Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker
October 29, 2014 | Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker

Winter 2014 Wine Club Shipment

2014: A Grape Odyssey- How we learned to stop worrying and love the weather

Harvest 2014 is definitely one for the books! As we approach harvest each year, we are sure that we've encountered any situation that may present itself. Since we took over the business in 2010, we've had hot & dry seasons, cool & wet seasons, we've pressed wines in the 100 degree heat and the 40 degree cold, and harvest has lasted anywhere from six weeks to three months. We could go on, but you have probably picked up on the recurring theme here- the weather.

This year, we picked our whites in early September and then had our typical waiting period for the reds to ripen. However, due to a late spring period of cold and rain followed by a warm and dry summer, instead of picking the reds over a few weeks, we picked all of them in SIX days. Yes, we picked and crushed more than 40 tons of grapes in less than a week! Of course, once the grapes are crushed and put into tank, there is no time for rest: pump overs, punch downs, juice samples, pressing, and racking all must be done before any rest is to be had. Needless to say, it has been a very rewarding (and exhausting) month for us winemakers!

We had our first day off since August 30th this past weekend, just long enough to catch our breath and concentrate on choosing some exciting wines to send you this quarter. We are particularly excited about this shipment for two reasons. The first is that we are sending a special wine not usually offered in a wine club shipment- the unreleased 2013 Anemoi Apeliotes. The second is that you will be receiving the second-ever wine club-only wine, the 2013 Malbec, to date the first and only Malbec we have ever produced. To round out the shipment, you'll also be receiving the 2013 47-Ten Red. Check out the newsletter in your shipment for more information about each of these wines.

As always, please feel free to email us at wineclub@canyonwindcellars.comwith any questions, concerns, or ideas. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news, events, and Finley pictures!

Jay & Jennifer Christianson

Time Posted: Oct 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker
August 6, 2014 | Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker

Fall 2014 Wine Club Shipment

A New Oak(ed Chardonnay): These are the wines you're looking for...

It's hard to believe that summer is already starting to wind down- schools are back in session here in the Grand Valley, veraison is underway in the vineyard, and in preparation of harvest which will begin in a matter of weeks, we have spent most of the month of July racking, filtering, and bottling 11 new wines. 

Of these wines, three will be available only to wine club members- the 2013 Reserve Chardonnay, 2013 Malbec and 2013 Riverside Reserve. The others range from the newest vintage of Cab Franc to our largest production of Anemoi wines to date (633 cases) to the much anticipated release of only the second vintage of our reserve wine, IV. Part of what we love about winemaking is creating new and different wines. In the latest round of bottling, we bottled four wines that have never been under the Canyon Wind label and we look forward to creating even more this year (Late Harvest Syrah? Cab Sauv- The Unknown Clone?). Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates throughout harvest!

We are very excited to be featuring three of these new wines in the Fall 2014 shipment. In this shipment, you'll be receiving the first-ever wine club-only release, the 2013 Reserve Chardonnay, the just released 2013 Cabernet Franc, and the potentially best ever Cab produced by CWC, the unreleased 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Check out the newsletter in your shipment for more information about each of these wines.

As always, please feel free to email us at wineclub@canyonwindcellars.comwith any questions, concerns, or ideas. 

Jay & Jennifer Christianson

Time Posted: Aug 6, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker

Summer 2014 Wine Club Shipment

Live and Let Thrive- The Grape that Almost Wasn't

Relatively unknown to many wine drinkers, Petit Verdot may just be a winemaker's best kept secret. Primarily used in traditional Bordeaux blends, Petit Verdot translates to "little green one"; but don't let the name fool you, this grape packs a serious punch. Inky and dark, peppery and savory, big and bold are just a few of the descriptors commonly associated with Petit Verdot. Of the nine grapes that we grow, Petit Verdot is our favorite to make wine from as both a single varietal and in blends (in fact every blend we've produced since taking over the winemaking in 2007 has contained Petit Verdot- that's 14 different wines!). And it is only through a stroke of luck that we even have this grape in the vineyard- we'll tell you why in the newsletter. 

