One of the world’s oldest and most beloved beverages, wine is often praised for its health benefits, not to mention its variety of tastes. Red wine, a favorite among many, is so beloved that folks travel the world to visit vineyards and wineries to find the best wine, and to participate in grape stomping. From harvesting, to wine benefits, to wine grapes and more, it’s time to learn all about wine.
History of Wine
Archaeological evidence suggests winemaking may have started as long ago as 8000 BC, in what is now known as present day Georgia, Iran, and Armenia. Ancient cultures such as ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Assyria also produced wine, while ancient Rome and Greece so highly prized wine that they helped promote viticulture throughout the Mediterranean and Western Europe. During the Medieval age, wine production grew in Europe, and stayed strong until the 1870s, when disease ravaged most vines. Only the strongest vines survived, and winemaking resurged successfully in France and Italy.
Wines we enjoy today in the Americas are produced from grapes originally from Europe, first brought over by European explorers. These grapes have since mutated genetically (which occurs quickly in grapevines), which means today’s grapes are not identical to the varieties first brought over. Winemaking in the US took a hit during the Prohibition Era but recovered afterward. An interesting fact is that the majority of US wine comes from vineyards planted post Prohibition, making these vineyards nearly 90 years old.
How To Make Wine
Compared to other alcoholic beverages, wine making tends to be a simpler process. How so? Unlike beer, grapes naturally ferment, whereas hops require boiling. Wine requires grapes, and the type of grapes determines the type of wine. Ideally, grapes should be harvested by hand as machinery can be too tough on the fruit. Vintners then sort the grapes by hand to toss out rotten or underripe fruit. Next comes the fun part: crushing. Traditionally performed by foot stomping on the grapes (“pigéage” in French), modern vintners often use mechanical presses to save time, and for sanitary reasons. But don’t fret: there are still places that foot stomp grapes. Boiled down, the general process of how to make wine is harvesting, crushing, fermentation, clarification, aging, and bottling.
Fermentation is basically the process of converting sugars into alcohol. To make red wine, grapes are left with their skins, and depending on the type of wine a vintner wants to produce, will age the wine for several months to several years. Oak or steel barrels are used, depending on a vintner’s preference or which wine they want to achieve. Once a winemaker feels the wine is ready, the wine is then bottled and ready for consumption.
Benefits of Red Wine
When consumed in moderation, there are several health benefits to red wine. Wine grapes contain polyphenolic flavonoids, which are better known as antioxidants. These are molecules that neutralize free radicals, or compounds that can lead to physical harm, damage, disease, and even cancer. Red wine in particular contains more antioxidants than white wine as more grape skins are included in the fermentation process. The most active antioxidants in red wine are quercetins, catechins, and resveratrol, the last known primarily for lowering blood pressure and blood glucose levels. In addition, studies have also shown that resveratrol can help with improved mental health by decreasing the risk for anxiety and depression. Lastly, the antioxidant polyphenol is believed to improve heart health by reducing inflammation and lowering the risk of clotting.
How Much is Red Wine is Healthy?
Any alcoholic beverage should be consumed in moderation, and red wine is no exception. While wine does have some health benefits, these benefits can be easily undone by consuming too much wine. So how much red wine is healthy? The answer depends on an individual’s gender, age, health, and alcohol content of the drink being consumed. Studies from reputable sources, such as the US Department of Health and Human Services and PubMed Central, suggest 1 glass a day for women and 2 glasses a day for men, as the optimal amount to enjoy wine’s health benefits. However, it is important to note the actual amount of alcohol contained in a beverage, referred to as alcohol by volume, or ABV. Wine usually contains 12% ABV per 5 oz. glass; to compare, beer’s ABV is about 5% in a 12 fl. oz. glass. Since wine is served in smaller glasses than beer, folks can easily overconsume the beverage, so sticking to the guidelines above is good advice.
Why is Wine So Popular?
While beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the US, wine certainly has its own popularity. Part of wine’s allure is its distinct aesthetic which stems from the winemaking process and wineries, of picturesque vineyards and grape stomping. Wine is also perceived as a classy drink of the sophisticated, and wine indeed looks appealing swirling in a wine glass. Plus, wine is a great way to bring people together, whether its friends touring a winery together or co-workers enjoying a glass a merlot after work.
