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Lee Recca
September 6, 2016 | Lee Recca

Roundup of Summer Festivals

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

Mountain Winefest

Corvette Club

Grand Valley Wine Tasting


Time Posted: Sep 6, 2016 at 11:22 AM
Lee Recca
August 19, 2016 | Lee Recca

Governor's Cup Gold, Double Gold and Best in Show Showered on Meadery of the Rockies!

Meadery of the Rockies Wins Gold,
Double Gold and Best in Show at
Governor's Cup Competition!

Meadery of the Rockies was an Olympic-scale performer this month! Results of the Governor's Cup Competition, the state's most prestigious wine event, were announced and two of our honey wines won gold: Strawberry Honey Wine and Chocolate Cherry Honey Wine. Our Strawberry Honey Wine was showered with accolades, winning Double Gold and Best in Show for ciders/meads/fruit wines! It "was the best example of the style that I have ever tasted in my life,” said judge Glenn Exline, judge director of the Mazer Cup International Mead Competition.
The win was carried in many of Colorado's major media, including Westword Magazine, 5280 Magazine and the Denver Business Journal. In addition, the DBJ Book of Lists was published with Talon coming in second in production with more than 19,000 cases in 2015. It's shaping up to be a sweet year for Colorado wines and Talon Wine Brands is at the heart of the hot wine scene.
Right, Talon CEO and founder Glenn Foster, flanked by John Recca, director of sales/marketing, left, and Tyler Phillips, Front Range sales rep. Below, Glenn raises high the Governor's Cup with John Garlich of Bookcliff Vineyards (winner of the traditional wine Best-in-Show) and Governor John Hickenlooper.

Time Posted: Aug 19, 2016 at 9:55 AM
Lee Recca
July 5, 2016 | Lee Recca

KREX Interview with Brian Stevens

KREX TV came to Talon Wine Brands on June 2, 2016 and interviewed Head Winemaker Brian Stevens at our scenic pergola. His optimistic assessment of the 2015 and 2016 grape crops was music to Western Slope ears. Watch Grapes Looking Juicy for Winemakers this Year, by Callihan Marshall with Brian Stevens!

Time Posted: Jul 5, 2016 at 4:22 PM
Lee Recca
June 3, 2016 | Lee Recca

Join Us at the Manitou Springs Wine Festival this Coming Saturday!


The Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival returns June 3, 2016, with up to 30 Colorado wineries, food, live music and fun! TravelMag lists it as one of the best festivals of the summer.

Join us in Memorial Park from 11 am to 5 pm. Here's what we'll be pouring:

  • Talon Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, Cabernet, Wingspan Red, Moscato, White Merlot and Riesling
  • St. Kathryn Cellars Pear, Strawberry Rhubarb, Lavender, Peach, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Cranberry Kiss and Sweet Scarlet
  • Meadery of the Rockies Medium Sweet Honey Wine, Peach Honey Wine, Apricot Honey Wine, Raspberry Honey Wine, Strawberry Honey Wine, Cherry Honey Wine, Blackberry Honey Wine, Chocolate Raspberry Honey Wine and Chocolate Cherry Honey Wine

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Time Posted: Jun 3, 2016 at 7:17 AM
Lee Recca
April 2, 2016 | Lee Recca

Talon tells the story behind honeymoon and mead on KREX

James Ferguson returned to Grand Junction’s CBS affiliate station to talk about Meadery of the Rockies and the lore and customs of honey wines on March 30. You can review the program here


Time Posted: Apr 2, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Lee Recca
February 10, 2016 | Lee Recca

Women in Winemaking: Hillary Eales of Talon Wine Brands

Hillary Eales was drawn to winemaking like a bee to honey. Literally. “I saw an ad for a job at Meadery of the Rockies in Palisade and was excited to apply because my husband and I are beekeepers,” she recalls.

Eales is now assistant winemaker for Talon Wine Brands, which plans to produce 30,000 plus gallons of wine in the coming months. Eales shepherds the creation of 40-plus varieties of grape, fruit, botanical and honey wines bottled for Talon Wine Brands, which is composed of the brands St. Kathryn Cellars, Talon Winery and the Meadery of the Rockies.

Starting out, she expected the position to be temporary until she could find a job in her chosen field of Emergency Medical Technician. But she grew to like the job so well that she has made it into her new career.

It didn’t start out glamorous and prestigious. “Cellar and grounds was my first job here,” she said. “It involved a lot of maintenance. Mowing. Taking care of the vineyard. Spring clean-up. But it helped me understand the winery on a basic level, so I was prepared when the winemaking job opened up.” For women who want to get into winemaking, Eales recommends the path she took. “Find any sort of job at the winery to get exposure and learn the ropes. Studying winemaking is good, but if education is not available, you can learn on the job.”

