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Talon Wine Brands Newsletter

Below is our latest issue of The Talon Wine Brands Newsletter, our monthly e-communication loaded with the latest news about us,  valuable information about our unique and leading portfolio of wines, and special offers for our friends. We invite you to read, enjoy and subscribe!


 

 

Wine Lovers Boost Talon to the
Leading Wine Brand in Colorado

We love our wine loving friends! You, our loyal fans and customers, have catapulted Talon Wine Brands to the pinnacle of the Colorado wine scene, with sales far outpacing the industry average both in Colorado and nationally. You recognized the uniqueness and quality of our wines in 2016 and we are deeply grateful.

Wine drinkers want more diversity and fruitier styles which benefits our three brands, especially St. Kathryn Cellars fruit and botanical wines. Meadery of the Rockies also grew in popularity and Talon Winery's varietal wine sales more than doubled! Our limited release premium wine, The Falconer, even at $65 per bottle, sold out completely!

But what does this mean for you? It means that all of your favorite Talon wines are more easily available all over Colorado, and are even starting to be seen in states like Wyoming and Texas. To find the closest stores in your area, use the Store Locator on our web site.

In restaurants, Talon wines are also growing in popularity—we added 72 establishments last year! So, ask for your favorite St. Kathryn Cellars, Talon Winery or Meadery of the Rockies honey wine by name, and if the proprietor doesn't carry it, ask them to get in touch with us! During this Sweet Season, we're sending out Valentines to all of our friends and fans and sharing the JOY of wine with all!

Wine & Yoga Returns February 8

Our monthly yoga sessions with wine and refreshments are growing in popularity. On February 8, Palisade Parks & Recreation will hold an hour-long yoga class with wine tasting, a glass of wine and refreshments by Talon at St. Kathryn Cellars tasting room. All participants will receive a 15 percent discount on any bottled wine purchased at the class. The early-bird registration deadline has passed so the fee is $20 per person. Call Palisade Parks & Recreation to register at 970-464-5602.

Tastings, Demos and Pourings
for the Sweet Season!

On the Western Slope, we'll be pouring wines at Fisher's Liquor Barn (pictured at left) on February 9 from 4 pm to 6 pm and at Andy’s Liquors on February 10 from 3:30 pm to 6 pm.  We'll be at In The Middle Liquors from 1-3 pm on February 11 and at Kokopelli Liquors from 2-6 pm on the 13th. Join us at Fun Junction February 17 from 4-6 pm.

Over on the Front Range, visit us at the McNichols Civic Center Building for the CAVE (Colorado Association of Viticulture & Enology) sponsored Winter Wine Festival starting at 6 pm on February 10. Tickets can be purchased and more information at this web site. Have a wild time with us at the Wildlife Experience Art and Wine Tasting on February 25, where we'll be partnering with Bubbles Liquor World.

There's Still Time to Register for Cooking Demo, Pairing, Tasting

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 Talon Winery 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 (right).

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.

Wind Up Winter With Wine Cocktails

Check out our web site for exciting wine cocktails to spice up your Sweet Seasons celebrations. Here is just one of the ideas you can find on the recipes tab at www.talonwinebrands.com.

The Red Rooster

Raise a toast to the Year of the Rooster or celebrate Mardi Gras with this brilliantly hued cocktail. Just the thing to celebrate and fortify after a long cold winter! For more recipes and to download recipe cards, please visit our website.

  • 8 oz. St. Kathryn Cellars Cranberry Kiss
  • 3 oz. vodka
  • Orange slice or twist of orange peel
  • Fresh or frozen cranberries

Pour Cranberry Kiss and vodka in a shaker, add ice. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with an orange peel twist and whole fresh or frozen cranberries.

Mead: It Starts With the Honey

At Meadery of the Rockies, our winemakers are creating great honey wines by updating an old recipe. Mead, or honey wine as we like to call it, has been around for some 8,000 years. In climates where growing grapes was unfeasible, meadmaking developed into a high art.

To understand mead, let’s go back to the bees that make honey. What exactly is honey, and why do bees produce it? Honey is food for the bees, especially the queen bee who is responsible for carrying on the life of the hive by producing eggs. Bees are so productive that, as humans and bears have discovered, there is plenty for other creatures to enjoy. Honey is made up of nectar from flowers, mixed with enzymes that bees produce, stored in a honeycomb made of many perfectly hexagonal cells until it is dehydrated. The resulting honey is a rich blend of sugars, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and more.

