Currently at Catriona Cellars
A Vine Validation
One of the questions we get most often is “Where do you get your grapes?” The simple answer is that we get most of our grapes and wine from Lodi, California. Most people just seem to nod knowingly as if to say, well, yes, California is known for its grapes and wine. Now, based on at least one wine industry publication, it would seem that Woody really knows how to “pick ’em,” so to speak. In a recent edition of their online magazine, Wine Enthusiast has declared Lodi, California as the “Wine Region of the Year.” Located near the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, 100 miles east of the San Francisco Bay, Lodi is home to 85 wineries and more than 100 varieties of grapes are grown there. The article lauds the region for its innovation and sustainability efforts, noting that it has attracted “Star winemakers from outside Lodi.” Read the entire article by clicking on the link above…and don’t forget to compliment Woody on his taste!
Oh Happy Days
You can’t let a little wintry weather get you down. Catriona Cellars introduces Happy Hours, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. every day, Tuesday through Saturday. A glass of wine for $5 or $5 off any bottle of wine. Dine in only. Drive safely when it snows, stop in and lose those blizzard blues!
Cash in on Case Deals!
It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping! Buy a case of Catriona wines now (mix and match or a dozen of the same) and you’ll get a 25% discount. This offer is good through December 31, 2015!
You Crush 2 1/2 Tons & What Do You Get?
To lift and adapt an old Tennessee Ernie Ford tune, you get something nice, sweet and wet. Thursday, October came in with warmth and enough sunshine to make for a great day of crushing and pressing grapes. Along with some of our home wine making cohorts we crushed 5,000 pounds of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. Those in the foreground were crushing, while out in the yard, others were pressing their already crushed grapes into juice. What do you get? Some great wine down the road! Many thanks to the volunteers who pitched in to make the day run as smoothly as it did. We hope you all had as much fun as we at Catriona Cellars did. While we were crushing and pressing, Executive Chef Jonny Randazzo was roasting some great looking peppers, with their tantalizing aroma adding to the festive atmosphere of the day.
I’ve Got a Crush on You
It’s certainly not unusual to find a winemaker infatuated with grapes but so far the 2015 harvest delivered to Catriona Cellars has been just bunches of love. “We’re just thrilled,” said award-winning winemaker Woody Woodworth. “The Lodi (Calif.) fruit is remarkable. It usually doesn’t come so well balanced.”
Peering through his refractometer, Woody pronounced the brix of the grapes “very good, comfortable for the reds, a little high for the white grapes but we adjusted that through amelioration.” Woody said the pH of the grapes is “spot on. This is going to be one of the better wine years in decades.” All of which means more goodness coming your way, loyal fans of Catriona Cellars. Book a reservation for our Harvest Dinner coming up on Wednesday, September 30 and you’ll get to hear, directly from Woody, what some of the plans are for blending these great grapes.
What You Missed
Egg Plant Parmesan was the entree in a four-course meal for Dinner with the Winemaker on August 26. Guests enjoyed a different wine sample paired with each course while also digesting Woody’s words on winemaking and our plans for new wines and events in the future. If you missed this extraordinary dinner, don’t worry, Catherine and Woody have been cooking up new ideas for the staff to cook up in the kitchen and special, themed dinners like this are going to be a regular monthly feature at Catriona Cellars. However, you don’t have to wait for the calendar to roll around in order to have a special, memorable evening at Catriona. Our “Chef’s Table” in our unique Cellar Room is becoming increasingly popular. Book it for your party of 8-10 people and enjoy a relaxing, leisurely, 5-course meal as the room will be yours for the afternoon or evening. Contact Catherine at 719-481-3477 to make your reservation.
As the air turns a little crisper, kids head back to school and our thoughts turn to the fall season we think of “The Crush.” This year Catriona Cellars will be taking delivery of some 16,000 pounds of grapes from Lodi, California, the first shipment likely to arrive in a couple of weeks. Keep checking in here and on our social media sites for updates on what types of grapes are coming in and what our plans are for them. One thing you can be sure of, those plans will result in more delicious wines from Catriona Cellars.