Grapes Used in Wine
What grapes are used in wine? Table grapes, the grapes you can purchase at the grocery store, are not used in winemaking. The reason is table grapes are a different species from wine grapes, which are specifically for wine making. While table grapes are delicious for eating, they make for poor wine as they have a thin skin. As the fermentation process for winemaking is dependent on grape skins, wine grapes are ideal as they have a thicker skin, while also imparting more tannins and a richer color. The most common wine grapes in the US are merlot, chardonnay, zinfandel, and pinot noir, to name a few: however, there are over a thousand types of grapes used in winemaking all over the world.
Why is Wine Poured Less Than Half Into a Glass?
If you’re not a wine connoisseur, you may wonder why wine is only filled to a third or to half of a wine glass. The reason for low fill is to allow tasters to swirl the wine to release the wine’s aromas, which then gather in the open space above the liquid; enjoying the aroma as well as the taste is all a part and tradition of the wine experience.
Honey: the thick, golden liquid produced by bees has been prized throughout the centuries and the world over. Known for its distinct sweetness, honey continues to be a staple in cooking and also in home treatments for sore throat and skin complaints. But what exactly is honey? Why and how do bees produce honey? What is the history behind honey? In this post, find out all about honey.
What is Honey?
Honey is a thick, golden liquid produced by bees, a result of insects extracting sugary secretions (nectar) from flowering plants.
Why Do Bees Make Honey?
We all know honey originates from bees, but why do they make it in the first place? Bees make honey to feed the whole hive – it is an excellent food source full of nutrients that can be stored and consumed during the winter months, when there is less for bees to forage on. As honey is high is sugars, it is an effective energy source as well, keeping bees going in the multiple tasks in and around the hive. Luckily for humans and other animals, bees make more honey than they actually need: an average hive can produce a surplus of around 65 pounds of honey per year.
How Do Bees Make Honey?
Bees make honey by extracting nectar, a sugary liquid, from flowers. Using their long, tube like tongues, nectar is drawn out and then stored in a bee’s “crop,” or extra stomach. Once the bees return to the hive, the nectar is then repeatedly passed from one bee’s mouth to another, each chewing the liquid. The partially digested nectar is then stored into honeycombs. At this stage, the nectar is still very water like in consistency, unlike the final product of honey, which is thick and viscous. To draw out all that extra water via evaporation, bees then furiously fan the nectar-containing honeycombs with their wings. Once this evaporation process is complete, worker bees then seal off the honeycombs with a substance from their bellies which hardens and eventually becomes beeswax. The now sticky and thick honey is protected from air and water, and lasts nearly indefinitely.
How is Honey Collected?
Human-kept hives have frames, where bees store their honey in honeycombs. Before honey extraction, bees are gently set aside using a bee brush; the use of smoke is quite effective in placating bees and making them easier to manage. The honey frames are then removed, and the beeswax scraped off. There are several methods to do this, either by removing the honey individually – honeycomb by honeycomb – or by scraping the combs all at once. Regardless of the exact method, a knife or fork is used to scrape the beeswax from both sides of the frame, exposing the honey. Then the frame is placed in a honey extractor, a type of metal container, which is then spun to remove the honey, where it collects to the bottom. The honey is then filtered through several layers of cheesecloth, and viola: now you have honey ready for human consumption.
Does Honey Expire?
Technically no, honey does not expire. So long as the liquid is stored in an airtight jar and kept away from excess moisture, honey remains safe to eat for decades (or longer). In fact, ancient Egyptian archaeological sites have yielded jars of honey dating thousands of years old…and the honey was still perfectly preserved. The reason for honey’s infinite shelf life lies in its biological makeup: with a high sugar content and low water content, honey is also antibacterial and has a low pH.
However, just because honey can last forever if stored correctly, doesn’t mean the liquid won’t undergo some changes. Honey can change colors and texture, going from clear to smoky, from smooth to granular. These changes are completely harmless unless the honey has been contaminated by bacteria, and/ or exposed to moisture. How to tell if honey has gone bad? A sour, instead of a sweet taste, is the classic sign.
Types of Honey
It may be easy to assume there’s only one type of honey, being that it is a golden liquid made by bees, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, there are over 300 types of honey in the US alone! This all comes down to what flowers bees take their nectar from, which affects the flavor and color of honey produced. For example, buckwheat nectar has a malty, molasses like taste and is nearly black in color, while the extremely popular clover honey is very light in color and has a sweet, mild taste.
