Eppelation - wine tasting education with a splash


Wine, one sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise and taste.
~ John Milton



valentine's day special


Register for any three classes through February 14 and receive a $15 Eppelation gift certificate! What the heck, we'll run this special through February! Details here.




wines for romance

If you're looking for a fun twist on Valentine's Day wines, try these - be warned, it's a little cheesy, but they are are actually great wines!


….Darling, you've already stolen "mon couer"….  Cotes du Rhone "Mon Couer" by J.L. Chave, one of the masters of French winemaking, as featured with our latest wine & food pairing.



So what do you say we get "intimo"?? Try Humberto Canale's "Intimo" Cabernet Sauvignon from Patagonia in Argentina for that intimate Valentine's dinner.


Nudge nudge, wink wink…"Let's finish tonight with the "Leitz Out" baby!"  The 2010 Leitz "Leitz Out" Reisling is a perfect Valentine's day wine to share with your sweetie!






reserve tasting at Wine Fest 2012: $50


Heads up to anyone interested in an outrageously fabulous Reserve Wine Tasting as part of the Fort Collins 2012 Wine Fest on March 23rd. Only 20 seats available. Proceeds go to Wine Fest, supporting Disabled Resource Services.


Mark is hosting a tasting of 10-12 exceptional wines, donated by local collectors and retailers, and Wine Fest is bringing this tasting to you at the very inexpensive price of $50/person (seriously, it's worth at least twice that!).


The line up of wines is astonishing, so we wanted to give our Eppelation patrons the scoop so you can book your seat! Tix available online here. This is a separate ticket from the Wine Fest grand tasting. Check the Wine Fest website soon for details of wines or "like" Wine Fest on Facebook for the lastest information.


facebook features


We'll be including a "varietal feature" for the next couple of months on our Facebook page - tune in to learn more about different grapes, viticulture, and wine reviews.



wine tasting classes 2012

Join us for a tasting class this year. We're focusing on wine & food pairings, comparison tastings, and some interactive classes. Visit our class schedule page for details.


Date changes: The Bordeaux Blending class (3/26) has been cancelled due to a schedule conflict but we'll try and include it later in the year. Rhone gone Rogue has been moved from 4/30 to 6/25.


27 February: vin & fromage: french wine & cheese pairing


We're delving into French wine & cheese pairings in our first tasting for 2012. This opens up a wonderful world of cheese and wine, and we hope you enjoy. This class is selling fast, so register soon if you love cheese and wine!


name that newsletter!

Help us name our e-newsletter. We're looking for a catchy name and need your help! Send your suggestions to eppelation@yahoo.com. The person with the winning suggestion receives an Eppelation gift certificate.


wine quiz

We've been talking about Cabernet Sauvignon on our Facebook page. Cabernet is one of the classic Bordeaux grapes, so this quiz is a homage to Bordeaux. Click here for the answers.


  1. What are the five "noble" red wine grapes of Bordeaux?
  2. What is the oldest wine region in Bordeaux?
  3. What is the largest appellation in Médoc, France?
  4. The wines of Saint-Emilion are predominantly made from which two varietals?
  5. Which three white varietals usually make up Bordeaux Blanc blends?


wine events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming CO wine events. Check our news & events page for more listings.


Copper Uncorked

Copper Mountain (Feb 10-12)


Fort Collins Wine Fest

Fort Collins (Mar 23)


wine & food pairing

Grub's up! Visit our revamped wine & food page for some great recipes with wine pairing suggestions. For a delicious Valentine's Day dinner we have smoked paprika lamb shanks, paired with the appropriately named Cotes du Rhone "Mon Couer" by french winemaking guru, Jean-Lois Chave.


wine terminology: clone


We're not talking about Star Wars here - this is grape vine talk! A clone is a plant produced by grafting or cutting, so it retains the identical genetic characteristics of the host. Each grape variety has many different sub varieties, or clones. There are dozens of clones of Pinot Noir or Cabernet for example, each exhibiting specific characteristic aromas or flavors, or resistance to disease, or preference for soil type.


wine fact

The average age of a French oak tree harvested for use in wine barrels is 170 years!


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