Wine and beer reviews in Eagle County |

Wine and beer reviews in Eagle County

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
HL Faiveley Chardonnay DT 3-3-08

Winemaker Sebastien Vincenti (a protege of Andre Brunel) is responsible for this French red rhone wine. The vineyards are cropped to produce nearly half the yield of neighboring vineyards and the grapes are hand-harvested, both of which account for this deeply textured, intensely fruited wine, said Kenny Teague, a wine representative for Beaver Liquors.

The wine is a blend of 65 percent Grenache and 35 percent Syrah with a hint of ripe cherry flavor. And though it’s priced at under $10, Teague said he wouldn’t be surprised if it’s closer to $15 next year.

The other way to tell it’s a good bottle? It’s part of Robert Kacher’s wine portfolio, who is known for importing great French wines, said David Courtney, owner of Beaver Liquors. Wondering what to pair this wine with?

“It’s friendly with pizza or even BBQ,” Courtney said.

With spring break around the corner, this is a good wine to have on hand for visitors.

Caramie Schnell, High Life Editor

There’s something refreshing about outright ego at times. The back of this bottle reads: “THE MOST IMPORTANT VINEYARD OWNER IN BURGUNDY.” Well, then. That’s a strong statement but indeed, this is a good bottle of Chardonnay. There’s a slight scent of lime and vanilla and in the mouth, this wine is refreshing and pleasant. It’s not super complex but there’s beautiful, textured flavors. It has a crisp acidity and a medium long finish and really, I would expect this wine to be priced a little higher.

I paired a glass with pecorino romano cheese and crackers but this wine would be great alone or with fish or poultry or even pasta with a creamy sauce, said David Courtney, owner of Beaver Liquors.

Caramie Schnell, High Life Editor

A champagne cork means class. The one little item gives whatever it is closing a little something extra, but when it is keeping a great beer like the Urthel Tripel Ale fresh and tasty, it means the drinker is in for a good night. The beer, made in Holland, is a traditionally brewed Belgian beer, made with open air yeast and all. Expect a golden ale with honey notes, some of the spicy flavors usually associated with Belgian beers and a bitter, hoppy finish.

Dan Mahan, Beaver Liquors beer connoisseur, recommended the beer because it is one of the only Belgian offerings he really likes. He said part of the reason is the spice usually associated with this type of beer isn’t as strong and it is an interesting brewery, comprised of a husband and wife team ” Hildegard Van Ostaden brews the beer while her husband, Bas, does all the artwork, which really adds some character.

“While it seems different now, historically, only women were allowed to make beer,” Mahan said. For thousands of years only women were considered holy enough to make beer, which in many cultures was referred to as the drink of the gods, not a peasants drink. He said it makes sense, as women have a better sense of taste and smell.

This beer is 9 percent alcohol, lower than a lot of Belgians and comes in a wine bottle size, which makes it great to share.

Jessica Slosberg, Daily Staff Writer

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