Eppelation - wine tasting education with a splash


“A wine doesn’t have to be an important wine to move me — and drinking it doesn’t have to be an earth shattering kind of experience that shakes me to my shoes.”– Winemaker Steve Edmunds


Happy Halloween


Whether you're out trick or treating, hamming it up with some friends in costume, or answering the door and handing out candy, we hope you have a fun Halloween. If you fall into the latter category, it will help pass the time if you have a nice glass of wine in hand!  We've been posting some fun Halloween-themed wine labels on our Facebook page but if you missed them, see a quick list below for some inspiration.


In keeping with Halloween color theme, our new recipe is a Red Curry Butternut Soup with Seared Scallops.  One of our favorite things about Fall is butternut squash, done any which way, and this just happens to be one of them... 


Happy Halloween!



Mark & Karen Eppel

wine tasting classes

October class wrap-up

Our hola! rioja! class was delicious, and a red wine lover's treat! Argentina & Chile was also a great tasting - there really are some top-notch, great value wines coming out of South America and if you haven't dabbled too much in this region, we highly recommend them. Especially enjoyable in this class was Mark's demonstration on how (not) to open a bottle of sparkling wine - it's nice to know that even professionals have bubbly mishaps!


November classes


Monday 11/7, $45


Join us on a tasting tour of this incredible Italian region as we step it up a notch and  taste not only Piedmont's wonderful sparkling and white wines, but its world famous reds from Dolcetto and Barbera to high-end Barolo and Barbaresco. It's not every day you get to drink such great (and expensive), wines, so we'll do them justice with a wine-food pairing exercise, and a comparison tasting of the Nebbiolo masterpieces, Barolo and Barbaresco. There are only five seats left in this class. Register here!


For details on this and other tasting classes, please visit our website.


Holiday Wines: Due to scheduling issues we will be cancelling our Holiday Wines classes. However, we will give you plenty of tips for great holiday food & wine pairings in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!


mark your calendar

Check our news & events page for full details of upcoming wine-related events. To tantalize your taste buds here's a brief synopsis.


  • Saturday 10/29 - in-store tasting at Brix Wine & Spirits, Crossroads - Loveland
  • Monday 11/7 - Piedmont wine class
  • Thursday 11/3 - Spanish Wine Dinner at Vincent's Restaurant, Ft Collins
  • Friday 11/19- Hover Crossing Wine & Spirits in-store tasting
  • Monday 12/5 - Cabernet Comparison wine class
  • Monday 12/12 - Signature Wines wine class



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Halloween beverage suggestions

There are plenty of wines out there that have great labels for Halloween parties. Here are just a few. Feel free to offer other suggestions via email or post on our Facebook page!


  • Tikal Patriota
  • Tikal Amorio
  • Alias wines
  • Ghostly White
  • Bone Dry Red
  • Vampire Wines
  • PoiZin
  • Antidote
  • Sinister Hand
  • Toad Hollow Eye of the Toad
  • Leelanau Witches Brew
  • Velvet Devil Merlot
  • Twisted Oak River of Skull Mourvèdre
  • NV Big Red Monster
  • Domaine de L'Engarran Vin de Pays
  • Michael-David Vineyards Incognito
  • Ghost Block wines
  • Pumpkin wine (if anyone has tried and liked any, let us know...)



Some less obvious selections to keep the guests guessing....

For a wine geek twist, serve anything from Bordeaux's Graves appellation! Or, try Niebaum-Coppola Rosso, from the winery of Francis Ford Coppola, the filmmaker of Dracula.


For hard liquor, try Vampyre Red Vodka, Blavod Original Black Vodka, Voo Doo Spiced Rum, Crystal Head Vodka


Beer lovers we won't leave you out- Rogue's Dead Guy, Moorhoueses' Pendle Witches Brew, Wychwood's WychCraft, Reaper Deathly Pale Ale


web updates

wine & food page Visit our wine & food page for one of our favorite fall recipes, Red Curry Butternut Squash Soup with Seared Scallops, paired with Riesling.


fun facts & wine terminology - What's our new fun wine fact and new wine term? Visit our homepage to find out. Feel free to email us requests.


wine quiz

Test your wine making knowledge with this quiz.  Click here for the answers.


  1. What is the compound in red wines that "sucks your cheeks in" and creates a drying effect?
  2. What French word describes a blend of different wines?
  3. What is the pulp of fermenting grapes referred to as?
  4. What organism converts sugar in the grapes into ethanol (alcohol)?
  5. What gas is a by-product of fermentation (conversion of sugar into alcohol)?


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