Wine and beer reviews in Eagle County |

Wine and beer reviews in Eagle County

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Eagle County CO, Colorado
HL Blueberry Stout DT 12-12-08

The first two words of this product hint that it might be health food. Blueberries are high in antioxidants, and oatmeal is packed with healthful, cholesterol-reducing fiber.

So this is a sports drink, right? Uhh, no, unless you count watching sports as a sport.

The punchline in the name of course, is “Stout,” as in heavy-duty, relaxation-inducing beer.

What we have here is something I usually cast a wary eye toward. I’m generally suspicious of brewers who throw too much stuff into the mix. A blueberry oatmeal stout could easily be a show-off brew in which one or more of the flavors overshadows the whole point of the exercise, which is supposed to be good beer.

This stout comes close to showoff levels. There’s a lot of blueberry flavor, but it stops short ” just ” of overpowering the rest of the beer. And the beer has a nice, fruity aroma that kind of reminds you of a farmer’s market.

But while this brew is almost well balanced, the rest of the beer flavors are definitely in the background.

Still, this is a nice wintertime brew. It’s opaque, as all stouts should be, and the oatmeal lends the beer a nice, hefty body. I’m not sure this would be my first choice to bring home on a cold, snowy night, but this would be a fun choice if you’re in the mood for

a little adventure, or even just want a little whiff of summertime in your glass.

And hey, it might be good for you, too.

This beer is available at Avon Liquors.

Scott N. Miller, Vail Daily Business Editor

When last we visited a Tempranillo in this column, it was a smooth-drinking Spaniard from Valdepenas. Moving to the northern part of the country, Spain’s famous Rioja region, we have a bottle from Martin Codax ” a vintner of some repute more known for its Albarino, a Riesling-like white. (Martin Codax, by the way, was a 14th century Spanish poet.)

The Martin Codax Tempranillo is a mixed affair. On first blush, it’s got a nice oaky aroma and plenty of body, so the initial taste is apt to impress. But along with the smooth comes a boat-load of tannin; this is a highly acidic wine that might make it a good pairing with strong meat dishes. Alas, I tried it with a simple lasagna and the pasta lost ” and not in a good way.

A sipper this is not, nor is it for the casual red-wine aficionado who wants something drinkable that does not bite back. Try it if your desire to canvass the globe and try all kinds of wines compels you to ” or, perhaps, if you’re roasting a goat. Otherwise, this is a bottle best left to those who can push past all those tannins and parse the not-insignificant layers of fruit below.

This wine is available at Pier 13 Liquors in Eagle-Vail.

Alex Miller, Summit Daily Editor

The Attems family winemaking lineage dates back nearly a millennium. That’s right, we’re not talking merely centuries here, we’re talking more than 900 years.

“In 1106, records show that the Bishop of Salisbury gave them the estate for the purpose of cultivating vineyards and making wine,” according to Started by famed wine guy Michael Mondavi, Folio Wine Partners imports four Attems bottles, along with wine from the world’s “premiere and emerging wine regions.”

The Attems Pinot Grigio is quite aromatic ” hints of ripe peaches and bananas abound. On first sip, the wine is crisp, with marked minerality and a nice acidity.

There’s a hint of fruit in this wine, but it’s subtle and finishes clean. Priced at under $15, this is a very nice bottle for the price. Wine Spectator agrees ” they rated it as a “Top Value Italian White.”

I sipped on a glass of this straw-yellow colored wine on Christmas day while grazing on cheese and crackers, but I think this wine would pair well with roasted or grilled chicken or pork.

This wine is available at West Vail Liquor Mart.

Caramie Schnell, High Life Editor

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