The New Peach Pack
As many of you know, our Talon Wine Brands family and facilities are in the heart of peach country here in colorado. Two of our wines, St. Kathryn Cellars Peach Wine and the Meadery of the Rockies Peach Honey Wine are created with these world-renowned local peaches. Unfortunately, our beloved Peach Festival was canceled this year, so we at Talon Wine Brands decided to hold a Peach Week, with peach inspired cocktails and desserts. To further celebrate the season, we created the Peach Pack as a fun and easy way to allow customers, visitors, and peach fans to take a piece of Palisade home with them in a sleek and functional fashion. These boxes contain one bottle each of the peach wines, a Honeyville Peach Drink Mixer, and 2 complimentary wine recipes. We recently sent out 42 of the boxes to local retailers in the Grand Valley. If you are interested in offering a fun and attractive piece of Palisade to your customers and neighbors, contact me, James Ferguson, or your local Breakthru Beverage sales rep to talk details.
NEW Account Highlights: Hotel Maverick
You can expect to receive a fun gift when planning a stay at the Hotel Maverick in Grand Junction, CO. This new addition to CMU’s campus brings an upscale and fresh feeling to the town of Grand Junction. Its terrace overlook allows an almost 360 look at the valley, and the interior is sleek and inviting. If you decide to stay here, you will also receive a bottle of wine from our facility! Relationships with our Wholesale accounts are VERY important to us, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to help welcome guests when they visit the Grand Valley.
Peach Wine Pairing
What goes well with Peach Wine? We recommend peach pie or peach muffins, as they use local Palisade Peaches, and match well with the flavor profile. They are both lightly sweet, but neither one of them outweigh the other. Need a recipe? Find recipes on our website. We encourage you to recommend these pairings to your customers, and see your sales rise!
Since it is peach season, what better way to sell our peach wine than with a peach inspired recipe! These recipes use Palisade Peaches and our St. Kathryn Peach Wine and Meadery of the Rockies Peach Honey Wine. Feel free to print out these recipe cards to share with your customers!
It's Peach Season! Bring the taste of Palisade home with you when you purchase peach wine. Light, sweet, and refreshing flavors are perfect to combat the heat:
St. Kathryn Cellars Peach Wine
St. Kathryn Cellars Peach Wine is the ultimate summer wine, made with world-renowned Palisade peaches. It is medium sweet, with a wonderfully peachy aroma and flavor. Serve slightly chilled by itself or with a variety of foods.
Talon Winery Charonnay
Talon Chardonnay is a classic, unoaked wine that is medium-bodied, fresh, and easy to drink. Typical of stainless steel vinted Chardonnay, look for honeyed aromas, crisp tropical flavors, and a bright finish. Refreshing by itself, it also pairs well with a variety of cuisine.
Meadery of the Rockies Peach Honey
Peach Honey Wine is a balanced blend of Peach Wine and orange blossom Honey Wine. Made with Palisade peaches, this wine has a fabulous peachy aroma and color.
Take Advantage of our Case Discount Program
Our case discount program will help you stay stocked. Discounts are applied at the 6-, 15-, 32- and 65-case levels. Use feature pricing to pass savings on to your customers and build sales faster. For restaurateurs, we offer special bottle pricing for wine lists and by-the-glass.
St. Kathryn Cellars Lavender Wine has become one of our most popular, top-selling wines. Ever. It’s delicious. People love it. It’s been a favorite of our customers for more than six years. In fact, the wine has sold consistently enough that we’re now bottling it twice per year – the only wine we bottle twice per year.
Just read the reviews above to get an idea of how special it is. But! One of the most interesting things about the wine is how it came about – because we never intended to set out and create the world’s best lavender wine. Of course, we’re grateful now that the idea was presented to us. But the story of our lavender wine is really more of a group effort than just us, alone.
Palisade, Colorado Is Known For Growing Lavender
St. Kathryn Cellars is located in Palisade, CO. We’re located just on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains, at the confluence of the Colorado River and Gunnison River – an area that has surprisingly fertile soil. Our area is known for “Palisade peaches,” which people literally travel our way to pick up, by the box or barrel. Certain kinds of grapes grow exceedingly well here, such as Riesling, which we’ll be talking more about soon. And lavender. We’re not as famous for lavender as we are for other things, but each year, we do have a Lavender Festival (for which another great local company, Lightbulb Media, makes great videos) that draws in most of the valley. And the lavender, we’ve found over time, makes for great wine.
