Talon Wine Brands in Palisade collected 26 awards, more than any other Colorado winery won. Three labels from the winery were awarded winning 13 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze medals. “This Competition for us shows us we can really compete on a large scale. The Denver International allows wineries from places like Gallo and large wineries in California. To come out on top of a few of those is really pretty nice for us,” said Brian Stevens, Wine Maker for Talon Wine Brands.* View Competition complete list of winners.
Story by Angel Russell
*Meadery of the Rockies is one of three wineries under the family name of Talon Wine Brands. The other two wineries in the hive are St. Kathryn Cellars and Talon Winery.
(GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – May 2, 2014) Grand Junction Free Press – FreeTime section – features a full page story on Meadery of the Rockies, the ancient relationship humans have with honey wine, how mead is made, and how to enjoy tasting mead at the winery in Palisade. Owner Glenn Foster encourages people to ‘bee’ adventurous, and recommends people enjoy mead with friends and family during dinner and find what works best for their tastes. Story and photos by Brittany Markert.
(GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – April 11, 2014) KKCO-TV captures comments of Talon Wine Brands’ Assistant General Manager and Winemaker Brian Stevens at the Summit. Stevens sees mutual interests worth exploring between western Colorado wineries and breweries. Director of Sales and Public Relations Pat Kennedy took advantage of networking with local businesses in attendance.
Talon Wine Brands is the parent of Meadery of the Rockies and sister wineries St. Kathryn Cellars and Talon Winery.
(PALISADE, Colorado – Nov. 14, 2012) Talon Wine Brands is 2nd highest medal winner at international competition. Story by Wine Openers columnist Dave Buchanan in The Daily Sentinel. Photo by Christopher Tomlinson.
Talon Wine Brands Wins 21 Medals at Denver International Wine Competition
First time a Colorado winery is 2nd highest medal winner in the Competition!
(PALISADE, Colorado — Nov. 1, 2012) Talon Wine Brands brings home the Gold to Colorado from the prestigious 2012 Denver International Wine Competition. Of the 21 Medals won, 10 are Gold, 5 are Silver and 6 are Bronze. Wineries from 13 countries entered 800 wines in the Competition. Talon Wine Brands was the 2nd highest medal winner overall. “This says a lot for Colorado wines,” said Christoper J. Davies, CEO and Publisher of the Wine Country Network, sponsor of the Competition. So far the medal count is 71 Gold, Silver and Bronze in 2012. Read news release
(Oct. 2012) Palisade was the only wine region to make the list not on either coast, with the others in the top 10 coming from the Big Four of California, Oregon, Washington and New York. Meadery of the Rockies called out as a “DON’T MISS” stop, along with Carlson Vineyards, Plum Creek Winery and Hermosa Vineyards.
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(GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Feb. 8, 2012) – A Palisade Winery is saying ‘cheers’ to four years of successful business. They’ve been working with locally grown products for years now, supporting the local economy.
Glenn Foster knows that wine is about more than just grapes. “To me wine is a celebration of life. Every one of them are special, it’s really hard to find two wines that are exactly alike,” he says. And with over 40 varieties under his company’s three brand names, he certainly has much to celebrate. “We have about 22 tanks now, and we have a full size bottling line,” says Foster.
But it wasn’t always that way. Talon started with just five tiny tanks in Fruita. Today, Foster owns St. Kathryn’s Cellar and Meadery of the Rockies, which both operate under Talon Wines. Talon brand produces your standard grape wines, all of which are made with locally grown materials.
“Its nice to live in a place like this where we could get such great quality fruit, such great quality grapes, and of course, that translates in to better wine,” says Brian Stevens, wine maker for Talon Wines. The Grand Valley serves as a hot spot for wine growing grapes, giving Talon the perfect product to create their high quality wine.
“There’s a lot of equipment involved. We have a destemmer that we use, and that actually separates the grapes from the stems,” says Foster. From there, the grapes head in to a press or tank, depending if they’re white or red, then they allow the grapes to age properly. “It could be bottled within three months or so, maybe four months. Or it could be a year and a half or two years,” he says. Bottled and ready to enjoy, Talon continues to say “cheers” to what sets them apart from the competition.
“All the wineries in the valley share quite a bit you know, production wise, but I think what sets us apart is the love we put in to these wines. We love all these wines, and they’re like our kids,” says Stevens.”
(Dec 28, 2011) As you may or may not know, one Colorado winery has some serious California connections. In 1976, W. Reed Foster helped found the icon Ravenswood winery. A few decades later, his son Glenn worked as a winemaker at several small wineries in Colorado. In 2008, after owning and operating a retail store in Fruita, CO, Glenn bought three small wineries of his own. As the Talon Wine Brands grew, Glenn brought on a second winemaker. Brian Stevens was an elementary school teacher and home brewer, but is now the winemaker for one of the state’s largest wineries. Read article on Colorado Wine Press
Talon Winery Picks up Four Medals at Prestigious Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
CONTACT: Glenn Foster at 970-464-7899 or email@example.com
(PALISADE, Colorado — May 19, 2010) Local wines made by Talon Winery in Palisade earned four bronze medals for its outstanding wines from the 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. The winning wines were Talon Riesling, Talon Wingspan White, St. Kathryn Cellars Peach Passion, and Meadery of the Rockies Lancelot. Talon Winery makes wines under all three labels.
“This is a really prestigious festival,” explains Glenn Foster, owner & winemaker. “So to see the judges react so favorably to our wines is really satisfying.”
This year 666 wineries from 15 countries entered more than 3,000 wines in the competition. The event made history when all 50 states in the U.S. participated – a first for a wine competition. The event attracted 56 of the world’s top judges from ten countries and ten states. Proceeds from the competition support Camp Good Days and Special Times, a non-profit organization that provides a camp for children with cancer.
Meadery of the Rockies opened in 1995 as Colorado’s first and only meadery. They produce world-class honey wine (mead), as well as fruit-blended honey and fortified wines.
Meadery of the Rockies also earned four medals at the The Mazer Cup International 2010 Awards Competition held last month in Boulder, Colorado. The Blackberry Satin and Lancelot blend wines won silver medals and their Raspberry Chocolate Satin and Guinevere blends both received bronze medals.
The winning wines are available for tasting and purchase at retail outlets in the Grand Valley as well as all over Colorado and Wyoming.