The nutritional richness and flavor of meads are causing a resurgence of interest in this ancient beverage and more and more people are hopping on the meadwagon. Meads are available at most any store where wines are sold. Our meads have won gold medals at competitions, most recently at Rodeo Uncorked! in Texas and the Governor’s Cup in Denver.

There are as many types of honeys as there are flowers and bees, but orange blossom honey is the type used in making Meadery of the Rockies honey wines. In one of the latest programs in his series Chef Driven, Frank Bonanno visits the Meadery, tastes our honey wines and talks with our head winemaker Brian Stevens. Watch it here. The Meadery part begins at the 16:20 minute mark.

Talon in the News

The Sacramento Bee's Mike Dunn winds up a story on Colorado wines with a nod to our double-gold-winning Strawberry Honey Wine, saying that it is "an exquisitely balanced and enduringly refreshing mead that is all sunrise in its sweetness and spice." Read more here.

Tasting Room Specials

Here are February's selections on special in our Palisade tasting rooms only at a 15 percent discount:

Meadery of the Rockies
Lightly Sweet Honey Wine

With just a touch of honey goodness, Lightly Sweet Honey Wine lets the aromas of beeswax and wood shine through. Delicious with white meats and fish, rice and pasta, Lightly Sweet is the honey wine to choose if you want a mead that will go from appetizers to zabaglione dessert!

St. Kathryn Cellars
Sweet Scarlet

Seeking a sweet wine to enjoy for the sweet season? St. Kathryn Cellars Sweet Scarlet is a perfectly balanced sweet wine that is perfectly drinkable yet full of character. The first sip offers an aroma and taste that is fresh and bright, but also quixotically opulent. Our Sweet Scarlet is made with blackberry wine, blended with Merlot. Blackberries provide the complexity to create a wine with character plus!

Talon Wingspan Red

We think of Wingspan Red very fondly as our Talon flagship wine. It would soften the coldest heart and warm you from your head to your toes. Try this elegant cork-finished wine for an intimate dinner or as a gift for that very special someone. It’s perfect for a “Galentine’s” party too. That’s when girlfriends get together for a mutual appreciation party. Wingspan Red is so friendly and likeable you can serve it to anybody, without making them play 20 questions about their preferences beforehand.

Featured Fudge:
Chocolate Cherry

Celebrate the Sweet Season with fudge! Our featured fudge this month is Chocolate Cherry, a loveable combination if there ever was one. Pair the fudge with our Chocolate Cherry Honey Wine for a sublime treat or gift!

Talon Offers Even More Than Wine

Check this out: a new flyer on our web site details all the services we offer in addition to wine, including banquet and meeting spaces, gift shop and baskets, tours and tastings and much more!

Colorado Fudge for Valentine's

You can now purchase more flavors of our freshly made fudge delivered to your door wherever you may be. That’s right, we are now offering 1-pound packages of fudge online. Makes a great gift too! Check out the fudge page on the Talon web site to order and enjoy!

Is This the Year You Join Talon's Wine Club?

By becoming a member of Talon’s incredibly flexible wine club, you will enjoy a steady supply of Talon wines plus other special benefits. If you live in California, Colorado, Missouri or Wyoming, you can take advantage of our  expanded, streamlined web site. If you live in one of the states listed below, use Vinoshipper.

Vinoshipper states:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Direct Ship states:

California, Colorado, Missouri, Wyoming

For more information please call 970-464-1300 or visit our website at TalonWineBrands.com.


Visit Us

Visit our website, Facebook pages and tasting rooms. We're open year-round!

Talon Winery

Meadery of the Rockies

St. Kathryn Cellars

Talon Wine Brands

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Grand Valley is an easy trip from metro areas to the east and west and we stand ready to welcome you. Visit our three tasting rooms in Palisade—we’re open seven days a week. Check out our web site for more information.  See you soon!

Meadery of the Rockies
3701 G Road (Highway 6)
Palisade, CO 81526

St. Kathryn Cellars/Talon Winery
785 Elberta Avenue
Palisade, CO 81526

 

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