Signs of Spring in Talon Country
Ah, spring in the Rocky Mountains with its ever-changing weather! When we’re sipping hot mulled wine and taking in a frosty view on one day, but hanging out on the porch on the next! Talon Wine Brands has a wine for every one of your spring occasions. During March, we’ll be staging some contests on Instagram and Facebook, so follow us for a chance to win! Our Instagram handle is talonwine and we have four Facebook pages: Meadery of the Rockies, St. Kathryn Cellars, Talon Winery in Palisade, Colorado and Talon Wine Brands. Friend them all and follow us as we share the JOY of wine wine you!
Photo of Mt. Garfield in snow by Cheryl Talbott
Governor's Cup Takes Up Residence at
Meadery of the Rockies
Winemakers Brian Stevens and Hillary Eales (right) welcomed the Governor's Cup Trophy to Palisade this month, where it will be displayed in a place of honor at Meadery of the Rockies. The trophy commemorates our Best in Show and double-gold-winning Strawberry Honey Wine, which was lauded at the Governor's Cup event in Denver last August. Thanks to all the fans of Talon and Meadery of the Rockies, who are encouraging us to strive for these award-worthy wines! Read on for more wins, visit the Cup soon and taste these celebrated honey wines! Doug Caskey, executive director of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, said, “It’s a delicious blend with a lovely, pinkish color—it has fantastic strawberry aromas and goes perfectly with chocolate-dipped strawberries."
Texas Expansion Leads to Rodeo Uncorked! Wins
Demand and awards for Talon wines are spreading to Texas where many of our fans live. Now, Meadery of the Rockies Apricot Honey Wine has garnered a gold medal and was named Class Champion at the big Rodeo Uncorked! Competition in Houston, Texas. Our Strawberry Honey and Blackberry Honey Wines both won silver medals and and were named Reserve Class Champions at the event. Yeehaw!
Above, John Recca, our director of sales and marketing (center), and Bill Hardin, account manager, Global Quality Imports (second from right) pose with the event mascot at Rodeo Uncorked! in Houston. At right are new shelf labels featuring the win. Texans, watch for Talon wines at your local wine shop and if you don't find them, ask for them!
Wine & Yoga returns 5:30-7 pm on Wednesday, March 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.
Welcome spring with the CAbi spring fashion show on Friday, March 10. Join us for a show featuring the new “JE NE SAIS QUOI” spring collection of fun, comfortable and very well made fashions, sold exclusively in-home, through personal stylists. Ahna Brock, stylist, will present the fashions and you are welcome to try on anything you wish, while you relax and enjoy Talon and St. Kathryn Cellars wines and light refreshments. Clothes can be ordered, but no purchase is necessary to enjoy our award-winning wines and a fun evening with friends! $14 per person, and discounts are available for Wine Club members. RSVP to 970-464-9288 by Wednesday, March 8.
The tasting rooms are closed March 14-15 for Talon University training. Please visit Columbine Liquors or Peachwood Liquors in Palisade to pick up your Talon wines. See you on the 16th!
Tastings around town: For more locations where you can taste Talon wines while you shop, see our calendar at talonwinebrands.com/News--Events.
Edesia is coming! Mark April 2 on your calendar for the 7th annual Edesia event at Wine Country Inn. The tastings, food, vendor booths and live entertainment benefit the Marillac Clinic, which serves Grand Valley uninsured patients. A VIP luncheon will take place from 11 am-1 pm and the event, with live culinary demos, will go from 2 - 5 pm. Get your tickets at http://edesiapalisade.com/event-details.
Honeybee Festival: for the first time, we will be selling our honey wines in the park at the Honeybee Festival on April 7-8. You can also visit the Meadery for tours and shop for honey-themed merchandise. Don't miss this first big event of the season!
Get Your Green On With a Mead Cocktail!
Chef Diana Tarasiewicz on our staff has created a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail combining the Medium Sweet and Peach Honey Wines. Slancha!
The Green Bee
- 3 oz Meadery of the Rockies Medium Sweet Honey Wine
- 3 oz Meadery of the Rockies Peach Honey Wine
- A couple of drops of green food coloring
Pour both wines in a wine glass. Add the food coloring and stir. Enjoy cold or on the rocks. This can also be scaled up in a pitcher for a group.
And to go with it, whip up some of Chef Diana's Orange Currant Soda Bread, on the Recipes tab of our web site!
Talon is a Familiar Face in Southwestern Colorado
Visiting Southwestern Colorado this spring and summer? We're making sure there will be no lack of great Talon wines to greet you when you arrive at this outdoors paradise.
In Pagosa Springs, for example, you can find us in 19 establishments! We've enjoyed a warm welcome in Cortez, where where we dominate the town at the gateway to Mesa Verde. The Farmhouse features our Pinot Grigio by the glass.
Down the road in Durango, the Bookcase & Barber speakeasy features honey wines from Meadery of the Rockies in their custom cocktails. Little Dolores continues to grow placements and we are appearing in Ouray, Montrose and Gunnison. Acme Liquors in Crested Butte is also on board with Talon Wine Brands.
Colorado is a big state, but we at Talon are reaching out to its many communities. We believe we are unique among Colorado wineries with our ability and desire to share the JOY of wine throughout the state, and beyond.
Talon in the News
Meadery of the Rockies Strawberry Honey Wine was spotlighted in Colorado Life Magazine last month as one of the most romantic wines around. On FOX31 KDVR, our Strawberry Honey Wine was also featured (pictured below). Legendary Denver restaurateur Frank Bonanno hosted a recent "Chef Driven" episode on PBS visiting the Meadery and tasting our honey wines. Check it out and learn all about honey at http://video.rmpbs.org/video/2365928694/
Tasting Notes: The "Winter Whites"
As winter draws to a close, wine drinkers are turning to lighter, more refreshing wines. Here are ones you can enjoy now.
Meadery of the Rockies
This honey wine was a hit with the Wyoming Liquor Division and they're featuring it on their portal for Wyoming businesses to order. See the recipe at left for the "Green Bee" honey wine cocktail created for St. Patrick's Day!
St. Kathryn Cellars
With a tang that balances its natural sweetness, Golden Pear is a perfect "pearing" with cheeses, fish and fowl, and mixes well with other spirits for a wine cocktail. Try equal parts of Golden Pear and champagne or prosecco. Garnish with a pear slice and mint sprig.
Talon’s Pinot Grigio has a firm structure built with balanced acidity and a slight sweetness. It's a universally appealing wine that reaches out and speaks to everybody. Maybe that's why it's our best selling white wine!
What better fudge to savor during St. Patrick's month than Mint Chocolate Swirl! Taste and enjoy this fresh treat at our tasting rooms during the month of March.
Talon's Incredibly Flexible Wine Club Makes Enjoying Colorado Wines Easy
Talon’s Wine Club stands ready to help you enjoy our wines with the utmost convenience. Four times a year, we'll send you a hand-picked selection from our portfolio of 30-plus wines or you can substitute and add as you wish. If you live in California, Colorado, Missouri or Wyoming, you can use our web site to manage your Wine Club account. If you live in one of the states listed below, use Vinoshipper.
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, 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 our website, Facebook pages and tasting rooms. We're open year-round, except on Christmas and New Year's!
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 (closed on March 14-15 for training). 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