringing our customers the best. Which is, of course, part of why our lavender wine is so good.
The Process Of Making Lavender Wine
We begin our lavender wine making process with the Riesling base. We then add organic Buena Vista lavender from our local producer, Sage Creations. A food processor grinds up the lavender, and we then seep it like a tea, in the wine. Grinding the lavender, we’ve found, helps release the lavender’s oils from the flower. As the lavender seeps into the Riesling wine, it extracts the flavor, and produces more flavorful aromatics. After the wine sits for a couple weeks, we continually smell and taste the product each day, until we’re satisfied that we’ve reached the proper balance. It’s important to us that we get the lavender flavor we’re looking for, without getting too much on the herbaceous side.
Pairing Foods With Our Lavender Wine
Our lavender wine is a sweet wine. It pairs well with salty cheese, and charcuterie trays. One dish you may also try is pairing it with yellow squash and pumpkin soup, which may sound odd, but works very well. We’ve also had good experiences when pairing our lavender wine with fish cooked with lemon. Overall, this wine can go well with a lot of foods. And, one of the most important things we like to tell people, is this: drink what you like. Don’t worry too much about occasion, food pairings, or what’s “proper.” Wine all comes down to what you enjoy, and if you’re sharing, what your guests enjoy.
Lavender Drink Mixes
If you want to see a couple great drink mixes that use our lavender wine, we have recipes for our “Lavosa” (Lavender Mimosa) and Lavender Spa Water on our website. You can also make a great drink by combining a glass of our lavender with lemon bubbly water. It makes for a very refreshing summer drink.
Wine guides are full of advice about what wines go best with fish or fowl, but what about our favorite dishes of today? The fruit and fresh produce, the comfort food and Asian creations? Here are links to recipes and perfect wines to pair with your favorite foods of the moment, from St. Kathryn Cellars, Meadery of the Rockies and Talon Winery!
Pair ramen noodles (pictured above) with St. Kathryn Cellars fruit and botanical wines: Peach or Apple Blossom complement noodles nicely! "Use Your Noodles" from Wine Magazine contains a recipe for Asparagus and Sea Scallops with Sweet Miso Sauce. Substitute Sweet Honey Wine from Meadery of the Rockies for mirin.
Wine Folly says, “aromatic white wines are wonderful when matched with aromatic Southeast Asian and Indian cuisine” in the article "What are Aromatic White Wines?" St. Kathryn Cellars Apple Blossom, Peach or Lavender Wines would complement Sera Ramen's shrimp tempura, pictured above.
What wine would you pour when serving Avocado Toast? Pair with St. Kathryn Cellars Golden Pear, of course! It’s a match made in heaven! Wine Magazine recommends a bold white wine with avocado. The article contains a recipe for California Crab-Stuffed Avocado, which would be perfect with St. Kathryn Cellars Golden Pear Wine.
What wine gets comfortable with grits and greens? Pairing wine with comfort food is easy as pie. Choose a red blend like St. Kathryn Cellars Sweet Scarlet to meld the flavors of classic Southern dishes such as creamed spinach, corn grits and collard greens. St. Kathryn Cellars wines are lighter and brighter than grape-based ones like Cabernet Sauvignon and will lighten up the richness of classic Southern food. For a sensational taste paradigm switch, try St. Kathryn Cellars Strawberry Rhubarb Wine with these favorite dishes! Pictured above is the award-winning Jalapeno Mojo Melt from The Royal in Denver's Berkeley neighborhood.
Tuning in to the tuna poke bowl: Fiona Beckett advises serving a rosé wine with ahi, and what could be better than our new Talon Rosé? Other possibilities include St. Kathryn Cellars Lavender Wine or Peach; something with a touch of sweetness to match that of the fish. Above, tuna poke from Sera Ramen in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver.
With any flavor of Italian Ice, complete the experience by washing it down with a glass of St. Kathryn Cellars Lavender Wine. Ride the crest of the floral flavor trend with Lavender or its fragrant sister Apple Blossom!
Some of the wines mentioned in this article are pictured below, with links to their buy page on talonwinebrands.com.
Want more ideas about pairing today's hot dishes with wine? Check out this tutorial from Wine Folly.
The much-awaited arrival of Talon Wingspan Rosé in retail outlets, restaurants and hotels/event centers has begun throughout the state. The new wine joins its siblings Talon Wingspan White and Wingspan Red to form a trio of wine blends quenching the thirst of wine drinkers as well as the needs of restaurateurs for high-quality, consistent Colorado house wines to sell by the glass.
Why rosé? Rosé is leaping over most other varieties in popularity. “Rosé has shown strong growth over the past year and is outpacing overall US wine growth, a trend which will ramp up. . . thanks to the pink drink’s light and versatile appeal,” according to the research organization ACNielsen. Wine overall grew at 4 percent in 2017 but rosé grew by 53 percent, with 60 percent of American wine drinkers now consuming this delightful wine year round.
Talon Winery is adept at producing wines like rosé. Head winemaker Brian Stevens explained, “Our focus was to create a delicate, dry, bright and balanced rosé. To accomplish this we used Bordeaux grapes, a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, all grown in Palisade, Colorado. A light pressing gave this wine its beautiful, salmon color. Quick fermentation, at cool temperature was used to preserve alluring aromas and flavors.”
The trade is embracing Talon Rosé with excitement: “The Wingspan Rosé is the best Colorado wine we ever tasted,” said Eddie Castor, wine buyer at Super Liquor Mart in Littleton. “We are impressed with all of Talon’s wines.” Josh Matteson of Fisher's Liquor Barn in Grand Junction calls it "a perfect reflection of Colorado wines" and "the perfect rosé for the upcoming season."
