Grand Valley wineries prove mettle

A group of  Palisade wineries operating under one brand won 21 medals, the second most of any entrant, at the Denver International Wine Competition.

Talon Wine Brands won 10 gold medals, five silver medals and six bronze medals at the competition, which featured a total of 800 wines from 13 countries. Talon Wine Brands includes Talon Winery, St. Kathryn Cellars and Meadery of the Rockies.

Glenn Foster, owner and head winemaker at Talon Wine Brands, said he was thrilled with the results, especially gold medals for 2011 Talon Chardonnay and  Viognier in a category for wines that sell for $15 or less a bottle. “It says these wines are outstanding and a good value in that price range,” Foster said.

Talon Wine Brands also won gold medals for its 2011 Talon Rosato; St. Kathryn Cellars Golden Pear, Strawberry Rhubarb, Blueberry Bliss and Sweet Scarlet wines; and Meadery of the Rockies King Arthur, Lancelot and Cherries ’n’ Honey honey wines.

The silver medal winners were the St. Kathryn Apple Blossom, Lavender and Cranberry Kiss wines and Meadery of the Rockies Guinevere and Peaches ’n’ Honey products.

The bronze medal winners were the Talon Winery 2009 Wingspan White and 2009 Aquila Dessert, St. Kathryn Cellars Pinot Grigio and Meadery of the Rockies Strawberries ’n’ Honey. St. Kathryn Cellars also won a bronze medal for its wine label series.

Four other Colorado wineries also won medals at the Denver International Wine Competition, including the Graystone Winery in Clifton and Grand River Vineyards in Palisade.

Counting the results of the Denver International Wine Competition, Talon Wine Brands has won a total of 70 medals this year.

Talon Wine Brands employs 20 people and ships wine to 19 states. The Talon Winery and St. Kathryn Cellars are located in the same building at 785 Elberta Ave. Meadery of the Rockies is located at 3701 G Road. Both locations are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, visit the websites at and