Canyon Wind Cellars 2007 Syrah

As Rhône-style wines continue to gain in popularity, a handful of Colorado winemakers are having great success with Syrah, both as a varietal or a blend. One winery in particular, Canyon Wind Cellars, consistently produces one of my favorites from the state. Their minimalist approach to winemaking, combined with the excellent Colorado terroir, makes the Canyon WindRead more

Anemoi Wines 2009 Boreas

Back in January, Jay Christianson, the owner and winemaker of Canyon Wind Cellars, sent me a few new wines to sample. Jay’s wines are a favorite of mine and represent some of Colorado’s best and most consistent wines, year after year. I look forward to their red release each year and now have even moreRead more

Canyon Wind Cellars 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

With the summer months upon us and the warm weather here to stay, it’s an ideal time to begin exploring the popular, versatile, Sauvignon Blanc. The perfect warm-weather wine, Sauvignon Blancs range in flavor from grassy to mineraly to fruity. An alternative to the popular Chardonnay, the variety is starting to gain a footfold in someRead more

I Heart Petit Verdot

You could say Petit Verdot had me from hello (okay, maybe the first pour). I still remember standing in the Linden Vineyards tasting room where the love affair began. At the time, Linden was one of the few producers in Virginia bottling Petit Verdot as a single varietal wine. Primarily used in Bordeaux blends, theRead more

A Grand Valley Gem

I’ve had the opportunity to sample great wine produced by the other 46 states this year. I continue to be amazed at the quality and more importantly, the tremendous potential each state holds. That trend has never been more evident after opening two wines received from Canyon Wind Cellars. Located in the Grand Valley AVA,Read more

Caution, High Altitude Ahead

With elevations ranging from 4000 to 7000 feet above sea level, Colorado’s vineyards are among the highest in the world. The continental climate (warm days + cool nights + low humidity) creates ideal conditions for the cultivation of grapes required to produce premium wines. Home to 2 designated American Viticultural Areas, Grand Valley and WestRead more