What is Raw Honey vs. Regular Honey?
At the grocery store you’ll see honey bottles marked “raw honey,” but what does this mean? Raw honey can be best described as honey as it is in the hive. The honey is strained through cheesecloth to remove impurities, but otherwise is completely unprocessed. Regular honey, on the other hand, is processed via pasteurization, which kills yeast in honey, resulting in extended shelf life, and also undergoes filtration, to improve the clarity of the liquid. Between the two types, raw honey by far has the most health benefits: it has up to 22 nutrients, and various minerals, enzymes, and vitamins. The same cannot be said of regular honey, as since it is processed, many of these elements are removed, while hidden sweeteners – such as high fructose corn syrup – are added.
Uses and Health Benefits of Honey
Besides its use as a salve for sore throat during colds, honey is also effective at treating burns, wounds, ulcers, herpes, psoriasis, etc. as it enhances healing. A study has also shown honey as being effective in stopping the growth of cancer cells, due to the antioxidants within the liquid. Honey is also a great sugar alternative as it is low glycemic, meaning it won’t spike blood sugar, unlike regular sugar.
History of Honey
Bees have produced honey for millions of years. Regarding beekeeping, or apiculture, sources and opinions vary as to when humans first started gathering honey by “keeping” bees. Ancient Egyptians began beekeeping around 2500 BC, though other sources indicate the practice started even earlier in China. And long before any actual beekeeping was practiced, humans gathered, or foraged, wild honey. In Spain’s Cueva de la Araña (Cave of the Spider), a cave painting dating from 9000 BC depicts a figure bravely climbing towards a hive, basket in hand, while bees buzz around. Though methods for collecting honey have evolved since then, one thing remains certain: honey’s popularity as an all-natural sweetener and an effective health salve.
Join Our Wine Club
If you're not currently a wine club member, now is a great time to consider! We just finished our Talon Winery "Gilligan's Island" Wine Club Party. No worries if you missed it, as we regularly have in-person events specially for our wine club members.
If you aren't familiar, here are the other great benefits of becoming a club member:
- Discounts ranging from 15% to 25%!
- Free or discounted admission to special events (such as "Gilligan's Island!)
- Generous discounts on all wines and other merchandise
- Awesome flexibility in choosing the wines and quantities you want
- Choose wines from all three of our sister wineries (Talon Winery, St. Kathryn Cellars, and Meadery of the Rockies)
- Convenience in making selections on our secure, online shopping cart
We are so excited to share the JOY of Wine with you!
Springtime Wine Recommendations
The snow is melting and springtime is on the horizon.
We’re here to help accomodate the new season! What we offer here at Talon Wine Brands is an abundance of local selections. With over 30 varieties to choose from, we have superpower wines for every time of the year. Lighter and sweeter varieties are the stars of spring, and we have traditional grape, botanical, and honey wines that fit beautifully into this seasonality.
Here are our recommendations for Spring: white and rosé grape varieties for their refreshing and lighter body, botanical wines that match the fruits currently in season, and honey wines that are lightly sweet. Remind your taste buds of the flavors to come, such as blackberries, semi-sweet honey, and rosé wine.
Our Honey Shere' is decadence in a glass. Made from the highest quality ingredients and aged in oak barrels, it is rich, mellow and luscious. It has expansive flavors of fresh honey, caramel and vanilla married together in perfect harmony for your after-dining pleasure.
St. Kathryn Cellars Strawberry Rhubarb wine is a very popular wine that takes you back to Grandma's famous pie. It is sweet, tart, and delicious! Made from premium quality fruit, grown with care. Serve chilled by itself or with food, but always with family and friends.
Talon Pinot Grigio is pleasant and easy to drink. Dry yet quite fruity with hints of mango, citrus, and star fruit. Serve chilled, it is refreshing by itself or with lighter food such as seafood, salads, poultry, pasta with alfredo sauce, or appetizers.
Sangria, with a twist! This new creation gives extra life to a classic recipe. Using our Apple Blossom wine, this sangria is light and not overly sweet. Offer up this recipe to customers, they will love it!
Spring 2021 Featured Wines
The snow is melting and springtime is on the horizon.
