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Alcohol at altitude; Wine and mead in Colorado

by Heather May Koski, Boulder Weekly

Colorado is a state with an abundance of recreational activities, mountains, snow and ... wine? Despite unforeseen snowstorms, tornado-like wind and temperatures varying from below zero to off the thermometer, Colorado hosts a bounty of sheltered microclimates and river valleys that are key to growing wine grapes. The Grand Valley of the Colorado River near Grand Junction and the West Elk Mountains along the Gunnison River near Paonia are home to nearly all of Colorado's vineyards. Ranging in elevation from 4,000 to 7,000 feet, Colorado's vineyards are among the highest in the world - South American vineyards in Argentina and Bolivia are only slightly higher.

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