Wineries buy fruit all the time. However, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey is the only one I know of that buys grapes from a prison.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but does an aluminum can always signal a low brow beverage? Less than ten years ago, canned beers were limited to low-flavor, mass-produced macrobrews. A small craft brewer decided to change that stigma.
Most wine tasting room visits tend to be similar; people lined up at a bar sampling the current releases. Occasionally wineries offer a barrel tasting experience, where a tour guide (or if you’re lucky the winemaker) will use an oversized pipette, commonly referred to as a “wine thief,” to extract samples of wine from barrels. This allows the taster to observe how the unfinished wine is evolving before it is bottled. While opportunities like this are rare at most wineries, one producer in Boulder, Colorado goes a step further.
When most people imagine visiting a winery certain things come to mind. Sunlight shimmering off rolling green hills covered in row after row of grape vines. Tastings of newly released handcrafted wines. Guided tours through rooms filled with rows of pristine barrels.
Passing through a guarded gate, my wife and I, on an anniversary trip to Spain, entered the bucolic 1000-hectare estate of the storied Vega Sicilia. This Bordeaux-style winery, founded in 1864, originally was a small village inhabited by the wineries’ employees and connected by rail to Valladolid, 40 kilometers to the west.