Apparently we aren't the only ones that think Petit Verdot makes a great wine. We are very pleased to announce that the 2012 Petit Verdot was recently awarded the 2014 Colorado Governor's Cup with a Best of Show/Best Red Wine designation. But don't let us make the decision for you, try the wine (which is included in this shipment) and let us know what you think at!

In this shipment, you'll be receiving the award-winning 2012 Petit Verdot, the easy-drinking 2012 47-Ten Red, and the refreshing 2013 Chardonnay. Check out the newsletter in your shipment for more detail about each of these wines and more about why we are so smitten with Petit Verdot.

As always, please feel free to email us at wineclub@canyonwindcellars.comwith any questions, concerns, or ideas. Click here to view the Wine Club email.

Jay & Jennifer Christianson

Time Posted: May 1, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker
March 14, 2014 | Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker

90 Pts for '09 Cab!

We've always thought that the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon was one of our best and the experts agree!  We just received the great news that the '09 Cab received 90 points and a 'Best Buy' designation from Wine & Spirits Magazine!

Check out the review here:

Time Posted: Mar 14, 2014 at 8:59 AM
Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker
February 26, 2014 | Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker

Spring 2014 Wine Club Shipment

The Wine (Club) Who Loved Me

It has officially been four years since we (Jay and Jennifer) took over ownership and complete winemaking responsibilities of Canyon Wind (wow, time flies!). In that time, we've have made a number of changes to the company and the wines- from an entirely new set of redesigned labels, to the incorporation of our very popular and furry winery mascot, to the creation of our own special project line, Anemoi. Another project that we took on during this time was to create some wines specifically for our wine club. Small lot projects, these wines gave us an opportunity to experiment with some different styles of wines and then share them with our most important and appreciated friends- you!

Over the next 12-18 months, we will be bottling these wine-club only and small lot wines (either available to wine club exclusively or before they are released to the public); and as wine club members, you can look forward to receiving these wines in upcoming shipments. The special projects currently aging include a Reserve Chardonnay (fermented and aged in new French and American oak barrels), our first-ever single clone Cabernet Sauvignon- Clone 4, a co-fermented blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and our first ever Malbec. As we have begun the planning for the 2014 harvest, we can tell you that there are more of these fun projects in the works!

The wines chosen for this shipment are the newest vintages of each and all have our new label (which is exciting because all of our wines now have the newest label!). You'll be receiving the 2013 47-Ten White, 2012 Merlot (unreleased), and the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (unreleased). Check out the newsletter in your shipment for more detail about each of these wines and the exciting new wines you can look forward to in upcoming shipments. As always, please feel free to email us at with any questions, concerns or ideas. 

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Taste The Terroir Wine Club, visit our sign-up page for information about each of the club options or email us at

Jay & Jennifer

Time Posted: Feb 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM
Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker
January 4, 2013 | Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker

Vino Colorado

Owner/Winemaker, Jay Christianson, gets some much-deserved recognition from his alma mater in Portraits: The Magazine of Saint Anselm College.

Time Posted: Jan 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM
Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker
September 8, 2012 | Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker

Breezes bring best vines possible

Check out this great article that featured Canyon Wind in the Grand Junction Sentinel on July 29, 2012- Breezes Bring Best Vines Possible.

Time Posted: Sep 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker
August 30, 2012 | Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker

CWC Wine Club- Fall 2012 Shipment

As we are sitting here running fruit samples for what may be the earliest harvest on record, we thought that it was only appropriate to discuss what it is about seasons, weather, and our terroir that makes Canyon Wind unique. (*Note- in between the time this was written and printing, we picked Pinot Gris- starting our harvest 14 days earlier than we ever have before!).

Terroir is the single largest factor that influences what we do in the winery, and has the greatest effect on our finished product.  Terroir is defined as “the geography, geology and climate of a certain place”, or more simply a region’s “sense of place”. Some of the many factors of terroir,  include: elevation, hours of sunlight in a day, orientation of the rows, wind, prevailing weather patterns, and the list goes on.  For us, wind is one of the most significant elements of our terroir.  This should be no surprise as we named ourselves after the wind from the canyon, not to mention our other winery Anemoi, which means “winds” in Greek. Wind is so important here because it keeps us a little cooler then other locations down valley, allowing to us hang our fruit longer and in turn produce more complex wines.  Our soils also keep our wines consistent; noticeably, we have a softer mouthfeel and more integrated structure. This is due to our sandy soil, which allows us to keep  control over our water and truly “make” the wine in the vineyard, instead of the winery.

