The Trade Talisman 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!


Talon: 40-Plus Years of Winemaking Experience

Talon is celebrating its tenth anniversary since founder and CEO Glenn Foster established the winery in Palisade. Fosters have been involved in the wine world since 1976, when Reed Foster Sr. (pictured above right with Glenn) co-founded Ravenswood Winery in Sonoma, California and Glenn joined his father's production staff to learn the principles and techniques of artisanal winemaking. The Colorado phase of Glenn's career came 19 years later when he worked for three distinguished Western Slope wineries. He was then ready to establish his own label, selecting the name Talon, referring to his falconry hobby. Glenn is pictured above left with one of his birds of prey. 

His depth of experience has led to leadership positions in the Colorado wine industry where he has seen significant improvement in the value Colorado wine contributes to the trade and to customers. Talon has grown into a customer-focused business that, in addition to its high quality wines, offers benefits like special pricing, excellent customer service, merchandising, customer outreach support and many more. This is a pivotal year for Talon Wine Brands, and we are dedicated to making this the year you sell more Colorado wine than ever before. Now, onward to spring!

Off-Premise News

Banana Belt Brings Talon Products to Springs
Talon Wingspan Rosé introduction successes continue with Woodland Park's Banana Belt Liquors, where Chuck Chisholm, the Breakthru Beverage rep, sold in six Talon products spearheaded by the new Talon Wingspan Rosé. The selection gives Banana Belt the ability to offer a wine for every tasting occasion, sweet to dry. "The flavor profile of our wines suits the taste buds of Colorado Springs and environs," said James Ferguson, Talon sales manager.


Erie's Ridge Liquors Welcomes Wingspan Rosé

The new Talon Wingspan Rosé is now available at Ridge Liquors in Erie. Mike Flynn, the store's manager, said that they’re impressed with the quality of this new dry rosé. We very much appreciate the business and Breakthru rep, Ruth Hamm's outstanding work with this important customer!

On-Premise News

Tap Traders Embraces Wingspan Trio

Tap Traders, in the old Alexander Film studio in Colorado Springs, extends its super-local experience with Colorado wines spearheaded by Talon Wingspan Red and White Wines. At a recent winetasting event, Tap Traders poured our wines for the Blazers ski group and, as a result, they decided to add Wingspan Rosé and Talon Merlot. Thanks to Steve Boaz, Breakthru Beverage rep, for facilitating the relationship.

Painting With a Twist Combines Art, Fun and Talon

Painting with a Twist is ranked the No. 1 paint and sip studio franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine for the 5th year in a row. They are a good demographic fit for St. Kathryn Cellars wines, combining a fun experience with creativity and refreshment. 

There are nine studios in Colorado, giving blanket visibility to new audiences of wine drinkers who will be eager to replicate their experiences at home, creating new customers!

At one of the Springs franchises, Steve Boaz, Breakthru Beverage rep, introduced owner A. J. (pictured at left) to our products and she brought in most of St. Kathryn Cellars' wines as well as the Meadery's  Strawberry Honey Wine. (Read on for more on this stellar wine!)

Colorado Craft Adds Aquila, Rosé in Springs

The Colorado Craft beverage emporium on Tejon Street in Colorado Springs caters to thirsty people who prefer drinking local products.  Aja, the food and beverage manager, was intrigued by Talon's new Aquila Dessert Wine and wanted to give it a shot (see details of the wine at right). She's also bringing in the wildly popular Talon Wingspan Rosé.

March Meadness Reigns

In a recent review in The Terroirist, wine writer Isaac Baker described Meadery of the Rockies' Strawberry Honey Wine as "full and rich on the palate [with] moderate acidity, the sweetness is integrated well. Tangy cherry and strawberries, honeyed richness, candle wax notes, floral perfume. Plump but balanced quite nicely," giving it 85 points.

This is the same wine that Glenn Exline, judge director of the Colorado-based Mazer Cup International Mead Competition, called, "the best example of the style that I have ever tasted in my life." For winter-weary wine drinkers, a taste of this multiple gold-medal decorated honey wine is a welcome breeze of spring refreshment.

Hoteliers and restaurateurs who are helping brides plan their weddings, be aware of the tradition of giving newlyweds a month’s supply of mead, or honey wine, to drink while getting to know each other. That tradition became known as the “honeymoon” and we at Meadery of the Rockies think it deserves to be revived! For more fascinating facts about honey wine, check out this new article from The Spruce.

St. Kathryn Shopping for New Spring Styles?

The rumor is that there's a completely new, fresh look in the works for St. Kathryn Cellars this spring. Stay tuned!

Tasting Notes

Talon Aquila Dessert Wine

For those customers who ask for a big special event dessert wine, you can't go wrong by recommending the newest addition to our super-premium wine collection: Talon's Aquila. Port is the most famous of all fortified wines and Aquila is a port worthy of the name. Rich, round and smooth on the palate, subtly oaked with a firm tannic structure. Get all the details from our tech sheet.

St. Kathryn Cellars  Pomegranate

This Pomegranate Wine is pure delight as reviewers on our web site have noted. Made with ripe pomegranates, it is sweet, tart and fruity with excellent balance and flavor. Made to be served chilled by itself or with a variety of foods. It's a great complement to Passover and Easter dishes, also. 


Meadery of the Rockies 
Medium Sweet Honey

Our Medium Sweet Honey Wine is a traditional style mead with aromas of vanilla and beeswax and a crisp, clean and balanced flavor. Advise your customers to enjoy it chilled over ice for a fun and unique experience. It's great with a wide variety of spicy and full-flavored foods and, with its Celtic roots, ideal to toast to the Irish!


Sell More With Shelf Talkers

Shelf talkers reach out and grab shoppers! They are available for download on the trade page of our website, which includes many other resources like custom wine list printing.

Mitigate Split Case Charges with "Level 8" 

For Breakthru Beverage customers, we're continuing a deal ("Level 8") that helps offset split case charges: buy 6 bottles of a new product and get the 7th bottle free! It's a great way to test new products!

Our Standard Free Goods Program

Our standard free goods program will help you stay restocked. Discounts are applied at the 5-, 12- and 25-case levels. Pass savings on to your customers via feature pricing and you'll build sales faster. And for restaurateurs, we offer special bottle pricing for wine list and by-the-glass features. To learn more, please contact your Breakthru Beverage sales rep or our sales team:

Contact Our Sales Team

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James Ferguson, Sales Manager
970-216-8787 (c)

John Recca, Director, Sales & Marketing
303-526-2738 (o) 

720-300-9955 (c)

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3701 G Road (Highway 6)
Palisade, CO 81526




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