A fun-filled evening is planned for Thursday, May 16 at the Boulder Bookstore. Join author Paula Mitchell of Exploring Colorado Wineries guidebook for a 30 minute presentation on “Traveling through Colorado’s Wine Country.” Following Paula’s talk will be the opportunity to taste wine from Boulder Creek Winery, which will be paired with cheeses and meats from Cured.
The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the bookstore, located at 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder 80302.
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June 6, 2012 was an exciting day for Exploring Colorado Wineries guidebook! The book and three bottles of wine made their own appearance on Channel 7 News. The wines were from Balistreri Vineyards, Boulder Creek Winery and Creekside Cellars.
Pat Miller, aka The Gabby Gourmet, who endorsed my book has a Wednesday segment with Bertha Lynn on Channel 7 News. Gabby, who normally reviews restaurants, featured cookbooks on her June 6 segment and asked if Exploring Colorado Wineries would like to be included….YES!!!
Click here to see the segment.
I took several pictures in the newsroom (see below). If you haven’t been in a TV studio, its very interesting and exciting. Years ago they used to have cameramen, now everything is controlled by the producer. The picture that is mostly green is not my poor picture taking, but the infamous “green screen” that the weather person stands in front of as the producer displays the maps, etc. You can also see me on a teleprompter and the display of the book and wines, and of course there is Mitch Jelniker and Bertha Lynn on the set doing the news.
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So where do those bottle corks come from?? You can find this out and more by following the self-guided tour at Boulder Creek Winery. The winery has set up a 12-step process called “Grapes to Glass.” Each step has information on that particular process with displays and/or pictures. While I have an understanding of crushing, fermentation and bottling, it was the cork step that drew my interest.
One of the pictures below shows the oldest cork tree (in Portugal). I asked Boulder Creek Winery owner, Mike Thompson, “Doesn’t the tree die when you take its bark?” and apparently it doesn’t, and within 7 years the cork has grown back for stripping again. Ever wonder why some wineries use real cork versus synthetic versus screw caps?? COST is one reason. A real cork is about $.42/cork and a screw top is about $.15/top with a synthetic placing somewhere in the middle.
I had an enjoyable visit with Mike, who is a friendly, quiet man and is extremely knowledgeable. He gives credit and praise to his wife, Jackie, for the excellent wines they produce. I tried their Viognier and Cabernet Franc, both delicious wines, but my favorite was the Consensus. This is the 3rd year that Boulder Creek has been making this blend. And Consensus is named after exactly what it is….a consensus of the winery’s VIP Club, who for over a 1 month period tastes and decides which is the best blend. The wine has won several awards.
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