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Winery Visit – Sweetheart City Wines

During my sommelier class I found it interesting that winemaking is often passed down from generation to generation in Europe, something we really don’t see much of here in the United States. So its exciting to hear that a nephew of Clyde and June Spero (Spero Winery) has opened his own winery in Loveland.  Nephew Jack Cantley, his wife Lindsay and partners David and Kathy Burks are the owners of Sweetheart City Wines. Jack and David “have been making beer and wine for years and decided to turn their hobby into something they could pass down to their kids.” In fact one of Jack’s earliest memories is making wine with his great grandfather.

Since the partners have lived in the area for over 25 years, and wanted to add that “romantic flare” to their wines, Loveland was the ideal location. I also learned that Loveland is a good place for growing certain grapes as the area used to have cherry, peach and apricot orchards.

Currently the winery operation is located at 6295 Bluff Lane, but by spring/summer of 2014 a new facility and tasting room will be located just west of town on Hwy 34 by Glade Road. See picture below for an architect’s rendering of the entire project which will also include executive offices, a private residence, venue for weddings as well as acres and acres of vineyards. Next spring 690 vines, primarily muscat, frontenac and maricot, will be planted and in the future the partners are hoping to plant cab franc and tempranillo grapes.

Currently Sweetheart City is sourcing their grapes from California, as they’ve done since their first production in 2009. They are currently working with vineyards in Colorado for a 2013 vintage. But we will have to wait until at least 2015 for those wines as Sweetheart City ages all their reds in barrel for 2 years.  The best way to view all their wines is on their website….click here for the link.

Most liquor stores in Loveland are carrying Sweetheart City wines and if you would like to taste or purchase wines at the current location just set up an appointment by calling 970-593-8563 or 970-214-3948.  They are specializing in red wines and are “committed to deliver hand-crafted wine with a romantic flare…and [their wines] are made to pair with good friends, good food  and of course someone special.” As their label says “Nel vino c e amoré” (In wine there is love)…so stop on by the winery for a taste of wine and a little love!

 

 

 

 

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Winery Visit – Spero Winery

Looking for something to do on a Saturday afternoon? Look no further….Spero Winery is the place you want to be! The winery’s tasting room is only open on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. (or by appointment). On Saturdays the tasting  is free, and owners June and Clyde Spero are there to personally pour their delicious wines for you. They also offer complimentary cheeses, meats and crackers. When you drive into the residential neighborhood at 64th and Federal, and  see a warehouse looking building, you think…what?? But step inside the tasting room and you’ll experience a warm, friendly and very inviting atmosphere. June has decorated the tasting room with photography and tons of knickknacks.

June and Clyde’s backgrounds are immersed in Italian family traditions. Growing up in the farming community north of Denver, June began drinking wine as a child, although as June says, “it was more like a 7Up, and the alcohol percentage increased as you got older.” Clyde has been making wine his whole life, learning the craft from his father, who emigrated from Italy. Clyde’s roots are steeped in Muscat and Zinfandel, which was called “Dago Red.”  The Speros planted a vineyard in 1996 (which no longer exists), opened the winery in 1999, the tasting room in 2003, and because of all their success, Clyde retired in 2007 to be full-time at the winery. June says, “This is a labor of love for us, and we enjoy making our wines.”

Speaking of wines…Spero Winery makes 21 varieties of whites, reds and various blends. They produce their wines in the “Old World” tradition, which means big, bold reds that are barrel-aged longer than most wineries age their wines. This enables the wines to finish smoother. They obtain their grapes from the Western Slope and Pueblo, where 5 acres grow their hybrids for making Cayuga White and Chancellor, and the Muscat varietal. One thing you will notice different about Spero’s wines is its bottles. June and Clyde fell in love with this distinctive bottle, and through numerous efforts found a bottle broker in Italy to supply them. The bottle is called “Bellissima” and is taller, longer in neck and smaller in circumference than traditional wine bottles. Since the bottle is difficult to obtain, Spero offers a $1 refund per bottle.

A Saturday afternoon at Spero Winery is a must do for anyone’s “bucket list” providing an opportunity to taste truly  delicious wines!

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