DENVER, CO — August 28, 2013 — Though few Colorado residents are aware of it, Colorado wines have won awards for “Best in the World” and even Robert M. Parker, Jr. tweeted in October 2012 that his taste of two Colorado wines “opened his eyes to Colorado wine.” We’ve come a long way in this industry, yet relatively few of us are aware of the pleasures that are available in our own backyards.
However, one Denver-area wine writer and wine enthusiast has set out to reveal the vinifera treasures that are tucked away all over the state and just waiting to be discovered. In his new book, C. S. Vin (a pseudonym), an Amazon bestselling author in another genre, provides nearly 400 pages to “entertain, educate, and entice readers to enjoy experiencing the exceptional elixirs” (as one reader puts it) produced by the winemakers of Colorado.
The book provides a guide to quality and styles of dry red wines available in Colorado that are made entirely from Colorado grown Vitis vinifera grapes. (Fruits wines and and wines made from hybrid grape varieties are not included. The white, rosé and sweet wines will be covered in subsequent volumes, scheduled for release in 2014 and 2015.) Here’s a look at some of the information readers will receive from Experiencing Colorado Wine — Vol. 1:
- What grape varieties are currently being grown and vinified in Colorado?
- What distinguishes Colorado wine from those of other regions?
- Who are the winemakers? Where are the wineries? Where can we taste samples of the wines?
- I’m new to drinking wine. Teach me how to appreciate it and find the best value.
- What challenges do grape growers face in Colorado and how are they meeting these challenges?
- Strikingly, we do not enjoy wines with our tastebuds and olfactory senses, as we commonly think, but with our emotions!
- How do chefs arrive at their decisions about what foods to pair with a wine. Surprisingly, they do not pair wine with food, but food with wine. Learn the difference and why.
- Chefs from eleven top Colorado restaurants (think Broadmoor, Flagstaff House, The Fort, Kelly Liken, LaTour, etc.) have paired foods with selected Colorado wines and provided the recipes that are included in the book.
A year of research and writing, including the “difficult tasks” of tasting all the dry red wines currently available in Colorado (and some that only exists as library wines in the winemakers’ cellars) and sampling extraordinary cuisine created by some outstanding Colorado Executive Chefs, has produced the first-of-its-kind book on Colorado wines. If you are a wine lover or want to learn about wine, this book must be in your library. If you love this state and want to know more about it, you’ll find some interesting tidbits here about that too.
Released in December of 2014, Experiencing Colorado Wine, Volume 2 — The Whites and Rosés completes the series on the state’s quality wines. Like Volume 1, it gives you a verbal sample of the quality wines offered by various winemakers in Colorado and encourages the reader to find the wineries and/or winemakers that offer wines in a style they prefer and then follow them as they continue to taste their way through the wonderful wines Colorado grapes can produce.
C. S. Vin, who was trained in French, German and Italian wines, has relied on his background as a state wine retail manager and 30 years as a wine enthusiast to produce a valuable asset to those interested in wine in Colorado. Written in a warm, entertaining and conversational style, Experiencing Colorado Wine — Vol. 1 ($24.95, 5.5 x 8.5, 396 pages, ISBN 978-0-9835718-6-5) is available from “Experiencing Wine” on Square Market, at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and wherever fine books are sold. For more information, visit http://www.experiencingwine.com.