We're here to help accommodate the new season! What we offer here at Talon Wine Brands is an abundance of local selections. With over 30 varieties to choose from, we have superpower wines for every time of year. Lighter and sweeter varieties are the stars of spring, and we have traditional grape, botanical, and honey wines that fit beautifully into this seasonality.
Our recommendations this season: white and rosé grape varieties for their refreshing and lighter body, botanical wines that match the fruits currently in season, and honey wines that are lightly sweet. Contact us or stop in to really dig deep into the wines that perform the best with each dish or setting. We are more than happy to offer descriptions and flavor profiles to help you in your decisions!
Must Try this Spring
St. Kathryn Cellars Sweet Scarlet is dark, rich, smooth, and moderately sweet. It exudes delicious berry aromas & flavors. It is 50% blackberry, 50% Merlot wines. One of our top sellers. A wonderful treat anytime.
Our 2020 vintage of Talon Wingspan Rosé is a Bordeaux style blend of 45% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. This is a dry wine with a subtle tannic structure and expansive aromas. Fresh berry flavors provide a lively, refreshing finish. Pair with a wide range of cuisine.
The Meadery Medium Sweet Honey Wine is a traditional style mead with aromas of vanilla and beeswax. it has a crisp, clean, and balanced flavor with hints of clover, spearmint, and anise. It's great with a wide variety of grilled meats and richer cheeses such as goat and brie cheese.
Sangria, with a twist! This new creation gives extra life to a classic recipe. Using our Apple Blossom wine, this sangria is light and not overly sweet. Offer up this recipe to friends - they'll love it!
Yoga at the Winery
It doesn't get better than wine AND yoga! We have teamed up with certified yoga instructor Natalia, owner of Your Journey Yoga LLC, who has crafted a fun 30- minute yoga flow class for all yogi levels. This class will be offered at our Talon Winery location. A happy hour will follow the class where you can enjoy a glass of wine included in the ticket price. We cannot wait to share this experience with you! The first event date is coming up quickly, so snag a ticket before they are gone!
March - 20th
April - 10th, 24th
May - 8th, 22nd (outside)
*WINE CLUB MEMBER DISCOUNTS DO APPLY TO THESE EVENTS
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Wine Club Colorado
Are you wine obsessed? There are many wineries throughout Colorado, but the Palisade Wineries are a must-visit for any wine lover! Situated in small-town Palisade, the rural and down-home atmosphere here boasts a reputation almost as beautiful as the scenery. Flavorful and unique wines call this place home, which makes it a popular destination for Colorado wine tasting. Wine Club Colorado - brought to you by Talon Wine Brands - brings the flavor and experience of the Palisade Wineries right to your home.
Talon Wine Brands offers a variety of wines that appeal to every taste and occasion. Do you consider yourself a wine connoisseur? Or are you new to the wine scene? A large part of the beauty and intrigue that comes with wine is all the different flavors, aromas, and types. The exploration that goes along with wine tasting definitely adds to the fun and experience.
Anyone with a passion for wine can appreciate a quality wine club. Whether your interest in wine is as a hobbyist or dedicated enough for specialty wine cellars, knowing where to sample new wines, meet like-minded people, and soak up some wine culture can be invigorating.
Come Explore With Us
The experience of Colorado wine tasting is part of the allure that allows it to be as popular as it is today. Read what people are saying about our wines here. Talon offers three unique brands that encompass different flavors, aromas, and types of wines. Wine Club Colorado allows you to access all the flavors from one convenient place.
Talon Winery offer a classic yet unique style. Fermented from high-quality grapes, the climate here on the Western Slope brings out a distinctive flavor.
St. Katheryn's Cellars
St. Katheryn Cellars offers an abundance of sweet and intriguing flavored wines for any occasion. These wines offer an experience within themselves. Enjoy them chilled, or on ice anytime!
Meadery of the Rockies
Looking for something different? Meadery of the Rockies offers honey wines! Tested and perfected over time, these wines offer a unique and sweet experience.
Wine Club Colorado through Talon Wine Brands allows us to bring our high-quality local wines directly to you on a consistent basis. Members enjoy many benefits including:
Discounts ranging from 15% to 25%
Free or discounted admission to special events
Discounts on merchandise
Flexibility in type and quantity of wine
Access to our secure and convenient online store
Which Wine is Right for Me?
