Telluride, CO (June 25, 2016) -- On Friday, June 25th, at Allred’s Restaurant, Telluride Ski & Golf Resort released its own red wine, made in collaboration with Sutcliffe Vineyards, a local Colorado producer, for purchase exclusively in all of its on-hill and Mountain Village restaurants.
Sutcliffe Vineyards’ winemaker Joe Buckel worked with Telluride's Wine Director Andrew Shaffner and Allred's Restaurant Sommelier Katie Hall to customize the blend for the palates and appreciation of customers of Telluride Ski and Golf Resort. The wine, Telluride Red, is a blend of 53% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, grapes all grown in Colorado. It is a blend made in the tradition and style of the right bank of Bordeaux. The 2014 vintage wine spent 14 months in neutral French oak barrels, was blended in fall of 2015, and then spent an additional three months in barrel prior to its release.
“We are immensely proud of this wine,” said Shaffner. "We have been impressed with what has been going on at Sutcliffe the past few years and thought it would be fun to get a wine going with Joe and his team. It gives me and my team here at Telluride Ski & Golf the opportunity to be really involved with the winemaking process going forward and to offer a legitimate, delicious, local wine made by hand by local people. It's a point of pride that is rare in this business. We can pour this wine and tell the guests 'I made that!'"
“We are honored to be able to work with Telluride Ski & Golf to create a red blend sourced from Colorado grown grapes,” said Buckel. “We hope to collectively raise awareness of the increased quality of Colorado wine with partnerships like this.”
“We have chosen to reduce the number of clients to whom we sell our wine, because it’s clear it’s more satisfying to deal with clients who appreciate the value of beautifully crafted, local food and wine,” said John Sutcliffe, owner of Sutcliffe Vineyards. “Telluride Ski and Golf is our ideal type of client and partner, an organization driven to excellence, offering the highest quality products available.”
The Colorado wine industry, at 30 years, has yet to achieve the acclaim, or respectability of more established winemaking regions like Napa, Willamette or even Walla Walla. This partnership highlights the quality of winemaking that has been achieved in McElmo Canyon, Colorado. And it reflects the conviction of the leaders of hospitality in Colorado—in the capabilities of this particular wine producer.
Sutcliffe Vineyards has been recognized by Wine Enthusiast with three 90 point ratings on their wines, the first and only Colorado vineyard to receive such honors. Sutcliffe was also selected as one of Food and Wine’s Best 500 Producers in 2015.
Telluride Ski & Golf Resort has been recognized by Forbes Magazine, POWDER Magazine, Conde Naste Traveler and Ski Magazine and is recognized internationally for its upscale on-mountain Culinary Programs.
Allred’s Restaurant, the flagship of the Telluride culinary offerings, was listed on Wine Enthusiast’s Best Wine Restaurants in North America.