We have gone to the county to explore opening
a Winery on the DD Ranch!
For those of you whom are checking in and keeping up on details. We went to the "Pre USR" permit meeting and came
away with the knowledge that we can start booking EVENTS! This means that we can have your next company picnic, family reunion,
wedding, anniversary party or graduation party right here.
We have carved out an area by our lake that we have used for our own parties for years. The lake
with the mountains in the back ground makes a perfect setting for your picnic. We will assist you in planning your event;
help with tents, caterers, bouncy houses or what ever you party needs!
Contact us for details and an appointment to see the place. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, NO EXCEPTIONS. If
you are caught driving around on private property you will be in trouble!
Colorado Rocky Mountain Wine Festival
Cab Franc took a Bronze and the 2011 Zin took a Gold medal at the 2012 Wine Festival. We once again left Palisade with grapes
on board to "rush home" and crush. So we missed out on the ceremony. Our new Amateur friends from Brighton Greg
and Sally were there and sent us a text about our winning GOLD! We've decided not to attend as each time we are not there
we take a Gold medal (2 now.)
The grape we were
"missing" has returned FINALLY mother nature allowed enough White Water Hill Syrah to be grown.We went shopping
for grapes at Augustina's Winery in Boulder. We are very happy to have crushed almost 500 lbs! We also shopped at the Bonacquisti
Winery for Gewurztraminer grapes and crushed 300 (?) lbs of those. My girlfriend road down with me and picked them up. The
grapes from Palisade were Sauv Blanc. So a nice selection this year. A little later maybe November, Paul brought in Carmenere
from California and we were able to purchase a 5 gallon carboy. We brought it home as "wine" and re oaked it. It
is bottled and it is amazing! I wish Colorado would plant those!
Our little wine bottling sessions
are always fun - Quality control a must, so we all have a glass ready!
Vineyard planted in this Spring 2013
We are very excited about the Vinyard going in this Spring. WE will
have American Hybrid Grapes grown here! We will have "Estate Bottled Wines" in a couple years. Estate means grown,
fermented & bottled on the same location. Planting will be in May - we may be looking for a Planting Party this year!
Update on the Vineyard. There
will be 1500 vines planted by our new "vineyard partner" Michael Marsh. He is studying Viticulture at Texas
Tech. He will grow his vines as some that are ours in exchange. I will be the welder for the trellis system when it is time.
Here is you homework. Here is a list of the American Hybrid Grapes that will be grown here. Study
/ google them and learn what we will all be looking for in the wines. Watch for these if you are visiting wineries as you
will likely not find them in a liquor / wine store. These grapes are grown in many states and are necessary here on the front
range as our climate is colder than the western slope.
Michael is growing:
and a grape that is a number so far, no name
Ranch will have:
Cheers y'all !