Wine Club Colorado offers so many choices you might be asking yourself - which wine is right for me? The great thing about the variety we offer is that we can tailor wine to each mood or occasion.
Wine can be classified into several different categories: white, red, rose, dessert or sweet wine, and sparkling wine. Each has its own time, place, and palette in which they are served best. You can also learn more about perfect pairings and how to make the most out of your wine experience at our blog.
White wines are generally best served chilled. Like red wines, white wine has a wide range of flavor. These wines can be sweet or dry. A big difference between the two types is production. White wines are produced in a cooler environment in order to preserve the fruit flavor. White wines are generally lighter in flavor. Because of this, wine lovers often prefer to enjoy during the summer months. Of the 34 wines available on our website, Wine Club Colorado offers your choice of 8 different whites (try our Wingspan White wine).
Red wines are generally served at room temperature. Many wine lovers boast that reds are best during the colder months. Depending on how they're made, red wines can be sweet or dry. The sophistication that accompanies red wine makes it an attractive choice. From sweet and light, to bold and oaky, red wines offer a range of flavor. This range is achieved in the production process. Tannins are the reason for this range. Tannins are plant polyphenols that give the wine structure or body. Generally, these tannins soften with age. This is why wine can become better with age. Of the 34 wines available on our website, Wine Club Colorado offers your choice of 9 different reds (try our Cabernet Sauvignon wine).
Rose is the pink wine. A common misconception is that it is a crossover between white and red wines. While pink grapes don't exist, winemakers are able to achieve the pink color through a process called macreation. This process allows the skin from the grapes to soak in the juice for a short period of time. Rose wines are similar to white wine in that it is best enjoyed in the warmer months. It can be served room temperature or chilled (try our Wingspan Rose wine).
Sweet wines are a category all their own. They can encompass the other categories of wine; however, they're made in a way that brings out the natural sweetness. Do you have a sweet tooth? They are also called dessert wines because they pair well with sweets (hence the name). Often these types of wines have a lower alcohol content because they have more sugar. This is something to keep in mind when selecting wine for special occasions (try our Sweet Honey wine).
Sparkling wines differ in carbon dioxide content which gives them a fizzy texture. These bubbly drinks can be fun to celebrate with! Like the other wine types, you can find a dry or sweet sparkling wine. This gives you even more options to choose from. Although it can be easily confused with champagne, sparkling wines are not always considered champagne.
Colorado Wine Tasting
As you can no doubt tell, a great part of Western Colorado is the Palisade Wineries! The exploration and variety offered make it an experience like no other. Add flavor and sophistication to any special occasion or liven up any day with some of the Colorado wines that are offered. Try them all! With Wine Club Colorado, you have the option of 4, 6, or 12 bottles a year. Personalize your subscription with what will fit your taste and budget. Talon Wine Brands offers a diverse collection of Colorado wines with flavors that are truly unique. You can learn more about our history here. We can't wait to hear which is your favorite!
Escape for a Romantic Getaway in Colorado's Wine Country
Talon Wine Brands has partnered with the Wine Country Inn to offer an amazing discounted package for those looking to sip and sample wine in Palisade Colorado. The Wine Country Inn is nestled in amongst the vineyards at the base of the Bookcliffs just down the road from our winery tasting room.
Call the Wine Country Inn to book! (970)464-5777
Perfect for Valentine's Day!
What Makes Wine Healthy
You hear time and again that wine, particularly red wine, is healthy for you when consumed in moderation. But what makes wine healthy, exactly? Is it the fact that it is made from fruit, rather than grains? And what are the health benefits of drinking wine? In this article we’ll uncover just what makes this beverage a healthier choice when it comes to alcoholic drinks. But before we begin, it’s important that we answer this key question: how much wine is good for you?
How Much Wine Should You Drink?
As with any alcoholic beverage, one should enjoy wine in a moderate manner. But what constitutes as “moderate consumption?” The answer will vary, as factors such as gender, age, overall health, and alcohol content of the beverage, etc., can determine what is healthy, not harmful, alcohol consumption. A study by respected database PubMed Central found that the optimal daily consumption to enjoy the health benefits of wine is 1 glass per day for women, and 2 glasses per day for men; in their dietary outlines, the US Department of Health and Human Services also backs these same stats.
