Our Featured Seasonal Wine – Sutcliffe Rosé: “Our Rosé is created from 100% Merlot grapes in McElmo Canyon, Colorado. Fermenting very slowly in stainless steel, creates a wine [with] much diversity…layers ripe in strawberries and melon.” – Joe Buckel, Sutcliffe Vineyards.
One thing we love about working at Wagon Wheel Liquors in Durango, Colorado is the ability to keep our stock as local as possible. We want to share with you the many vineyards we love carrying that are created locally from the spirits to the brews and the wine. So join us for our blog series on all of the local Colorado companies we feature throughout our store. We will be discussing all of the local wines, beer and liquor we carry year-round as well as what we keep in stock currently.
Our Local Wines, Part One:
The Four Corners and Southern Colorado Plateau regions boast varied ecosystems unlike the rest of the continental United States. With over four different types of ecosystems in roughly 4,780 square miles, you can see why this area is so unique. One of the better reasons why this area is so unique, we think, is for all of the extremely differentiated wines that come from this area. Did you know that before prohibition, Colorado used to be known for its wines? Founding Governor of Grand Junction, George A. Crawford is credited with planting sixty acres of grapes and other fruit near Palisade. However, it wasn’t until the 1960’s when wine was resurrected again. In 1990, the Colorado General Assembly created the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board and as of 2010, there are now over 115 commercial wineries in Colorado alone! Read below to find out more about the four wineries we carry from the Four Corners region.
Sutcliffe Vineyards – This lovely Colorado wine has its vineyards situated on 22-acres in McElmo Canyon. Having been in business since 1995, they are known for working with local Southwest Colorado restaurants pairing wine specifically with local foods. You can read more about them here and here. At Wagon Wheel Liquors, we currently stock their Rosé (our featured wine above – just ask Shana why she loves it so much!), White Blend, Viognier, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Cinsaut, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet France, and Merlot.
Fox Fire Farms – Located in Ignacio, Colorado, this vineyard boasts an organic farm on 1100 acres and one of the highest wineries in Colorado at 6500 feet in elevation. They regularly schedule Friday Nights, at Fox Fire Farms that happens May 29th – September 25th from 6-9pm. You can read more about this winery here. We currently carry their Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Guy Drew Vineyards – The second winery situated in McElmo Canyon, their business practice focuses on preserving the riparian wildlife that surrounds their vineyards and ensures that the history of the canyon is evident in the creation of their wines. You can read more about Guy Drew Vineyards here. We currently stock their Sweet Merlot, Metate, and Pinot Gris.
Wines of the San Juans – Located in Northern New Mexico, close to the Colorado border, this family-run winery is rooted in cowboy culture. Their background in cultivating the land led them to planting vineyards in rabbit brush – establishing a wide array of unique and differentiated wines. You can read more about their San Juan River-front vineyard here. We currently carry these wines: Girls Are Meaner, Blanco Rojo, Blue Winged Dove, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sharing our knowledge on all of the local liquor is just one of the many reasons we love our jobs. Stay tuned for next time when we introduce the wineries we carry that are from Grand Junction!
*Come join us on Wednesdays when we have our wine tastings from 4-6pm – where featured weekly wines are 15% off! Follow us on Facebook to find out which wines we are featuring this week and stop in to check out all of the other wines we have in stock, too!
Because local wines vary so much in their production, our supply varies seasonally.