There is nothing ordinary about Ordinary Fellow Wine from Colorado and that is why it is this week’s Wine Wednesday feature. I visited one of Colorado’s small wine regions while on vacation a couple of summers ago and was both surprised and impressed with what I found. When Colorado comes to mind, skiing, not winemaking, is typically top of mind. That might soon be changing. The warm days, cool nights and high elevations make some areas near perfect for vines to thrive.
About the Colorado winery
Ordinary Fellow Wine recently hosted a virtual tasting with a group of wine writers from around the nation. It was the first time the wine was shared outside of their tasting room in Palisade. The story is a good one. The brand was founded by Ben Parsons who moved to Colorado in the early 2000’s. He also founded Infinite Monkey Theorem an urban winery in Denver. It was here that Parson’s became an industry trailblazer by putting wine in kegs and cans. It’s a practice that has since become more common.
As for Ordinary Fellow, the vineyards are all high elevation and at least one is famous for more than it’s vines. Bok Bar is just above the Yucca House National Monument just south of Cortez. The area is an important center for Ancestral Pueblo people from 1150 to 1300. The vineyards are full of ancient pottery shards, arrowheads and such.
This brand is not just about the wine. There is nothing ordinary about it’s packaging either. It’s colorful, it stands out, and the labels are interactive. Rotate the white sleeve and openings in the back reveal words and phrases, clues as to what you will find once you pop the cork. And once you remove the sleeve, the label is a vibrant mural that you might just want to keep and repurpose. Check out the video below.
There is nothing ordinary about Ordinary Fellow Wine from Colorado. Here is the line-up.