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Around Crested Butte & Colorado

Having first met in Crested Butte, fallen in love in Colorado, and cultivated our passion for making really good wine here in Colorado, there’s no place we’d rather be. There’s something about this land, the people, and the way time passes here. You can see it in the vibrant sunsets, draping the sandstone cliffs that tower over the Western Slope’s orchards and vineyards, feel it while shaking hands and exchanging laughs with a farmer as you load up the season’s harvest, and taste it while taking that first sip of a new vintage, as fall’s cooler air funnels into the valley and golden aspens glow in the low-angled afternoon sun.

Colorado is truly a special place, and we aim to share as much of it with you as possible. From the terroir, to the history, and the adventures that await, come back here often for our family’s favorites of Colorado and Crested Butte.

 

 

Joe Buckel
 
May 6, 2020 | Joe Buckel

How wine gets it's color

How wine gets its color?

Here we share insider knowledge on how wine is made. The intricacies of blending science and art to build craft wines that are true expression of the terroir and grape varietal. We understand from drinking wine that there is significant differences between a Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir, just as there are differences between a red delicious and a pink lady apple. 
 
Once the grapes are harvested and tossed into the wine making process, decisions about the final product begin to be considered. Color is one aspect that a winemaker can control, through grape choice as well as a technique called maceration. By definition,   maceration refers to the contact between juice and berry skins. During the fermentation process of Red Wines, winemakers can choose to shorten or lengthen the period in which the grape skins are left to sit with the grape juice. This maceration period will impact the final color of the wine.
 
The juice that is in contact with the skins extracts Polyphenols.  The skins of grapes contain these Polyphenols, which create the color and tannins in wine.  The more time the fermenting juice has contact with the skins the more color a red wine will gain, this contact time will add more tannins (structure) to the wine.  Maceration is  typically done during the Alcoholic Fermentation.
 
There are a couple of techniques used during maceration that help extract Polyphenols.  One technique winemakers use is called a Cold Soak.  This style of maceration is executed previous to the Alcoholic Fermentation and usually at colder temperatures to slow the start of Alcoholic Fermentation.  From my experience, the Cold Soak enhances the color of a wine with out too much tannin extraction. This limits bitterness in the wine.
 
Another method used by winemakers is called Extended Maceration.  This maceration happens after alcoholic fermentation.  In this style, the finished wine can stay on the skins and seeds for up to 2 months.  This approach increases in tannins(bitterness), which ultimately sets up the wine for extended aging.  Sometimes this process also causes the wine to be lighter in color. Extended Maceration is typically executed in aged red wines. These red wines that are built to drink better with age, say 15+ years.
 
Maceration techniques have become more popular with white wines, which allows white wines to become more tannic. 

Grape Maceration

Time Posted: May 6, 2020 at 9:23 AM
Buckel Family
 
March 18, 2020 | Buckel Family

Keeping the Soul of our Valley alive!

This is shaping up to be a tough month for our little valley in the West Elk Mountains of Colorado.  One of the most profitable months for our businesses in the winter was cut short by a global pandemic.  We have been impacted further by the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community.  We are a hot spot in CO.  

Lately in the news, I am seeing CEO’s from across the nation lineup in Washington with hats in hand looking for free or no interest money.  Again, we are back to the “too big to fail”.  Back to the soulless corporations lining their pockets so their executives can maintain their oversized pay packages.  Historically, our leaders have relied on giving money to the top, in the hope it trickles down through our economic system.  This has been an inefficient solution at best.

What about the Soul of small communities?  Back to our little valley, missing out on a profitable month can make or break a small business.  And what about the employees that cannot be retained?  We have already had the soul of our valley chipped away at by rising home prices and rent, and not a lot of high paying jobs to match.  The current climate will only exacerbate our situation.  We are seeing a lot of our small business do anything they can to stay open, keep a couple employees on, provide a few services.  Basically, try to stay alive and survive!

 

THIS IS A CALL TO ARMS!  Get out and support YOUR small local businesses!  Order a lunch or dinner.  Try to find your goods and services locally.  And of course get a bottle of wine to create a relaxing moment in these stressful times.  I want to see the diversity of our community and communities across the country remain intact and healthy.  As a small community let’s support each other with the intention of building tighter bonds and feeding our Soul!

