Mornings With Gina Birch

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A view of Telluride from the gondola

Happy Wine Wednesday. When you think of wine, I bet Colorado is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, that state has two small wine regions that are producing some surprisingly good juice.


Buckel Family Wines tasting room in Red Dirt Studio Gallery in Telluride. Photo: Gina Birch

When visiting over the summer, I stumbled onto a tasting room for Buckel Family Wines located in Red Dirt Studio Gallery (very cool art) in Telluride.

Buckel Family Wines Pet-Nat. Photo: Gina Birch

My Wine Wednesday pick comes from here. It’s a so-called pet-nat, a natural sparkling wine. The wine is bottled before the primary fermentation finishes and no sugar is added for a secondary fermentation.

It’s a lighter style and this one had some great notes of strawberries. Delish with salty meats and cheeses.

It’s a geeky find and one you’ll have to order direct if you want to try it.

Tellurado art gallery and bar in Telluride, CO. Photo: Gina Birch

Just down the street from Red Dirt, Fort Myers restaurateur Mitch Schwenke,of Blue Coyote Supper Cub fame, opened Tellurado, an art gallery and bar where he sells the stunning coyote artwork created by Markus Pierson. Besides art, he serves some fantastic cocktails along with even more Colorado wines.

A view of Telluride from the gondola. Photo: Gina Birch

Telluride is a beautiful Colorado mountain town. The air is a little thin for those of us who are used to sea level. But I loved finding such a fantastic local connection for food, wine and art lovers.

It’s also nice to discover a small, family wine businesses in places on the west coast other than California. Cheers to Wine Wednesday!

Next up, figuring out to get wine down these hallways, past security, so I can pop a cork on air for next Wine Wednesday. shhhhhh


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