Just as important however, is knowing how much alcohol a beverage contains, known as alcohol by volume (ABV). Wine is typically 12% ABV per 5 fl. oz glass, whereas as beer is usually 5% ABV in a standard 12 fl. oz beer glass; these figures vary from drink to drink. Given that wine is usually consumed from smaller glasses than those for beer, too often folks can end drinking more servings than is healthy. It’s best to stick to the recommendations stated above, and to enjoy your wine slowly: be sure to savor it. Now that you know how much wine to drink for your health, let’s look at what makes wine healthy.
What is In Red Wine that is Good for You?
As wine is made is from grapes, the beverage contains a key ingredient: antioxidants. Antioxidants, which are commonly found in fruits, are molecules that fight off free radicals---compounds that can cause physical harm and damage, leading to disease or cancer. Dark skinned grapes contain higher amounts of antioxidants than lighter varieties, which makes red wine usually more healthy than white wine. For example, the skin of dark grapes contains high amounts of resveratrol, an antioxidant known for its health benefits.
Since wine is made from fruit, the beverage is also inherently healthier in what it doesn’t contain, which is high amounts of carbs. Beer, which is made from grains, hops, barley and yeast, contains anywhere from 10 to 20+ grams of carbs in a 12 oz glass. Compare that to wine, which averages at only 2 grams of carbs in a standard sized wine glass.
What Are The Physical Benefits of Drinking Red Wine?
Regarding the physical benefits of drinking red wine, several studies have shown that moderate consumption of red wine is linked to a lower risk of heart disease, stemming from the antioxidants found in wine. The connection between how antioxidants help with heart health isn’t exactly clear, but it is believed that the antioxidant polyphenol, found in wine, is beneficial to blood vessel linings within your heart, by reducing inflammation and the likelihood of clotting.
The consumption of red wine is also linked to increased levels of HDL cholesterol, or “good” cholesterol, while lowering LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. This is believed to stem from resveratrol, which is also shown to help reduce blood pressure. As for impact on blood sugar levels, studies strongly suggest that resveratrol can also decrease high glucose levels in diabetics.
The Benefits of Red Wine on Mental Health
While red wine is known for being heart healthy, less well known is the connection between red wine and improved mental health. Studies suggest that moderate red wine consumption can help decrease the risk of depression and anxiety. This stems from resveratrol, which blocks and controls an enzyme responsible for stress reactions in the brain. Scientists are so intrigued by this connection that resveratrol is being considered as a new alternative to drugs prescribed to those suffering from mental health disorders. That being said, too much wine or any alcohol can cause serious detrimental effects on mental health, undoing any health benefits to be had.
Wine’s Distinct Aesthetic
Wine’s appeal extends well beyond its health benefits. The beverage undeniably possesses its own unique aesthetic: that of being a distinguished drink. No matter your background or beverage of choice, wine is perceived as being classy. This distinction stems in part from wine being enjoyed by royalty and the nobility for many centuries. It also stems from visual appeal, of dark red liquid in a wine glass: have a wine glass in hand, and suddenly you feel quite sophisticated.
Wine’s unique aesthetic also comes from how it is made. There is something so visually appealing about vineyards: it makes sense that “wine country,” no matter where on the globe, has its own appeal. And of course, there’s the fun of “pigéage;” that’s the French term that refers to grape stomping, the traditional method of crushing grapes with your feet.
Wine is Good For the Soul
Aside from the health benefits of wine, drinking wine is a great social and mental outlet: wine is good for the soul! The consumption of wine stretches back thousands of years, and the beverage has quite a storied history: the Bible contains plenty of references to wine, many of them praising the drink as a blessing. “No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments,” a verse from 1 Timothy claims: it seems that those living thousands of years ago were in the know about wine’s health benefits.
Fast forwarding two millennia later, and you have songs such as “Red, Red Wine,” and fun shirts proclaiming, “On Cloud Wine” and “Wine Not.” From wine tastings to vineyard tours, wine has a culture all its own. No matter if you’re a wine connoisseur or have yet to try the drink, you now know how wine can improve your physical and mental wellbeing when enjoyed responsibly.
Wines of Colorado
Talon Wine Brands is located, and produces all our wines locally, in Palisade, Colorado. We serve wines of Colorado to Grand Junction, Palisade, Fruita, and all over the Western Slope of Colorado. We also serve Colorado Springs along with Colorado’s Front Range, and ship nationally. It’s our goal to share the joy of Colorado’s finest vineyards and winemakers with everyone we can reach.