Other Front Range places to try Talon Wingspan Rosé include Bitto Bistro (pictured at right) in Westminster; Hazel's Liquor World in Boulder; Total Beverage in Thornton; Buckley Discount Liquors, Hamden Crossing Liquors and Cherry Creek Liquors in Denver; and Bentley's and Mulberry Liquors, Fort Collins. On the Western Slope, Wingspan Rosé is available at Tacoparty, Bin 707 Foodbar, Goat & Clover Tavern, The Palette, Rockslide Brewery and 626 on Rood.
You can also buy Talon Wingspan Rosé and all other Talon wines online here.
With its three brands St. Kathryn Cellars and Meadery of the Rockies in addition to Talon Winery, Talon Wine Brands offers the most extensive selection of all Colorado wineries, ranging from St. Kathryn Cellars Peach Passion made with world-famous Palisade Peaches to the Meadery’s honey wines, melomels and dessert wines. The tasting rooms are open year-round and are among the most popular destinations in Palisade, Colorado, at the entrance to the state’s premier wine growing region, the Grand Valley AVA.
Are you in a mulled wine state of mind? Here's an easy recipe: Mix a full bottle of wine with two cups water and a carton of Aspen mulling spices in a crock pot. Heat, garnish with fruit slices and/or cinnamon sticks and enjoy!
If you use one of our St. Kathryn Cellars fruit wines, such as Apple Blossom, you'll instantly create the fresh apple taste of a wassail bowl. This is perfect for enjoying after winter activities, such as skiing or walking in the woods. Other St. Kathryn Cellars wines that are good for mulling include Golden Pear, Cranberry Kiss and, for a real taste sensation, Pomegranate!
Meadery of the Rockies makes honey wines that are also excellent for mulling. Try our Blackberry Honey Wine, which is on special at our Palisade tasting room during January. Apricot, Peach and Sweet Honey Wines are other good selections. We use orange blossom honey to make our meads, which lends a subtle citrus note.
Don't have packaged mulling spices handy? Then, make your own! Simply add whole spices from your spice pantry. Good additions are whole nutmegs, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, star anise, ginger, cardamom pods and a few peppercorns. Dried fruit may include citrus rinds, raisins or apple chips. Let the spices steep in the wine for about 30 minutes, never letting it boil. Strain out the spices, pour into mugs or a thermos and garnish with a lemon slice or a cinnamon stick. Below, a selection of these spices is pictured. Experiment and find your own signature combination!
Wine makers, chefs and wine lovers gathered at History Colorado Center in August to celebrate the 12 best wines that comprise this year's Governor's Case, representing Colorado's wine industry to the world. Meadery of the Rockies' Strawberry Honey Wine was among the chosen dozen. CEO and founder Glenn Foster (at right, below) joined (from left) Tyler Phillips, Talon's Front Range sales manager, Nina Acosta, Hyatt Regency pastry chef, John Recca, sales and marketing director and Melanie Snyder in pouring and pairing the wine for the crowds attending. Acosta's creation was a fennel pollen scone with pink peppercorn pickled strawberries and Chantilly cream, a delicious piquant dessert that brings out the sweet tart flavors of our celebrated mead. Get the recipe for pickled strawberries on our website, www.Talonwinebrands.com and discover the second best way to preserve the summery taste of strawberries! The best way, of course, is to acquire a bottle or a case of our award-winning Strawberry Honey Wine! Click on the link below the recipe to do so, or visit the store locator on our web site to find a store near you.
An article from the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel gives more information on the Governor’s Cup wine competition and the 12 winning wines: Raise your glass to these wines, by Dave Buchanan.
An evening of delight and deliciousness was in store for reporters representing national magazines, blogs and other media assembled at Grand Junction's Bin 707 Foodbar in August. Chef Josh Niernberg, the talent behind Bin 707 and its newest addition Dinner Party, had created an inspired five course dinner with innovative dishes paired with five of Talon's most celebrated wines. He is pictured above at right with Talon Wine Brands Founder/CEO Glenn Foster.
First, Niernberg created a Palisade Peach Pow-wow cocktail with St. Kathryn Cellars Peach Passion Wine to start the dinner off with a bang. The cocktail featured Palisade peaches from High Country Orchards, gin from Peach Street Distillers and St. Kathryn Cellars Peach Passion Wine. "The craft of the cocktail involves using locally sourced ingredients as the base of our recipes. We're showcasing spirits both unique and expressive of the Colorado terroir from which they're produced," he said.
For first courses, Talon Pinot Grigio was paired with stuffed squash blossoms and Talon Riesling with melon carpaccio.
Then came the main event. For an entrée of Wagyu beef, Niernberg chose Talon’s The Falconer, our premium red wine blend of European grapes aged four years in oak. Only 65 cases of this wine were produced and most of them have been snapped up by exclusive restaurants and resorts and commercial and private purchasers. The Falconer was poured for the reporters by Talon's head winemaker, Brian Stevens.
The Falconer provided a perfect foil for the beef, Avalanche Cheese Company blue cheese, caramelized onions and blueberry demi-glacé that accompanied it. The crowning touch to the evening was the pouring of Meadery of the Rockies Strawberry Honey Wine with a sweet/savory dessert of peach cobbler and sweet corn ice cream.
The media spotlight shines on Talon Winery this month, as Terri Cook from 5280 Magazine features Talon in her "Behind the Vines" blog. She details the history and vision behind Talon Wine Brands and talks about the vast array of traditional wines available, particularly praising the Viognier and the Gewürtztraminer. Check out the article here.