How Our Lavender Wine Came To Be
Our head winemaker was approached years ago by a local lavender farm. They had the idea to make lavender-infused wine, and wanted to find a local winery who would take on the challenge. Initially, truth be told, we weren’t sold on the idea. Most people, even today, when they first hear about our lavender wine, think the idea of it sounds odd. This was right about the time Talon’s current owner, Glenn, took over. But the lavender farm was persistent, and pursued their idea with a couple other wineries, local to Palisade. They then came back to us at St. Kathryn Cellars, and told us that they’d found someone who was willing to give it a try. But they believed that with our setup, that we could do a better job, and asked us to reconsider a trial run. In the end, we decided to do our best making what we thought must’ve been one of the world’s first lavender wines, on large scale.
For our first batch, we used Cameo Rose as our base, in part because we had a decent stock at the time. It also seemed like it could be a good pairing for the lavender infusion. There were a lot of trials with that first batch, and some fine tuning involved through each step of the process. But we made enough bottles of our new lavender wine to last for a year. Or, so we thought.
Within four or five months or whole stock sold out. We were more than surprised at our customers’ enthusiastic response to our new, adventurous wine. And we decided that lavender held an opportunity for us and our community that we couldn’t pass up.
Today’s Lavender Wine By St. Kathryn Cellars
Today’s lavender wine is made using Riesling grapes from Talbott Farms, here in Palisade. Riesling grapes grows well in Colorado’s Western Slope, which can sometimes have unexpected late-season frosts, and wildly varying temperatures. But with Riesling, we can almost always get a good crop that’s flavorful, aromatic, and that complements lavender, nicely. We also love working with local farmers for our grapes. It gives us a chance to be more involved in the community, and support local businesses and families here. Plus, Talbott are sixth generation farmers. They know as much or more than anyone about farming, they have grape-growing figured out, and produce a great crop for our winemaking each year.
Our Riesling wine alone is a fantastic wine (you can check our Riesling wine here). We’ve won two gold medals with our Riesling at wine competitions. We use the exact same Riesling as the base for our lavender wine, so you can know that we are not skimping on quality. Just because we’ve added a fun, lavender flavor to the wine, doesn’t change our commitment to bringing our customers the best. Which is, of course, part of why our lavender wine is so good.
The Process Of Making Lavender Wine
We begin our lavender wine making process with the Riesling base. We then add organic Buena Vista lavender from our local producer, Sage Creations. A food processor grinds up the lavender, and we then seep it like a tea, in the wine. Grinding the lavender, we’ve found, helps release the lavender’s oils from the flower. As the lavender seeps into the Riesling wine, it extracts the flavor, and produces more flavorful aromatics. After the wine sits for a couple weeks, we continually smell and taste the product each day, until we’re satisfied that we’ve reached the proper balance. It’s important to us that we get the lavender flavor we’re looking for, without getting too much on the herbaceous side.
Pairing Foods With Our Lavender Wine
Our lavender wine is a sweet wine. It pairs well with salty cheese, and charcuterie trays. One dish you may also try is pairing it with yellow squash and pumpkin soup, which may sound odd, but works very well. We’ve also had good experiences when pairing our lavender wine with fish cooked with lemon. Overall, this wine can go well with a lot of foods. And, one of the most important things we like to tell people, is this: drink what you like. Don’t worry too much about occasion, food pairings, or what’s “proper.” Wine all comes down to what you enjoy, and if you’re sharing, what your guests enjoy.
Lavender Drink Mixes
If you want to see a couple great drink mixes that use our lavender wine, we have recipes for our “Lavosa” (Lavender Mimosa) and Lavender Spa Water on our website. You can also make a great drink by combining a glass of our lavender with lemon bubbly water. It makes for a very refreshing summer drink.
Are you in a mulled wine state of mind? Here's an easy recipe: Mix a full bottle of wine with two cups water and a carton of mulling spices in a crock pot. Heat, garnish with fruit slices and/or cinnamon sticks and enjoy!
