Vail Valley wine and spirits review: A scotch that stays with you |

Vail Valley wine and spirits review: A scotch that stays with you

cschnell@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

The Singleton of Glendullan is the well-dressed pedestrian of scotches. You take notice of the person crossing the street in front of you on your way into work, and for a brief moment something about him catches your eye was it his hat or the silk suit? Hours later youre still trying to figure out why the man stood out in the crowd with so many others around him.Thats how The Singleton goes down. Youll notice the mildly-spicy flavor and find it gently agreeable, but you wont know why. Youll think about it after it hits your belly and wonder whats so appealing.The Singleton is a very smooth, easy-going scotch that hails from Speyside in northern Scotland. Its matured for 12 years and for a single-malt that garnered the label of Exceptional from the Beverage Testing Institute, the price tag isnt a burn.Cary Hogan, product manager of Avon Liquors, said she tasted it about a month ago and instantly brought it into the stores inventory.Its very indicative of the Highlands characteristics and its very well priced, Hogan said. She described the taste as fruity and grassy, smooth and balanced. Enjoying The Singleton with a blackened steak and mushrooms for dinner would be a solid pairing, Hogan said.You need something thats got some deep flavor to it to hold up to the single malt. You dont want to overpower your food with the scotch, Hogan said. This spirit is available at Avon Liquors, Beaver Liquors in Avon, West Vail Liquor Mart and Eagle Ranch Wine & Spirits. Charlie Owen, High Life Writer

Once again its time to dispel that old stereotype about Chianti being an inferior red wine only served in wicker-covered bottles in Italian restaurants. Not that theres anything wrong with the venerable old table wine favored by pasta joints from Rifle to Rome, but every grape deserves a second chance at greatness, no?As the name strongly implies, this bottle is from Leonardos old town, Vinci, in the Tuscany region of Italy. There, the Chianti winemaking region turns out many bottles varying in quality from the aforementioned staple red to more sophisticated varietals.In the case of Da Vinci, its most certainly cause for a minor celebration to find a Chianti with this much character. Theres plenty of fruit currant, plum, strawberry and a touch of smoke with a touch of tanning and spice. As reds go, its a medium, highly drinkable and certainly good for pairing with an antipasti, meat or pasta. It has just the right amount of tartness and a pretty smooth finish, making for one of the best Chiantis under $20 youre likely to run across.Oh, and if you care about what the bottle looks like when you set it on the table in front of guests, this is a good one with, of course, a bit of a Da Vinci drawing front and center. Just dont ask me me which one it is.This wine is available at West Vail Liquor Mart, Pier 13 Liquor in Eagle-Vail, Avon Liquors, Eagle Ranch Wine & Spirits and Riverwalk Wine & Spirits in Edwards. Alex Miller, Summit Daily Editor

Dancing Bull is owned by E&J Gallo Winery, which is one of the largest U.S. wine companies, if not the largest. That means this wine is, indeed, mass produced. And really thats kind of apparent with this bottle. Its good wine, but certainly doesnt stand out in a crowd. The wines fun Web site does stand out, though. Check out The Guys Guide to Wine, which has chapters like Wine with Food You Actually Eat, The Basics: You Understand Beer, Wine Will Follow, and Wine Words that Make You A Genius. Pretty entertaining stuff, I must say. At $12, the price is about right for this screw-top Sauvignon Blanc, though I think it should be priced more in the $9 or $10 range. Its tangy and bright, overall a nice easy-drinking wine that goes down well with food, or without.I drank a glass with mushroom risotto, which was a nice match. The Dancing Bull folks have some other recommendations as well: Tuna with avocado and soya onions, pizza with chopped olives and peppers, spicy New Zealand shrimp and even orange cheesecake.You can find this wine at Eagle Ranch Wine & Spirits. Caramie Schnell, High Life Editor

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