We are committed to providing our customers with not only the best wine possible, but also the best customer service possible. Today’s world has seen the ways of excellent customer service fall off. Technology has made many aspects of life more convenient, but sometimes feel less authentic. We want to change that. In everything we do, we feel it’s vitally important to make our guests feel like a valued human being.
At Talon Wine Brands, all our wine comes with top-level communication. We want to make sure you get your orders effectively, accurately, completely, timely, and with the best professional touch, whether you’re coming in to our Palisade winery locations at Talon, St. Kathryn, or Meadery of the Rockies. Wine tasting (normally available) at any of our locations. Or purchasing our wines in Colorado Springs at any of the top liquor stores. You can also shop with us online.
Regardless of how you find us, we want you to have the best experience possible. We want you to feel like you’re part of our family. A family you choose.
Talon Wine Brands represents the best Palisade wineries, home to all three of our award-winning wine brands. Our selection through all three brands is unmatched. Whether you like classical wines, fruit wines, or honey wines, we have you covered. No matter which wine we’re serving you, in person, or online, we want to share the JOY of wine with you!
Talon Winery is all about traditional grape wines. It features many award-winning wines, and is made almost exclusively from grapes grown in Palisade, Colorado. Despite Colorado’s Western Slope being dry and technically high desert, the soil is mineral-rich. Here are just some of the wines Talon offers:
St. Kathryn Cellars
Our St. Kathryn Cellars wines are fruit and botanical wines. Delicious, and fun. The reason these wines are so delightful, and have themselves won numerous awards, is that they are also crafted with extremely high quality. For instance, we ferment the actual juice of the fruit being infused into our St. Kathryn wines. When you drink St. Kathryn, you drink top quality wine with 100% fermented fruit juice. Flavors include:
Meadery of the Rockies
If you’d like to try something new and delicious, yet ancient, you need to try Meadery of the Rockies. Almost all of our meads – honey wines – use 100% raw, pure orange blossom honey. We are also Colorado’s original Meadery, and wear our title with pride. Our honey wines have won numerous awards over the years, for many different mead types. Here are some of our favorite honey wines:
*Note: Join our Wine Club to enjoy premier releases to get our latest releases, four times per year! Wine Club members also gain numerous additional benefits.
Best Grand Junction Wineries and Beyond
It’s our goal to be among the very best Grand Junction wineries, and beyond. We believe – because we are working so hard to do it – that we are becoming the best winery in the state of Colorado. Maybe the future will take us even further.
We bring this up to share with you just a little of what makes us tick, behind the scenes. When you purchase wine from us, we want you to know that you’re supporting an organization with a mission. You’re actually supporting a cause. You’re helping Talon Wine Brands become Colorado’s premier winery, helping us provide more and better jobs and opportunities to Grand Junction and surrounding areas. You’re helping families live better lives.
Which is really what we believe life and business are all about. We take so much care to provide top-notch customer service, with integrity and care, because we want our work hours to make peoples’ lives better. We strive to speak the language of others, and hold ourselves accountable to the promises we make, to make working with us extremely easy.
Talon is focused on solutions, over problems, and continuous improvement. We always try to use challenging situations (welcome to life on earth) as opportunities to grow, develop, and improve, as both individuals, and as a company.
Wine Is A Constant Reminder
We believe, as Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying, “Wine is a constant reminder that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” The nuances of each wine, how it speaks to us of a place and a time, or reminds us of the fruit from which it’s made, is special and wonderful.
We’re very passionate about wine, tasting, sharing, and enjoying. With friends, family, and all our clients and customers. Without you all, we’d have no purpose. No one to share the wonderful joys and art of winemaking.
We want to build long-lasting relationships with all our clients, so that we can keep sharing and enjoying wine and life together all our days. We want our business and interactions with all our customers to be fun, and a win-win, in all cases. You, as our customers, are our number one priority. Without you, we wouldn’t get the privilege of doing what we love to do so much, each day.
Talon Wine Brands is here to provide excellent products and exceptional service. Come join us in person or online, and let us share with you our warm, generous spirit of hospitality, education & entertainment. It’s why we’re here.
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