Weather is, in many ways, the antithesis of terroir.  Where terroir is constant, and omnipresent at CWC, weather is fickle and ever changing.  As this shipment was created to demonstrate, we see seasonal variation within the wines, yet the constant effects of terroir.  2006 was a cool year and with the Cab Sauv you can see bright cassis and bold fruit flavors, both great examples of a cooler climate wine.  The 2009 Syrah is a wonderful example of an even colder year and how it can exaggerate the fruit and “jamminess” of a wine.  This Syrah is by no means a jam bomb or super concentrated in its fruit character, but that is because of our terroir- Syrah from our vineyard always has a minerally character.  Lastly we get to see our first glimpse at a red from 2011, the latest incarnation of the blended 47-Ten Red. Last season was a short year with a hot mid-summer and early fall, yielding a wine that is youthful and bold, yet still maintains its sense of place.

Hopefully this brief comparison of place vs. season helps you to gain some insight into the wines in this shipment.  If you have any thoughts on this, or questions, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email. As always, we welcome feedback on the wine and any comments or ideas that you might have. Also, check out one of the cool new features on our updated website which allows you login and review our wines online!

Jay & Jennifer Christianson (Grape Slaves) and
Finley (Vineyard Quality Control)

Time Posted: Aug 30, 2012 at 8:44 AM
Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker

CWC Wine Club- Summer 2012 Shipment

It is with high hopes for a great vintage that I write to you today. Last season at this time we were just looking at the start of bud break, this year I am typing this looking out of my office window at 10 inches of growth or more across the whole vineyard!  This super early spring puts us almost on track with 1997, our second vintage, and coincidentally one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon vintages to date. 

In celebration of this early spring (a nice change after last year’s 3-4 days of actual summer!), we have decided to release our entire library only to wine club members; and the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon is my top pick for drinking right now.  This wine is lush with delicate bright fruit and good structure, a true gem in the Christianson Family Library!  If you would like to see the library inventory, prices and tasting notes or have questions about your own library of wine, please shoot me an email at

Besides the fabulous Canyon Wind library offerings that are now yours to discover, the other reason that we are talking about library wine is that we are planning to construct a super special wine club room in our famous (or infamous) barrel cellar.  This cool (literally and figuratively) room will house our library wines, allow us to offer scheduled wine club private tastings of vintage wines, and most importantly have a place for you- where you can get a unique and memorable experience right here at Canyon Wind!   Looking for more info, want to taste some library wines, or looking to see if we have a special date open in the cellar room for you or your group? Stay tuned for the official completion date!

However, I digress, back to the upcoming harvest of 2012.  We are excited (and trying to catch up on sleep now!) to be making more wine this year than we have in living memory- upwards of 7,000 cases! In addition to making your favorite CWC varietals, we are also going to produce a few small high-end experimental lots under the Anemoi Label (Jennifer is planning sneaky things that even I don’t know about!); and we are also going to be producing the 2012 IV- the second in the IV series after the seminal 2007.  This large harvest also means that we want your help!  Have you ever wondered what it is like to spend all day shoulder deep in grapes?  Here is your chance!  If you have interest in helping out this harvest, let us put you on our list!

We hope that all of you are well and if at any time there is something that we can do for you, please let us know!  Most importantly, thanks for being a special part of Canyon Wind Cellars and Anemoi Wines.

Jay & Jennifer Christianson (Grape Slaves) and Finley (Vineyard Quality Control)

Time Posted: May 21, 2012 at 8:55 AM
Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker

Meet Owner, Jennifer Christianson

A relative “newbie” to the wine world, Owner/Winemaker for Anemoi Wines (and Assistant Winemaker for Canyon Wind Cellars), Jennifer Christianson is the brains behind the newest (and dare we say, coolest) brand in Colorado.

Recently, Jennifer spoke with Colorado Wine Press about her experiences in the exciting and tasty world of wine.  Click here to learn a little more about Colorado’s newest winemaker.


Time Posted: May 1, 2012 at 2:49 PM