Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker
November 3, 2011 | Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker

CWC Wine Club - Winter 2011 Shipment

We all know that you don’t need a reason to enjoy a special glass of wine (for example- “It’s Thursday and my email inbox is down to a manageable number” or “I finally found time to fold that pile of laundry” work for us); however, it just so happens here at Canyon Wind that we have a number of legitimate reasons to pop the cork on that special bottle (or case!).  2011 is the 20th anniversary of the planting of our vineyard and the 15th anniversary of our first crush- and we are planning to celebrate with you and the three wines that helped us get it all started!

Think back twenty years ago to 1991, a time when Whitney Houston and Nirvana ruled the airwaves; Arnold was the good Terminator and those two crazy ladies, Thelma & Louise, took us for quite the ride; Microsoft was releasing the latest and greatest version of MS DOS- 5.0; and current owners, Jay and Jennifer Christianson, were in grade school and high school, respectively. Recently retired from a career traveling the world as a geologist, Norman Christianson, along with his wife, Ellen, were looking for a way to relax and enjoy some free time- instead, they purchased a 50 acre plot of land on the eastern end of Palisade, created Christianson Vineyards and with the direction of viticulturist Rich Thomas, planted the first vines in what was to be known as the Riverside Vineyard.

Let’s jump ahead a few years to 1996 and fondly remember when gas averaged just $1.22 per gallon, Will Smith had left Bel Air and helped us save the world from alien invasion; and Ebay, MSNBC and the clones of Dolly the Sheep were created (maybe we’re loving this little trip back into 90′s pop culture a little more than we should…we (specifically Jennifer) could go on and on and on). Upon realizing that the fruit was some of the finest in the Grand Valley, Norman and Ellen with the expert guidance of renowned Napa Winemaker, Robert Pepi, created Canyon Wind Cellars and our first wines were crushed- 1996 Chardonnay, 1996 Merlot and 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon.

In celebration of these two exciting milestones and in honor of our founders, we are sending you a 15th anniversary horizontal of those first three wines.  In this shipment, you’ll be receiving the lush and creamy 2009 Chardonnay, the cherry and blackberry inspired 2009 Merlot and our signature varietal and Bordeaux classic, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon.  We hope that you enjoy these wines whether you decide to raise a glass to Canyon Wind now or if you wait and help us celebrate our next big milestone.  We thank you so much for allowing us to continue to do what we love, which is making wine for others to enjoy!

Happy Holidays and Cheers from the Christianson Family!



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