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What’s All The Phuss about Phylloxera?

Posted on: February 23rd, 2017 by Lynn Lickers Wilson 3 Comments

If you follow the wine industry at all, you have probably heard or read about phylloxera (pronounced fill-ox-eruh). Phylloxera is a microscopic aphid that feeds on the roots of certain types of grapevines. Like other insect or aphid infestations, phylloxera causes damage to the root system of the vines by feasting on them for breakfast, lunch and dinner eventually causing the root, and thus the vine, to die.

Sadly, there is no magic bullet or cure for phylloxera and it will, eventually, destroy many vines throughout our beautiful valley. The good news is that phylloxera has been around for many centuries and the wine industry continues to thrive. Proof that Bacchus, Dionysus and Edesia want us to be happy! (More on Edesia later.)

So what’s to be done? The only way to rid the valley of phylloxera is to tear out infected vines and replant vines that are resistant to phylloxera. This is no small (or cheap) undertaking and wineries will most likely begin the process of replanting over the course of several years. This way, grapes can still be harvested from the infected vines, while the newly planted vines have a chance to grow and produce.

But there is good news! Phylloxera does not at all affect the quality of wine harvested from the vines. You can’t “catch” phylloxera and there is absolutely none of it in the wine you drink. So drink up and be happy!

Some wineries may take steps to slow the spread of phylloxera from vineyard to vineyard. This might include limited visitor access through vineyards, as phylloxera can be spread through soil on your shoes, car tires, etc. This will have no impact on our tasting room so we encourage you to visit and taste our wine always and often!

Now about Edesia.  She is the Roman Goddess of food and wine and presides in spirit, if not in substance, over banquets. Wow – lucky lady, how do I get that job? Edesia is also the name of the Palisade culinary, wine and spirits adventure that takes place Sunday, April 2 at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade. You can savor the best in food and drink that Western Colorado has to offer and benefit Marillac Clinic. Grande River will be there pouring our wines along with several other local wineries, restaurants, brew pubs, distilleries and more. Chef demonstrations, live music and lots of fun await you. Buy your tickets very, very soon because this event fills up fast. Advance tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

So phylloxera is here but have no phear! We can still eat, drink and be merry and we’ll see you at Edesia.

October Wine Club Pick Up Party Recipes

Posted on: November 17th, 2016 by Dan Ward 13 Comments

It’s November 17 and it looks like the prolonged, delightful Indian summer we’ve been enjoying has ended here in western Colorado. Snow is piling up in the vineyards and depending on your personality that’s either great or bad news. Personally, I liked it a lot better when it was close to 70 degrees yesterday. But we all understand that if we want wine, we need water! Even if it’s from melted snow.

Our October Wine Club pick up party was lots of fun! Each one seems to grow in attendance and I love getting to meet our members in person and share some food, wine and laughs. I keep promising to post my recipes or e-mail, but it’s a busy summer and because we’ve had such great weather we’ve still had lots of traffic in the tasting room. Since today that’s all changed – it’s the perfect chance to get these recipes to you.

Please bear in mind I tend to make things up as I go along, and I’m preparing for 75+ people. Adapt and adjust and let me know how they work out!

And if you’re not a wine club member – now is the perfect time to join! You can sign up on-line on this website or call us at 970-464-5867.

Braised Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Recipe by Lynn Lickers Wilson

Like all good things, adjust to suit your taste. This is my grandmother’s recipe, tweaked along the way. Best made a day before serving.

1 large red onion, chopped

1 large or 2 small apples, cored and chopped

1 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil

1 Tbsp caraway seeds

1 large head red cabbage, cored and shredded (just as easy to do by hand with a sharp knife as with a food processor or fancy equipment)

Salt and pepper to taste

1/3 cup Grande River Vineyards Red Raspberry vinegar

1/2 cup Grande River Vineyards Meritage Red or your favorite GRV red wine

1/3 cup brown sugar

¼ tsp ground cloves

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Heat oil in dutch oven or 4-qt saucepan over medium heat. Add apple and onion and saute until softened. Add caraway seed and stir for a minute or two. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Cover and simmer for about  1 ½ hours, until cabbage is tender.  Add more wine or chicken or veg broth as necessary during cooking so cabbage stays moist. Adjust seasonings. Note: When I served this, I grilled bratwurst, sliced it and added it before serving. You can serve bratwurst along side and this is also great with roast pork.


Cheese and Potato Soup

                Recipe by Lynn Lickers Wilson

Use more chicken broth or milk for a thinner soup. Adjust seasoning to suit your taste. Start with less – it’s easy to add more but it’s tough to take it out!

4- 5 Yukon gold potatoes, chopped (peeled or not, up to you)

2 -3 qts chicken or vegetable broth, divided

1 cup whole milk

4 Tbsp butter

2 carrots, peeled and sliced (or use a generous handful of baby carrots, sliced)

1 small red onion, chopped

1 small white (or yellow) onion, chopped

1 tsp whole cumin seed

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning or ½ tsp celery seed

1 tsp dry mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup grated Swiss or Gruyere cheese

Place potatoes in saucepan and add enough broth to cover. Bring to boil and simmer until potatoes are tender. Strain off almost all broth and reserve. Lightly mash potatoes and add milk. Should be lumpy – this is not Thanksgiving!

In a large soup pot, melt butter over medium heat and add carrots, red and white onion. Saute until just soft. Add cumin seed and cook for a minute or two. Add ground cumin, Old Bay, salt and pepper, dry mustard and stir to combine. Add potato mixture and reserved broth, stir well to combine. Bring to simmer and gradually add cheeses, stirring to melt. Taste and add more milk, broth, cheese or seasonings to taste. Simmer for a few minutes to let flavors combine, stirring occasionally. Serve garnished with a little cooked diced bacon or smoky ham, diced sweet red pepper, parsley or chives sprinkled on top. Great paired with GRV Chardonnay or Meritage White wine.

Apple Cherry Crisp

                Recipe by Lynn Lickers Wilson

5 – 6 apples, your choice of variety, cored and sliced thin. Peel or not, up to you.

½ cup raisins

Grande River Vineyards Ruby Port or Late Harvest Viognier

½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar, depending on sweetness of apples

8 oz frozen, thawed cherries (not pie filling)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

½ tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp ground cloves

Place raisins in a microwaveable bowl and cover with Port or Late Harvest Viognier. Microwave until just warm, about 45 seconds, and let sit for about 30 minutes to rehydrate.  In large bowl combine remaining ingredients and add raisins with their liquid. Stir well to combine. Place into buttered baking dish.

In separate bowl combine:

1 cup oats

¼ cup flour

½ cup brown sugar

½ tsp cinnamon

Cut in 6 Tbsp butter until mixture is crumbly and sprinkle over apple mixture. Bake at 350 for 35 – 40 minutes or until bubbly and topping is golden brown. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.  Pair with Grande River Vineyards Late Harvest Viognier.

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