The secret is out! Meadery of the Rockies' honey wines are the perfect match for Valentine's Day! Reporters are taking note as Doug Caskey and Kyle Schlacter of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board recommended our double-gold-winning Strawberry Honey Wine to pair with Valentine's chocolates and sweets. Here are recaps and links to coverage in Colorado Life Magazine and on KDVR FOX31:
For a sweet Valentine's Day wine, Colorado Life Magazine suggests a sweeter wine with chocolate pairings, including this Meadery of the Rockies Strawberry Honey Wine. Doug Caskey of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board says, “It’s a delicious blend with a lovely, pinkish color—it has fantastic strawberry aromas and goes perfectly with chocolate-dipped strawberries. Meadery of the Rockies also makes the Chocolate Cherry Honey Wine, which is much darker and sweeter.” http://denverlifemagazine.com/…/valentines-day-colorado-wi…/
On FOX31, Kyle Schlacter of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board recommends Meadery of the Rockies’ Strawberry Honey Wine as one of the most romantic wines around. http://kdvr.com/2017/02/13/50-shades-of-colorado-wine/
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Join us for a cooking class with wine pairing and a special occasion floral demo on Saturday, February 11 from 6-8 pm at our tasting room in Palisade.
Learn how to make dishes such as a quick and foolproof Chocolate Mousse, spicy-sweet Chocolate Barbecue Sauce, and decadent Chocolate Truffles, created and demonstrated by Chef Diana on our staff.
The evening includes two glasses of wine, a tasting of all dishes, paired wines and a booklet with nine yummy chocolate-based recipes.
Charlotte from The Wildflower Floral will demonstrate flower arranging. Discounts will be available on floral orders.
Tickets are $25 each with discounts available for Wine Club members. To reserve, call Diana at 970-464-9288 by Sunday, February 8.
Chef Diana's Bio:
Diana Tarasiewicz grew up in a small town called Toul, in Alsace-Lorraine. After moving to the United States in 1974, she lived in New York City for almost a decade. She then moved to Grand Junction, Colo. in the early 1990s and started her own catering company for 13 years. In 1999 she began teaching as an adjunct professor at the Colorado Culinary Academy. Over the last 20 years she’s taught private classes in the community, and held culinary demonstrations at local festivals such as the Palisade Peach Festival and Parade of Roses Festival.
Talon Wine Brands has been busy this summer at festivals throughout the state. Here are some photos from our travels.
Bee Fest, Palisade
Bluegrass and Roots, Palisade
Estes Park Wine Festival
Front Range Wine Festival, Windsor
Palisade Peach Fest
Grand Valley Wine Tasting
Meadery of the Rockies Wins Gold,
Double Gold and Best in Show at
Governor's Cup Competition!
KREX TV came to Talon Wine Brands on June 2, 2016 and interviewed Head Winemaker Brian Stevens at our scenic pergola. His optimistic assessment of the 2015 and 2016 grape crops was music to Western Slope ears. Watch Grapes Looking Juicy for Winemakers this Year, by Callihan Marshall with Brian Stevens!
The Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival returns June 3, 2016, with up to 30 Colorado wineries, food, live music and fun! TravelMag lists it as one of the best festivals of the summer.
Join us in Memorial Park from 11 am to 5 pm. Here's what we'll be pouring:
- Talon Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, Cabernet, Wingspan Red, Moscato, White Merlot and Riesling
- St. Kathryn Cellars Pear, Strawberry Rhubarb, Lavender, Peach, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Cranberry Kiss and Sweet Scarlet
- Meadery of the Rockies Medium Sweet Honey Wine, Peach Honey Wine, Apricot Honey Wine, Raspberry Honey Wine, Strawberry Honey Wine, Cherry Honey Wine, Blackberry Honey Wine, Chocolate Raspberry Honey Wine and Chocolate Cherry Honey Wine
For more information, go to http://manitousprings.org/calendar/manitou-springs-colorado-wine-festival/
James Ferguson returned to Grand Junction’s CBS affiliate station to talk about Meadery of the Rockies and the lore and customs of honey wines on March 30. You can review the program here.
Hillary Eales was drawn to winemaking like a bee to honey. Literally. “I saw an ad for a job at Meadery of the Rockies in Palisade and was excited to apply because my husband and I are beekeepers,” she recalls.
Eales is now assistant winemaker for Talon Wine Brands, which plans to produce 30,000 plus gallons of wine in the coming months. Eales shepherds the creation of 40-plus varieties of grape, fruit, botanical and honey wines bottled for Talon Wine Brands, which is composed of the brands St. Kathryn Cellars, Talon Winery and the Meadery of the Rockies.
Starting out, she expected the position to be temporary until she could find a job in her chosen field of Emergency Medical Technician. But she grew to like the job so well that she has made it into her new career.
It didn’t start out glamorous and prestigious. “Cellar and grounds was my first job here,” she said. “It involved a lot of maintenance. Mowing. Taking care of the vineyard. Spring clean-up. But it helped me understand the winery on a basic level, so I was prepared when the winemaking job opened up.” For women who want to get into winemaking, Eales recommends the path she took. “Find any sort of job at the winery to get exposure and learn the ropes. Studying winemaking is good, but if education is not available, you can learn on the job.”
Eales said she was fortunate to learn from her supervisor, Head Winemaker Brian Stevens. “He is a good teacher and very knowledgeable. He doesn’t have a winemaking background and is now one of the most experienced and highly regarded winemakers around, so that gives me confidence.” After working in at least three male-dominated fields, including winemaking, EMT and welding, Eales realizes that “if you’re a hard worker and show that you can do the job, it’s not important whether you’re a man or woman.”
Stevens concurs. “There is a shortage of women in this industry and greater diversity will help it grow,” he says. “I think there’s a window of opportunity in the Colorado wine industry where you can walk in the door with no background, start at the bottom and work your way up, if you’re the right person. It requires a positive attitude, sensory skills, such as an attuned palate, the ability to recognize issues before they become systemic, and diligence.”
That diligence is what has contributed to Eales’ success, Stevens says. “Diligence, and her fantastic attitude. You can train people to do things but you can’t train attitude.”
Although she does work in a winery, there’s no need for attitude adjustment hour for Hillary Eales. “Bottling can be hectic, but working with Brian and the staff is always positive and upbeat. Glenn Foster, CEO and owner, gives us leeway to do the job as we see fit. And at the end of the day, I go home with a good feeling of accomplishment.” Foster agrees. “There are many highly acclaimed female winemakers and Hillary’s on track to be one of them,” he predicted.