In The News
Denver Magazine's weekly online Blog focusing on Colorado Wines recently featured Settembre Cellars. We were truly saddened to see Denver Magazine recently close its doors; fortunately you can find all of Jacob Harkins's Colorado Wine writings, including this feature, on Colorado Wino: Building a Cult Winery in Colorado.
Top Front Range Winery
Settembre Cellars named named the Editor's Pick for Top Front Range Winery. We are extremely honored.
You can find these, and all other articles featuring Settembre Cellars on our website under In The News.
We've been quite pleased with the results of our Boulder-Grown 80304 Wine. The 80304 vineyard was planted in 2005 and was initially an experiment: take a grapevine that is well suited to our climate and then treat it with the same care we give a premium vinifera. We've been working with these grapes to produce the best wine it can, and after several vintages of carefully watching what the vineyard has to offer we have something special in the works for the 2010 vintage. Building on these efforts we've begun a new joint project with 63rd Street Farm and planted a second Boulder vineyard this spring. The picture below shows a portion of the upper rows shortly after planting (the vines are located at the bamboo stakes and the metal posts & string served to align the rows and space the vines). Fifty of the vines are in the ground so far, and we'll plant the second half after the spring rains subside. The first several years the vines will be trained, and fruit removed, to allow the vine to focus its energy into building its root system. We have a few ideas based on the vine and its location; we're looking forward trying to manage the canopy in order to optimize the fruit while controlling the vigor of the vine. It's a really exciting project as we prepare for the 2013 Harvest.
Many of you may already be on our Crush Crew, for those with an interest in viticulture, the science of growing grapes, new volunteer opportunities will be available in the vineyard as well as the winery. The Crush Crew is open to all of Settembre Cellars fans: Register for a website account and then choose the Dashboard from your user account to add the Crush Crew to your groups. When you receive an invitation for a volunteer day at the winery, RSVP, spend a morning or afternoon sipping wine while sorting grapes, harvesting grapes, pruning vines, bottling wine, or helping at one of our events and you're in. Folks who participate in one of these volunteer work days become members of our Friends and Family Club. For current members, we'll be sending out invitations for the 2011 Friends & Family Club Party within the coming weeks.
We're continuing to work on offsetting our production to coincide with our philosophies on wine: no wine before its time. As you've probably noticed our vintage releases have a lag, this is partially exercising patience in preparing the wines for bottle, and secondly not releasing until after the wines have had a time to cellar while adjusting to the bottle (yes, bottle shock is a real phenomena). We've further begun shifting part of our 2009 Red Wines to a longer barrel aging program. We have only considered purchasing new French Oak barrels in our production, and some of our original barrels are now approaching neutral, which means they are ideal for extended aging of wine without imparting excessive Oak.
Meanwhile, last fall's release of the 2008 Red Wines and 2009 White Wines have made lovely strides in maturity during their winter bottle aging and continue to improve. One of the great joys of wine is watching it evolve with time, not only in the glass, but with proper cellaring. With the exception of the 2008 Sangiovese, which has sold out, we've been cellaring a bottle just for you...
Taste of Pearl was once again a sold out event. If you missed out, we encourage you to keep an eye out for next year's event. This hometown event is one of our favorites. Some of Colorado's finest wineries & Boulder restaurants join forces on Pearl Street Mall.
This September, at least if your not a winemaker up to your ears in grapes, it's time for a road trip to the Grand Valley AVA, home to Colorado's largest concentration of land under vine and the largest Colorado Wine Festival: Colorado Winefest in Palisade (Saturday September 17, 2011).
Keep an eye on our website for announcements of future Events that are in the works in addition to other opportunities to Taste.
Colorado Wine Week
Governor John Hickenlooper has declared the week of June 5, 2011 Colorado Wine Week. We're offering 30% off of our already discounted FedEx shipping rates to make getting your celebratory bottle even easier; or if you're in Boulder, consider our most economical and sustainable option: Bicycle Delivery.
Folks often ask where to find Settembre Cellars wine. We have updated our website to include the Restaurants which offer our wines by the bottle on their wine list; next time your in Boulder, consider dining with Settembre Cellars Wine at some of Boulder's Finest Restaurants.
If you'd rather pair our wines with your own culinary creations we offer Bicycle Delivery to most Boulder Addresses. In addition, we ship wine throughout Colorado, California, Oregon, and North Dakota via FedEx. Visit our WineShop to see our current releases and order today!
When dining out we typically go straight to the wine by the bottle list: both for the generally higher quality and more unique offerings. Recently our winemaker has been ordering more wine by the glass, and has the black and blue olfactory receptors to prove it. Here are our suggestions on surviving the Wine by the Glass List at restaurants.