Gustafson Family Wines are sustainable and satisfying

Gustafson Family Vineyards, the highest elevation winery in Dry Creek Valley, enjoys commanding, panoramic views of Lake Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley, and the Mayacamas Mountains, thirty miles to the east.

At an elevation of 1800 feet above sea level, it has a rich, red volcanic soil known for producing superb wine grapes. The first vines were planted in 2002, and vineyard plantings are now complete at 20 acres with varieties including Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling.

The lean volcanic soils regulate growth and add complexity to the wines. Grapes grown at such high elevations produce wines of elegant and subtle character. Harvested in the cool morning air, their fruit is gently processed and fermented in small lots to develop soft tannins and rich flavor profiles.

For a good introduction to these quality, sustainably farmed wines, try one of these Gustafson varietals:

Gustafson Dry Creek Valley Riesling

This classic has notes of white peach and honeydew melon layer themselves over aromas of mandarin, white flowers, and a light touch of wet slate and earth. On the palate, ripe pear and white nectarine wash over whispers of chamomile, lychee, and fresh herbs with an enveloping mouthfeel. The finish features a bright minerality and acidity, balanced by a conservative amount of residual sugar that ensures a perfect complement to a variety of spicy dishes.

Gustafson Dry Creek Valley Rosé of Syrah

This juicy rosé is elegant with a floral bouquet matched with a great backbone of acidity. Delicate noes of rose petals, peonies, and ripe strawberries unfold from the glass, followed by notes of tart cranberries, dragon fruit, and a faint hint of honeydew melon on the palate.

You can experience the wines of Gustafson Family Vineyards, and well as wine from all around the globe, at larger, independently owned wine shops that offer you a superior selection and an experienced staff that will help you find the perfect bottle every time.

Welcome summer with Pamplemousse Rosé

Pamplemousse Rosé has a slightly sweet, easygoing grapefruit taste that is engaging and approachable for entry level wine drinkers and sunny weather. With more people opting for relaxing dinners at home, the pink hued Pamplemousse Rosé, with its lower alcohol content (usually 8-10% ABV), is the quintessential couch wine.

There is a major trend in French wine with flavored profiles such as Pamplemousse Rosé. New flavor-hybrid wines now typically score in the top three aperitifs for the 18-34 demographic.

Besides a refreshing, fruity taste, Pamplemousse Rosé is highly versatile. You can serve it chilled, over ice with soda, or as a welcome addition to cocktails. Try one of these recipes or have fun playing with your own.

Based on the national drink of Mexico, this rosé variation is refreshing with a light punch.

Pamplemousse Paloma

  • 5 ounces blanco tequila
  • .75 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • .5 ounce Pamplemousse Rosé
  • .25 ounce agave syrup (optional)
  • grapefruit for garnish

Combine the liquid ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker shake until your vessel is frosted. Strain into a Collins glass and top off with two ounces of grapefruit soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedges.

This next recipe will brighten any brunch and bridal party.

Pamplemosa

  • 1 ounce Pamplemousse Rosé
  • French champagne or Prosecco
  • 1 fresh grapefruit

In a champagne flute, combine the Pamplemousse Rosé and 4-5 ounces of the sparkling wine. Garnish with a long strip of grapefruit peel.

Locally, you can find Pamplemousse Rosé at larger, better stocked liquor stores, like Wyatt’s, that offer you a vast selection of the latest wine varietals and specialty spirits.

3 Great Gift Rosés for Mother’s Day

Looking for a simple gift for Mother’s Day that she will appreciate and use? How about a quality bottle of rosé?

Rosé is considered the oldest known type of wine, dating as far back as 600 BC. Rosé wines are generally made from red grapes and are highly versatile wines that complement many types of foods. They are lighter than red wine and deeper than white. Their pink color depends on the amount of time the grape skin stays in contact with the juice.

Rosés are ideal for warmer evenings and casual dinners with friends. Dry rosés, which have the acidity of white wine and the fruit character of red, pair particularly well with small plate fare and tapas like prosciutto and melon, asparagus, and quiches with mushrooms. Pork sausages right off the grill are terrific with rosés, as are grilled vegetables like peppers and zucchini.

All three of these suggestions are reliable crowd pleasers and perfect for “Mommy Time-outs”:

Bieler Pere et Fils Rosé

This classic Provence rosé is a blend of 55% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Grenache. Its aromas of wild strawberry and watermelon are followed by a bright yet broad mid-palate with a raspberry, cherry, peach, herbal, citrus and mineral core, topped by a crisp finish.

Mirabeau Provence Rosé

Mirabeau Classic is a Côtes de Provence made from beautiful hillside vineyards to the southeast of Aix-en-Provence. This is a vibrant pink, classic pale Provence rosé whose generous fruit charms the senses immediately with a heady mixture of wild strawberry, red cherry, and raspberry aromatics. It is surprisingly elegant and balanced on the palate with a delicious fresh acidity that combines with generous fruit to create a sumptuous lingering finish.

Greetings Willamette Valley Rosé

Greetings Rosé is flawlessly layered with soft berries, a lush mid-palate texture, and a refreshing, pleasing acidity in its finish. It begins with an enchanting flamingo color, leading to sweet berry aromas and a mouth of plump cherry and raspberry. A definite pink gem from the Pacific Northwest.

You can find these, and other rosés to celebrate spring, at large, local, family-owned liquor stores that offer you a superior selection experience with knowledgeable staff who take the intimidation out of wine buying.

Hahn can bring a smile to your rosé cheeks

One doesn’t often think of lighter wines in chilling times, but why not break tradition with Hahn Pinot Noir Rosé?

Sourced from Hahn’s Ste. Philippe vineyard, located adjacent to the Arroyo Seco River, the sandy, well-drained soil, coupled with the typical growing season of cool nights and temperate daytime temperatures, resulted in longer hang time, preserving the acidity and unique fruit tones of this particular appellation.

Hahn Pinot Noir Rosé is bursting with flavors of fresh strawberry, watermelon, and citrus, all complemented by a creamy mouthfeel, bright acidity, and a crisp finish.

Hahn Rosé scores big in the pairing department. This decidedly food-friendly wine is perfect with nearly all seafood dishes or roast pork.

A little tough to find locally, Hahn Pinot Noir Rosé is exclusive to only two wine retailers in Northern Colorado– Wyatt’s Wet Goods in Longmont and Wilbur’s of Fort Collins (both of whom are worth visiting for their superior selection).