When you think of great wines, you think of California, France, Italy, Spain, and Colorado. Colorado? Indeed! We may not have the best Cabernets or Pinot Noirs, but we do have some lesser-known varietals that will rival the best in the world. Colorado Cabernet Franc is floral and herbaceous to the nose and loaded with notes of dark ripe plum with a toasty oak finish (typically found in the Loire of France), Colorado Merlot is wildly unique, the skins develop an intriguing array of spice from being at high altitude, and Teroldego (an Italian red variety) has a superb deep black cherry note.  A few other grapes to keep an eye out for include Syrah, Petit Verdot, Bordeaux blends, Rieslings and Gewurztraminer.

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