Eales said she was fortunate to learn from her supervisor, Head Winemaker Brian Stevens. “He is a good teacher and very knowledgeable. He doesn’t have a winemaking background and is now one of the most experienced and highly regarded winemakers around, so that gives me confidence.” After working in at least three male-dominated fields, including winemaking, EMT and welding, Eales realizes that “if you’re a hard worker and show that you can do the job, it’s not important whether you’re a man or woman.”

Stevens concurs. “There is a shortage of women in this industry and greater diversity will help it grow,” he says. “I think there’s a window of opportunity in the Colorado wine industry where you can walk in the door with no background, start at the bottom and work your way up, if you’re the right person. It requires a positive attitude, sensory skills, such as an attuned palate, the ability to recognize issues before they become systemic, and diligence.”

That diligence is what has contributed to Eales’ success, Stevens says. “Diligence, and her fantastic attitude. You can train people to do things but you can’t train attitude.”

Although she does work in a winery, there’s no need for attitude adjustment hour for Hillary Eales. “Bottling can be hectic, but working with Brian and the staff is always positive and upbeat. Glenn Foster, CEO and owner, gives us leeway to do the job as we see fit. And at the end of the day, I go home with a good feeling of accomplishment.” Foster agrees. “There are many highly acclaimed female winemakers and Hillary’s on track to be one of them,” he predicted. 

Time Posted: Feb 10, 2016 at 7:42 AM
Lee Recca
February 5, 2016 | Lee Recca

Free Fudge With Purchase at Talon Wine Brands’ Palisade Tasting Rooms

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CONTACT: Colleen Lockhart

What could be more fitting for Valentine’s Day than a bottle of wine from Talon Winery, St. Kathryn Cellars or Meadery of the Rockies? 

Delicious fudge hand made at St. Kathryn Cellars tasting room, that’s what!

To help local residents and Palisade visitors catch the Valentine’s spirit, Talon Wine Brands has an irresistible offer: buy three bottles of wine and get a half-pound box of chocolate fudge free! This offer is effective all month long, so you can celebrate Leap Day too!

There are more than 40 varieties of wine to choose from. Meadery of the Rockies is Colorado’s original meadery, producing a dozen different honey wines and blends. St. Kathryn Cellars creates the most romantic fruit and botanical wines to be found. Talon Winery crafts classic wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Merlot. The tasting rooms are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.


St. Kathryn Cellars wines made with botanicals and fruit are the most romantic wines to be found 

Colorado Fudge Factory makes this fresh fudge at St. Kathryn Cellars in a rainbow of varieties 

Time Posted: Feb 5, 2016 at 10:11 AM
Lee Recca
December 21, 2015 | Lee Recca

Colorful, Flavorful New Year’s Eve Ideas from Talon Wine Brands

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CONTACT: Lee Recca
303-834-0320 @LeeRecca

Palisade, Colorado (December 14, 2015) – Resolve to ring in the New Year with creativity and color, using Talon Wine Brand’s palette of 40-plus traditional grape wines as well as our innovative fruit and botanical wines and our popular honey wines by Meadery of the Rockies!

Make a wine punch! Gather rosy varieties of St. Kathryn Cellars wines, such as Pomegranate, Cranberry Kiss, Elderberry or Sweet Scarlet. Mix 50-50 in a large punch bowl with bubbly such as champagne or dry club soda. Add sweetness (Meadery of the Rockies Sweet Honey Wine, perhaps?) to taste. Garnish with citrus spirals and frozen berries.

For a hot punch, try St. Kathryn Cellars Apple Blossom and hot apple cider, served in glass mugs garnished with cinnamon sticks and star anise. Or stir up a hearty mulled wine by spiking Strawberry Rhubarb with a splash of Talon Winery’s Merlot Port.

At Manneken Frites in Arvada, Colorado, a festive champagne cocktail was created by pouring Talon Riesling in the distinctive blue bottle with dry champagne or sparkling wine.

Add a touch of glamour to the last night of the year with richly hued St. Kathryn Cellars wines, dressed in their holiday garnishes. Try Peach Passion, accessorized with a slice of starfruit or kiwi. Our best selling Lavender Wine is elevated by snuggling a frozen blackberry in the bottom of the glass, embraced in a lemon twist. The Cherry Wine is best escorted by a perfect bite of fruit clothed in a chocolate tuxedo. Pour yourself a glass, let your creativity go wild and look forward to a colorful and tasteful New Year!


Time Posted: Dec 21, 2015 at 3:49 PM