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Carlson Vineyards

Carlson Vineyards At Carlson Vineyards, wine is not treated as the nectar of snobs. All it takes is one step into the cozy Carlson winery to know that Parker and Mary Carlson truly enjoy wine, and are putting their hearts, skill, and wit into making sure you do too. The Carlsons’ winery is a favorite stop for both locals and visitors, because it’s as fun and unpretentious as its wines Visitors feel so at home, they often pause to enjoy the aroma of the lilacs in the Carlsons’ front yard, or sip wine and picnic in a backyard bordered with flower-beds full of towering hollyhocks and a shady, ancient apricot tree. Many also take snapshots of the Carlsons’ giant green wine bottle wreath made by neighboring artist, Lyle Nichols. One or both of the Carlsons are usually on hand to pour tastes in the tasting room and to chat. Just ask, and they’ll take you in the back into the winery to show you the winemaking process. They’ll give you advice on what to have with Carlson wines, they’ll give you tips on cooking with Carlson wines, and most certainly, they’ll turn you into a believer that wine is fun.

From Denver and Points East; Grand Junction and Points West, Via 1-70. Get off at Exit 44 (Palisade) and proceed on US 6. Turn left on 38 Road at East Orchard Mesa sign. Proceed approximately 5.5 miles, following the yellow line. Carlson Vineyards is on the right at 461 35 Road. From Grand Junction and points west via I-70 B (US 6): Follow I-70 B (US 6) to 32 Road. Turn right at the traffic light onto 32 Road. Proceed south on 32 Road and turn left onto C-1/2 Road, the first left after crossing the river. Proceed approximately 4.5 miles, following the yellow line. Carlson Vineyards is on the left at 461 35 Road. From Delta, Montrose, Orchard Mesa, and Downtown Grand Junction via US 50: Take US 50 to the 32 Road exit (Colorado 141). Proceed north to C-1/2 Road and turn right. Proceed approximately 4.5 miles, following the yellow line. Carlson Vineyards is on the left at 461 35 Road.

