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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
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
Joe Buckel
 
August 31, 2018 | Joe Buckel

Drinking all Pink!

Enjoy Buckel Family Wine Rosé and Pink Vapor Stew all year long!

Time Posted: Aug 31, 2018 at 11:06 AM
Joe Buckel
 
August 13, 2018 | Joe Buckel

Grand River Valley AVA

Two of our favorite growers in the Grand Valley AVA are Black Bear Orchards and Colorado Vineyard Specialists.  Joe has had the pleasure of working with these  guys for a decade.  

Black Bear Orchards is run by Brain and Rebecca Cox.  They have over 150 acres of fruit orchard, including Cherries, Peaches, Plums, and Wine Grapes.  In our opinion he produces some of the best Colorado Fruit, often organic and now found in Krogers/City Markets across the state.  You can also purchase from them directly.  Brain is a 2nd generation farmer in the Palisade region.

Kaibab Sauvage owns and operates Colorado Vineyard Specialists.  He has been in the vineyard most of his life and farms over 50 acres of wine grapes in the Grand Valley.  

When in Palisade be sure to check out the Palisade Café, and our favorite spots in Grand Junction, Bin 707 Food Bar, and Taco Party with Josh Neimenberg.

Time Posted: Aug 13, 2018 at 4:13 PM
Joe Buckel
 
June 13, 2018 | Joe Buckel

Crested Butte Mountain Bike Trail

Choosing a favorite trail in Crested Butte, is not for the faint-hearted.  The high alpine meadows, aspen forested hills, and rocky outcroppings provide endless opportunity.  Weather and season will most definitely factor into your decision of where to roll on any given day.   

One of our favorite bike rides is Snodgrass.  When Joe and Shamai first met in Crested Butte eons ago, this was the backyard ride.  The trail has just enough shade on hot sunny days, a couple gnarly root sections, fun flowy downhill, wildflowers galore, and tackiness after a rain.  TIP: Check for season closures before you ride.

With so many trails to choose from do not get lost in finding the best one, just get out there and play!

Time Posted: Jun 13, 2018 at 4:12 PM
Joe Buckel
 
May 5, 2018 | Joe Buckel

What A Winemaker Drinks

 

Time Posted: May 5, 2018 at 10:50 AM