Time Posted: Mar 18, 2020 at 9:36 AM
Buckel Family
 
February 28, 2020 | Buckel Family

March Events

Unfortunately due to COVID19 our March events have been cancelled as of Friday March 13th. Check back for events in later spring or summer.

For this month, we have a variety of events happening around Colorado. 

Saturday March 7th, Basecamp Tasting. For folks in the Summit County area, head on over to Basecamp Wine and Spirits for an in-store tasting. 

4-7pm @ Basecamp Wine & Spirits, 223 Lusher Ct #1, Frisco, CO 80443

Click here for more information on Basecamp Wine & Spirits free tastings. https://basecampliquors.com/free-tastings/

Tuesday March 10th, Professional Women’s Network. Join us at the Urban Market in Durango for a women’s networking event. This is an opportunity to connect with fellow community members and to inspire growth in each other’s professional and personal lives. Tickets are $10 for PWN members and $20 for nonmembers, and can be purchased at the door. A portion of the proceeds go to the Women’s Resource Center!

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM @ Urban Market, 865 Main Ave, Durango

For more information and to get tickets: Women's Resource Center Durango http://wrcdurango.org/events/womens-history-month/pwn-event/

Wednesday, March 11th, Winemaker Dinner. The Palisade Café 11.0 will be hosting a multi-course meal, each paired with one of our delicious wines. Our winemaker, Joe Buckel, will be there to mingle and talk about our wines while Chef John Sabal serves up delicious food. This dinner is described as an intimate, relaxed, unpretentious, country casual event. Seats are limited, so go ahead and register now!

Doors open at 5:30pm @ The Palisade Café 11.0, 113 W 3rd St, Palisade, CO 81526

 Click Here to register for this event. https://www.palisadecafe11.com/events-1/winemaker-dinner-5-buckel-family-wine

Friday, March 13th, Gunnison Valley Health Gala. The Gunnison Valley Health Foundation is hosting its Inaugural Gala event to honor Tough Enough to Wear Pink. Renowned Chef Jason Vernon of Speckled Goose Culinary will be serving a four-course menu paired with our fine wines to create a not-to-be-missed dinner. In addition, there will be live music and entertainment to bring you a fun filled evening. 

6-10:30pm @ Center for the Arts Crested Butte, 606 6th St, Crested Butte, CO 81224

Purchase tickets here. https://www.gunnisonvalleyhealth.org/Events-Calendar/Event-Details.aspx?Event=56

Saturday, March 14th Science of Winemaking. Join us at the winery for part two of our winemaking courses through the Center for the Arts Crested Butte. Here we will guide you through the basic science behind the winemaking process, from testing grapes, juice and wine, to fermentation, equipment and corking. This will be a fun and interactive class whether you are wanting to know the basics of how wine is made or if you make wine at home and want to grow your knowledge. This event includes light hors d’oeuvres, and plenty of our delicious wine for you to taste.

3-5pm @ Buckel Family Wine, 1018 Hwy 135, Unit B, Gunnison, CO 81230

To register for the class, click here https://www.crestedbuttearts.org/The-Art-Science-of-Winemaking-Series

Tuesday, March 31st EAT Colorado Food Show. This event brings innovative Colorado food and beverage producers together with the buyers from restaurants, caterers, grocers, distributors, hospitals, municipalities, and school systems to foster a greater connection and understanding of our dynamic food system. We will be showing our fine wines along with many other producers of wine, beer, spirits, produce, grains, meats, preserves, condiments, honey, baked goods, and more. There will be a speaker series in addition, to provide further information on current Colorado food topics. 

11am-3pm @ National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street Denver, CO 80216

Registration and more information https://eatcolorado.org/


 

Time Posted: Feb 28, 2020 at 3:47 PM
Buckel Family
 
January 30, 2020 | Buckel Family

February Events

February Events: 

As the cold temps carry on, we have exciting events happening in February that’ll make you want to head back outside again!

We are pleased to announce that our Wine Bar in Gunnison will be officially open February 20, 2020! After the busy months of harvest came to an end, we took some time to revisit our 2018 Reds and get them into bottle. Now, we have been able to focus on creating a space where you can taste our wines, enjoy a glass, and purchase those bottles to take home! Our wine bar features a large communal table, comfy benches, and smaller tables as well. So, whether you are looking to connect and share experiences with new friends or have a cozy intimate evening, this is the perfect spot. In addition to our wines, we will be offering small bites of delicious food. Contact us about booking your next party or event at the wine bar.

