While I enjoy Colorado wines year-round, I especially appreciate them around the holidays. And this time, that includes California wines with a Colorado twist.
What’s a more promising Colorado connection than John Elway? His winery, 7Cellars, was founded in 2015 alongside Napa Valley winery One Hope and Napa winemaker Rob Mondavi Jr.
Elway’s Reserve wines (Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon) are ideal steakhouse wines. But I suggest introducing yourself to the winery with The Farm Collection. The line of three varietal wines ($20) – Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.
“We are constantly trying to improve our wine by sourcing the highest quality grapes from the finest wine regions to bring my home state of Colorado wine to be proud of,” said Elway.
The Chardonnay comes from Arroyo Seco, the Pinot Noir from Monterey and the Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles.
For every bottle purchased, 7Cellars will donate to Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that supports, trains, and deploys US Veterans in disaster relief efforts around the world.
“My desire to contribute to Team Rubicon stems from my personal appreciation for the people who serve and have served in the armed services,” said Elway. “They are the true heroes of our country and deserve our utmost respect. Giving back to Team Rubicon through our sale of 7Cellars is just one way to show our gratitude.”
The wines are available in local stores and online at 7cellars.com.
For something else, I’m excited to introduce Atost – a brand of creative, wine-based aperitifs founded by Cindy and Kyle Pressman and made in Golden. And local partners have been vital to Atost, from local ingredients to Chad Yakobson, founder and brewer at Denver’s Crooked Stave Brewery, who assists with the fermentation and blending process.
The process begins with a California Chardonnay base. Colorado honey is added for a slight sweetness. Fresh fruits, botanicals and herbs are macerated in distilled Sonoma grape brandy. And the two are mixed to create four styles.
Citrus: California lemons and oranges, Colorado juniper and peach; light and fresh.
Flower: strawberry, candied orange, rose; juicy with rich texture.
Woods: whiskey cask aged, vanilla, cherry, orange; aromatic, coconut, hearty.
Roots: ginger, lemon, anise; combine for an intense, flavorful cocktail.
These are less sweet and less bitter than most traditional aperitifs and cocktails, while containing less alcohol (21%) than most distilled spirits. Expect the freshness and elegance of white wine and the complexity of a spirit-based cocktail.
Bottles are $35 (750mL) and $50 for a sample pack of all four. Shop at atost.co. And if you are in the subway area, visit the tasting room.