If you use one of our St. Kathryn Cellars fruit wines, such as Apple Blossom, you'll instantly create the fresh apple taste of a wassail bowl. This is perfect for enjoying after winter activities, such as skiing or walking in the woods. Other St. Kathryn Cellars wines that are good for mulling include Golden Pear, Cranberry, and, for a real taste sensation, Pomegranate!
Meadery of the Rockies makes honey wines that are also excellent for mulling. Try our Blackberry Honey Wine, which is on special at our Palisade tasting room during January. Apricot, Peach, and Sweet Honey Wines are other good selections. We use orange blossom honey to make our meads, which lends a subtle citrus note.
Don't have packaged mulling spices handy? Then, make your own! Simply add whole spices from your spice pantry. Good additions are whole nutmegs, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, star anise, ginger, cardamom pods and a few peppercorns. Dried fruit may include citrus rinds, raisins or apple chips. Let the spices steep in the wine for about 30 minutes, never letting it boil. Strain out the spices, pour into mugs or a thermos and garnish with a lemon slice or a cinnamon stick. Below, a selection of these spices is pictured. Experiment and find your own signature combination!
Wine makers, chefs and wine lovers gathered at History Colorado Center in August to celebrate the 12 best wines that comprise this year's Governor's Case, representing Colorado's wine industry to the world.
Meadery of the Rockies' Strawberry Honey Wine was among the chosen dozen. CEO and founder Glenn Foster (at right, below) joined (from left) Tyler Phillips, Talon's Front Range sales manager, Nina Acosta, Hyatt Regency pastry chef, John Recca, sales and marketing director and Melanie Snyder in pouring and pairing the wine for the crowds attending. Acosta's creation was a fennel pollen scone with pink peppercorn pickled strawberries and Chantilly cream, a delicious piquant dessert that brings out the sweet tart flavors of our celebrated mead.
Get the recipe for pickled strawberries on our website, www.Talonwinebrands.com and discover the second best way to preserve the summery taste of strawberries! The best way, of course, is to acquire a bottle or a case of our award-winning Strawberry Honey Wine!
The media spotlight shines on Talon Winery this month, as Terri Cook from 5280 Magazine features Talon in her "Behind the Vines" blog. She details the history and vision behind Talon Wine Brands and talks about the vast array of traditional wines available, particularly praising the Viognier and the Gewürtztraminer.
Maiwine or May Wine? Either way, you make it by infusing a bottle of Talon Riesling with a small handful of dried sweet woodruff, adding strawberries to the glass.
The secret is out! Meadery of the Rockies' honey wines are the perfect match for Valentine's Day! Reporters are taking note as Doug Caskey and Kyle Schlacter of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board recommended our double-gold-winning Strawberry Honey Wine to pair with Valentine's chocolates and sweets. Here are recaps of the coverage in Colorado Life Magazine and on KDVR FOX31:
For a sweet Valentine's Day wine, Colorado Life Magazine suggests a sweeter wine with chocolate pairings, including this Meadery of the Rockies Strawberry Honey Wine. Doug Caskey of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board says, “It’s a delicious blend with a lovely, pinkish color—it has fantastic strawberry aromas and goes perfectly with chocolate-dipped strawberries. Meadery of the Rockies also makes the Chocolate Cherry Honey Wine, which is much darker and sweeter.”
On FOX31, Kyle Schlacter of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board recommends Meadery of the Rockies’ Strawberry Honey Wine as one of the most romantic wines around.
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 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.
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.
Chef Diana's Bio:
Diana Tarasiewicz grew up in a small town called Toul, in Alsace-Lorraine. After moving to the United States in 1974, she lived in New York City for almost a decade. She then moved to Grand Junction, Colorado in the early 1990s and started her own catering company for 13 years. In 1999 she began teaching as an adjunct professor at the Colorado Culinary Academy. Over the last 20 years she’s taught private classes in the community, and held culinary demonstrations at local festivals such as the Palisade Peach Festival and Parade of Roses Festival.
Talon Wine Brands has been busy this summer at festivals throughout the state. Here are some photos from our travels.
Bee Fest, Palisade
Bluegrass and Roots, Palisade
Estes Park Wine Festival
Front Range Wine Festival, Windsor
Palisade Peach Fest
Grand Valley Wine Tasting