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This semi-sweet apricot wine is made from 100% Colorado grown apricots. Serve with cheese, fresh fruit salads, chicken salads or by itself. Serve chilled.
100% Colorado Grown Montmorency Pie Cherries make this sweet-tart wine like cherry pie without the crust. This perennial favorite goes with smoked meats, smoked oysters, glazed ham, rich chocolate desserts or by itself with good friends.
  Cougar Run Chardonnay
This Carlson Colorado Grown 2002 Chardonnay is off dry, fruity, medium bodied with NO OAK aging. The nose is pear, green apple, lemon and honey. The "no oak" aging allows the fruitiness of the Chardonnay grape to come through.Good with pork, chicken, fish, rich creamy sauces, soft-ripened, mild cheeses and fruit. Serve slightly chilled.
  Cougar Run Fat Cat Muscat
Made from Colorado grown Orange Muscat grapes, Fat Cat Muscat is a sweet dessert wine with aromas and flavors of orange blossoms, jasmine, apricots, roses, honey and spice. Serve slightly chilled, with or without dessert. Absolutely wonderful with Bleu cheeses, Marzipan, pear tarts, cheesecake and Almond Biscotti.
  Cougar Run Merlot
Our 2001 Cougar Run Merlot is a dry medium-bodied, full flavored Merlot with overtones of berries, chocolate, vanilla and spice. Good with roast pork loin, beef and lamb stews, French Onion soup, and aged cheddar.
  Cougar Run Merlot/Cabernet
A red blend of Colorado grown Merlot (81%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (19%) grapes. This medium-bodied red wine has overtones of cherry, strawberry, herbs, tobacco and earth. Enjoy with foods such as beef, lamb, game, beans or cheese. Be adventurous - experiment!
  Cougar Run Merlot/Shiraz
Carlson Vineyards 2000 Cougar Run Merlot/Shiraz is a dry full flavored red wine made of a blend of Colorado grown Merlot (80%) and Shiraz (20%) grapes. This Merlot/Shiraz has aromas of strawberry jam, blackberry, anise, and light smoke. The flavors are reminiscent of berries, black licorice and vanilla, with a firm mouth feel, full tannins and great finish. Good with red meats, rich fish, tomato based pasta dishes and hearty cheeses. Serve at cool room temperature.
  Cougar Run Shiraz
Carlson Vineyards’ Cougar Run Shiraz is a medium-bodied red wine with overtures of plum, raspberries, cherry, blueberries, and coffee. Enjoy Carlson Vineyards’ Cougar Run Shiraz with lamb, game meats, beef, gouda and hard cheeses. Be adventurous - experiment! Serve cool room temperature.
Carlson Vineyards 2003 Gewurztraminer is well balanced, semi sweet wine produced from Colorado Grown Gewurztraminer grapes. The aroma is lime candy, spice and rose. The taste is tropical fruit, honey, and oriental spice. Great with smoked salmon, bratwurst, spice cake and the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Good by itself, before or with dinner and good friends. Serve chilled.
  Laughing Cat Red Wine
Carlson Vineyards' Laughing Cat Red is a mellow red blend of 100% Colorado grown grapes. Laughing Cat Red has aromas and flavors of plums, cherries and strawberries. This easy drinking red should be tried with pork, red meats, cheese and pasta. Serve cool room temperature.
  Laughing Cat Riesling
A fruity Riesling produced from 100% Colorado Grown Riesling grapes with the taste of apple, apricot, and pear. Semi-sweet, with a balance of tartness and fruity floral aromas. It is a pleasant before dinner wine, and good with light dishes such as melon, prosciutto, baked ham, chicken, trout, "Swiss" type cheeses and fresh fruit. Serve Chilled
  Laughing Cat Sweet Baby Red
Carlson Vineyards' Laughing Cat Sweet Baby Red is a semi-sweet red blend which is primarily Merlot. This red wine is medium-bodied with aromas of raspberries and other berries. Try with pork, chicken, glazed ham, chocolate raspberry desserts and brownies. Serve slightly chilled.
This favorite Peach wine is made from 100% famous Palisade grown, mouth-watering, chin-dripping peaches. This semi-sweet wine is a good accompaniment with many foods including Oriental chicken salads, duck, fruit salads, Brick and Havarti cheeses, or by itself.
  Pearadactyl (Pear-Apple)
The original member of the Carlson Vineyards mythical dinosaur series is a blend of 100% Colorado Grown Pears and Apples. Slightly sweet and tart, Pearadactyl goes with most light foods, salads and cheeses. A great summer wine.
This 100% Colorado Grown Plum wine has a good semi-sweet, flowery, spicy fruit flavor. Good with Oriental foods, barbequed meats, or by itself. Serve chilled. Not as sweet as traditional Oriental plum wine.
  Prairie Dog Blush
This favorite, fruity, slightly sweet blush wine is made of a blend of 100% Colorado Grown Riesling, Seyval, Muscat, Chardonel, and Merlot grapes. It is easy to enjoy by itself or accompanying fowl, fish, or cheese, and is best served chilled. More flavorful than White Zinfandel. Prairie Dog Blush is the largest selling Colorado Grown Blush Wine.
  Sunny Dale White
Carlson Vineyards Sunny Dale White is a tribute to the convoluted mind of one of our talented artists, Lyle Nichols. It is an aromatic, fruity and semi-sweet wine produced from 100% Colorado grown Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Orange Muscat and Seyval grapes. It is great served chilled, by itself, or with chicken, turkey, cheese, fruit and best of all, with good friends.
  T-Red (Lemberger)
Tyrannosaurus Red (or T-Red) is crafted from 100% Colorado-grown Lemberger grapes, a German grape that thrives in our Rocky Mountain vineyards. It is a dry, medium-bodied red wine that is slightly oaked. T-Red is named after the discovery of dinosaur bones in the early 1900s in the Grand Valley. Years later, the massive T-Rex skeleton on display at the Chicago Field Museum made a big impression on a young Parker Carlson...


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