A Grape Event!
Just as the tendrils of a grapevine can seemingly wind on infinitely, Catriona Cellars extended it’s community involvement reach all the way out to Woodland Park on Saturday, August 1. The annual Vino & Notes festival drew 1,400 people and will likely result in a donation of more than $15,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Teller County. That in itself warms our hearts but we were also cheered by all of the great people we met. Some had already wined and dined with us in Monument but many others learned about us for the first time. We look forward to seeing them soon on our patio and in the restaurant. The stunning north ridge of Pikes Peak makes a wonderful backdrop to this annual fundraising event. View more pictures here.
Growing the Business
Now this was really dining al fresco! On Sunday, July 26 Catriona Cellars was pleased to be a part of Colorado Collective’s dinner series entitled The Collective Plate, celebrating farm and food. Woody & Catherine (seated far left) enjoyed a night out away from the winery while still promoting our wines. Catriona contributed five different wines, paired with the exceptional cuisine from the 2 South Food and Wine Bar of Old Colorado City. The dinner was held on the beautiful grounds of Corner Post Meats, off of Hodgen Road in Black Forest.
Boy did we meet a lot of great people during our second appearance at the Castle Rock Winfest, Saturday July 18. Many thanks to all of our friends and family members who helped us pour wine and spread the good word about Catriona Cellars. Not surprisingly Sassy Lassy was a big hit but fest-goers enjoyed all six wines that we presented for tasting. We’ll be on the road again in less than two weeks at Vino & Notes in Woodland Park on Saturday, August 1 from 12 Noon until 6 p.m. This is another fun event full of wine, food and music. We’ll see you there!
Keeping it Fresh!
Mrs. Green Thumb was at it again. Having dressed up our patio with a profusion of bright, colored flowers, Catherine turned her attention to our new herb and vegetable garden. The frames for these two beds, expertly constructed by master carpenter and award-winning winemaker Woody Woodworth. First to find a home here, tomatillos and beets. Keep watching for more additions, all of which will eventually find their way to our kitchen where our crack culinary crew will present these fresh ingredients on one of your plates.
Our Latest Blend
A delicious blend of three red wines now aging in a barrel made of Italian Chestnut. Limited Edition (this barrel holds about 28 gallons), Barrel Select blends such as this, once bottled, will be available to members of our Cellar Club.
Many thanks to the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce for helping us celebrate our one-year anniversary and recent entry to the Chamber. We’re proud to be part of such a vibrant group of business owners. Well over 50 people came out to help us celebrate on a beautiful spring evening that included a toast to our White Cabernet, Rozenn.
Woody Expounds on Wine Blending
June will prove to be a memorable month at Catriona Cellars. On Tuesday, the 2nd we hosted 25 members from the local chapter of the American WIne Society for a special tasting event and discussion with award-winning winemaker Woody Woodworth. Guests enjoyed a light buffet, a tour of our facilities and wine tastings, including an impromptu blend of Carmenere, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Jim Moore Award
Monday, June 1, the Town of Monument and the Historic Monument Merchants Association honored Catherine and Woody Woodworth with the Jim Moore Award. The honor is bestowed for preserving and enhancing our downtown area and recognizes the Woodworth’s transformative renovation of the buildings that house our winery, cafe and home brew/gift shop. If you’ve seen our facilities both before and after this transformation we think you’d agree there’s a big difference in their appearance.
Introducing the “Cellar Club”
In our never-ending quest to keep it fun and entertaining, Catriona Cellars invites you to becomea member of our Cellar Club, a great new way for you to enjoy our wines and share in the excitement that makes Catriona Cellars such a special place. We’ll be offering club members:
- Direct savings on wine
- Early notification of upcoming events
- Early notification of wine releases
- Information on winery activities and changes in our cafe menu