Visit us Wedesday-Saturday 2pm-7pm. We are located at 1018 Highway 135, Unit B, Gunnison, Colorado 81230.

Feb 1st, Colorado Crafted.  Join us at the Colorado Crafted event from 2-6pm at The Elevation Hotel & Spa in Mt. Crested Butte. This event is a great way to cap off your day whether you’ve been skiing around town in the Alley Loop or downhill at the resort. We will be there pouring our wines alongside other wineries, breweries, cideries, and distillers all from Colorado. In addition to the craft beverages, there will be small plates of food and live music by Coal Creek Connection. Purchase VIP tickets if you would like to participate in specialty tastings at 1pm with the chance to chat one-on-one with the vendors, and enter the Romp Skis giveaway! 

Read more about this event and find tickets: Colorado Crafted

Winemaker Joe Buckel in conjuction with the Center for the Arts Crested Butte will be hosting a two-part series on the ART + SCIENCE of Winemaking on February 8th and March 14. 

Learn more about this exciting series: Center for the Arts Crested Butte

Feb 28th Winemaker Dinner. Meet us in Grand Junction on Friday, February 28th at DinnerParty for our one of a kind Winemaker Dinner. Our winemaker, Joe Buckel, will be joining Chef Josh Niernberg of Bin707 to serve thoughtful pairings of expressive wines and spectacular food. The evening will include seven of our wines to accompany a passed appetizer followed by a six-course menu. Throughout the event, Joe and Josh will be talking about the wine and food, creating a fun and interactive experience. There is a limit of 30 seats, so be sure to reserve ASAP! 

Info and tickets: Winemaker Dinner

Info and tickets: 

Finally, we will be pouring wines to sip and sample at the following places:

Redlands Liquor Store @ 3-6pm Friday, Feb 7th 

2518 Broadway B7, Grand Junction, CO 81507

 

Fisher Liquor Barn @ 4-6pm Saturday, Feb 29th 

2438 Patterson Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81505

 

Time Posted: Jan 30, 2020 at 8:18 AM
Joe Buckel
 
May 3, 2019 | Joe Buckel

International Sauvignon Blanc Day

Go to /Wines and purchase 6 bottles or more of the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and enter the code SAUVBLANC at checkout to receive 5% off plus free shipping for the rest of May! Add other bottles to make it a full case and receive free shipping on those wines as well :)

Time Posted: May 3, 2019 at 7:27 AM
Buckel Family
 
April 11, 2019 | Buckel Family

Cabernet Franc

 

 

In the last few years Cabernet Franc has become one ofthe featured red varietals in Colorado. The grape is consistent year to year, producing high quality wines that show raspberry, strawberry, cassis, plum, bell pepper, tobacco, and spice. Cabernet Franc fares well in Colorado’s altitude, dry climate, and shorter growing season. It historically has enjoyed success in sandy soils, which is prevalent in Colorado, producing a more robust wine.  It is early to bud break and early to ripen. This can be challenging in the spring during frosty evenings in late April and early May, but allows for full maturity at harvest in late September.

Through DNA testing it has been confirmed that Cabernet Franc has its origins in Bordeaux, where it is used extensively in blending. The aromatics of Cabernet Franc are unmatched, making it a lovely component in red wine blends. 

Shortly after it was originally planted, cuttings were taken to the Loire Valley where the varietal thrives.  A 100% Cabernet Franc wine is more common from the Chinon area of the Loire. The rosés from Chinon are also made from Cabernet Franc. So in that vein, Colorado has used more of a Loire style of utilizing the famed grape as a single varietal wine.

Fun Fact:  Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc are the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Buckel Family Wine 2017 Cabernet Franc, $24/bottle - Just released after 6 months in bottle.

Palisade Café recently said, ’Holy shit - we’re all LOVING your Cabernet Franc. WOW!’

 

 

Time Posted: Apr 11, 2019 at 2:51 PM
Shamai Buckel
 
January 12, 2019 | Shamai Buckel

Special winter offer

Time Posted: Jan 12, 2019 at 9:14 AM