Wine Tasting & Pairing April 19, 2018

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Stop by New Castle Liquors on Thursday, April 19, between 4:30  and 6:30 p.m., to sample four wonderful wines from Palisade’s Grande River Vineyards. We’ll have snacks for pairing as well. Here’s what we’ll be tasting:

Grande River Wines at New Castle LiquorsMeritage White – A white Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon fermented and aged in oak barrels for 9 months. Pale straw yellow color. Aromas of pear and pineapple with medium body and a lightly astringent citrus accented finish. A nice medium-dry table wine.

Havin’ a Cow – The art of creating a complex red table wine! A proprietary blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Aromas of black cherry and smoke. Flavors of jammy dark berries with mild spice from oak barrel aging.

Meritage Red – This Bordeaux blend is our flagship wine. It is a true Meritage blend with Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Flavors of pomegranate, cranberry, and tart pie cherries with medium tannic finish.

Malbec – The wine displays dense fruit aromas with flavors of cherry and raspberry fruit. The mouth feel is full and rich, with a touch of sweet spice and a peppery finish from light oak aging.

Grande River Vineyards, the fifth licensed winery in the state, planted its first grapes in 1987 and fermented its first wine in 1990. Until 2006 Grande River Vineyards was Colorado’s largest grape producer.

By 2006, grape growing was firmly established in the Palisade area. Grande River Vineyards owners, Steve and Naomi Smith, decided to downsize the farming operation and sell most of the vineyards to local fruit growers and concentrate on making great wine. The Smiths kept 10 acres of their original operation with about five acres of Merlot and Petit Verdot and lease back and farm about five acres of Syrah and Viognier. Today, the winery is one of more than 100 Colorado wineries and produces 5,000 cases of wine per year.

New Castle Liquors is located at 820 Castle Valley Boulevard, just off I-70 exit 105. We’re open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Follow us on Facebook for new product announces, drink recipes, contests and more.

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