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In this issue: Winefest Weekend • Festivals and Events • Vinside Edition: Wine Tasting 101 • 
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A Weekend of Wine on the Western Slope

The 27th Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest is upon us! Voted #1 in the nation by USA Today, this is an absolute “don’t miss” event! Although tickets have been sold out for weeks, there’s still plenty of reason to make the trip to Palisade September 13th-16th. We’ll be kicking off Winefest a day early with our Summer Wine and Food Pairing Party on September 12th. Hosted by Talon Wine Brands founder, owner, and CEO Glenn Foster, this pairing party is a sit down event which extends the opportunity to use education as a way of increasing the enjoyment of wine. Our Summer Wine and Food Pairing Party includes wines paired with foods exclusively crafted to enhance each wine, and will be limited to 35 guests to insure a personable experience.

  Local restaurants will offer special pairings with local wines from Thursday to Sunday as well. Caroline’s at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade is offering a chef’s choice charcuterie platter created to pair with our Talon Pinot Grigio and Wingspan Red, and will include two glasses of wine. Kannah Creek Brewing Company in Grand Junction has paired our Talon Pinot Grigio with a seared Ahi tuna salad with a ginger sesame dressing, and created a Red Wine Sorbet featuring fresh strawberries, raspberries, and our Talon Wingspan Red, served with a press, fresh mint, and a salt & pepper rim. These menu items are only available during Winefest weekend, so get them while you can! 

   On Friday, September 14th, we’ll be hosting Food Truck Friday and it’s the last one of the season for Palisade! Come enjoy our Happy Hour specials from 4-6pm with $5 glasses of wine, $5 wine cocktails, and $5 off charcuterie; then, stick around for dinner from some of the Grand Valley’s best mobile fare and live music from local musicians! We’ll be open for bottles and glasses to accompany your food truck festivities until 8:15.  

  The Tour de Vineyards takes place Saturday, September 15th, offering two different biking routes through vineyards and orchards which “showcase the splendor of the Grand Valley and beauty of the Western Slope,” and allows participants to stop and experience multiple wineries along the way. 

     If you’re outside the Grand Valley wishing you had nabbed Winefest tickets earlier, don’t fret! Our ‘insider’ tip is to take advantage of quiet tasting rooms and take a tour! With so many visitors flooding into Palisade for the festival itself, Winefest weekend is often a great time to explore local wineries with a more personal touch. Check out options for guided tours on the Visit Palisade website. Each of our three tasting rooms will be open for normal business hours all weekend. It’s always a good time to visit Palisade!

Events and Tastings
Talon is appearing at a festival near you:

Grand Junction Rockies vs. Orem Owlz. Final home game of the season! September 4, 6:40 pm

Summer Food and Wine Pairing Party, September 12, 5:30-7 pm

Food Truck Friday, September 14, 6-8 pm (pictured at right)

Wine & Chocolate Tasting, September 14

Calabash Gourd Art Festival at Meadery of the Rockies, September 15

Colorado Mountain Wine Festival, September 13-16

Palisade Farmers Market, September 16, 9:30 am-1:30 pm

Color Sunday at Powderhorn Mountain Resort, September 30

Between the Vines: The 5 S's of Wine Tasting 

Get the most enjoyment out of your wine tasting experience by following these five steps

See: Pour the wine and lift the glass to gauge its clarity, viscosity, and color (or lack thereof!)

Swirl: Swirl the wine in the glass to release its flavors and aroma. Some people prefer to blow lightly into their glass, releasing initially strong smells of alcohol. 

Smell: Lift the glass to your nose and make note of the aromas. Close your eyes and experience what your nose is telling you, let your mind wander to find the right words. Are there any off aromas (vinegar, must, dirty socks)? Does the wine smell like a particular fruit (apple, blueberry jam, pineapple, dried cherries)? What other aromas do you smell (pencil shavings, leather, toast, petrol, chocolate, tobacco)? 

Sip: Take a sip of wine in your mouth and feel the flavors play over your tongue. Move the wine around your palate, breathe air in through the wine to volatilize aromas. The tongue is capable of sensing only 5 basic tastes: sweet, salty, tart, bitter, and savory. The olfactory nerves, however, are able to distinguish some 17,000 different odors. All of the nuances and intrigue are experienced by your sense of smell. Notice how the wine feels in your mouth, what flavors stand out and what flavors might be lacking. 

Swallow (or Spit): Don't forget to enjoy the aftertastes that linger on your palate. Take note of what your mouth is experiencing once the wine is gone. The aftertaste can tell you things about the wine that may have been hidden up to this point. You now have a complete impression of the wine you are tasting.


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