Tired of White Claw? Try these sparkling Colorado drinks instead


Sauvage Spectrum canned piquette. Photo by Patricia Kaowthumrong

Eat and drink

Sauvage Spectrum’s new picket fence made from palisade and Cold Vine wine seltzers from Carboy Winery are the fun sippers to bring to all your fall gatherings.


While it’s old news that grapes grown in Colorado are doing exemplary sparkling wine, local wineries are stepping up the stakes by entering the canned sparkling beverage arena. Last week, based on Palisade Wild Specter launched the first Colorado-made piquette – a low AVB sparkling drink – and Denver’s Bonbonne vineyard released a series of Seltzer Cold Vines at the end of July. Here’s why you should add both to your shopping list.

Wild Spectrum Piquette

The production of a picket is in the mind of the winemaker and co-owner of Sauvage Spectrum, Patric Matysiewski since 2019, even before he founded the cellar with the winemaker Kaibab Sauvage in March 2020. If you are not familiar, a piquette is a carbonated drink made with pressing of grapes or the remains of skins from traditional winemaking. The drink, which was often consumed by winegrowers in the past, dates back to antiquity. roman period. “I’ve seen the product pop up at the coolest wineries I’ve been on the east and west coasts, and I was inspired to try it, ” Matysiewski says. “In addition, the fact that we recycle the grapes from our estate adds to our history of sustainability”,

Sauvage Spectrum specializes in the experimental production of natural sparkling wines and easy-to-drink reds and whites with rare grape varieties from the Grande Vallée. And to make its piquette, the estate soaks the leftovers from the pressing of these wines (which are usually discarded) in charcoal-filtered water for up to 48 hours. The pulp is pressed into stainless steel vats, where the solution spontaneously ferments (mixes with natural strains of yeast and bacteria to produce the most vibrant fruity flavors) before being mixed with a small amount of Sauvage Spectrum’s Pink. The result is a low-sugar sparkling liquid bursting with flavors of juicy cantaloupe, iced tea and tangy lemon. And at just 5.7% BAC, the party-ready, sulfite-free drink is less likely to leave you hungover than your prosecco or your average 12% BAC. Pink.

“We produce a very low sugar solution filled with interesting flavors such as cantaloupe, iced tea and lemonade,” says Matysiewski. “We also apply this process to each white grape that we bring to our cellar. Therefore, the blend of grapes we use includes Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Vineyards, Muscat, Roussanne and Aromella. After throwing away the skins, we compost them and reintegrate them as mulch in the vineyard.

Grand Valley artist Raleigh Carlton designed the playful canned piquette label, which pays homage to the spectacular mesas and cliffs of Palisade; the magnificent sunrises and sunsets of the region; the 1980s era; and the electronic music movement Vaporwave.

Find the Sauvage Spectrum picket as well as its Roussanne 2020, Petit Verdot 2019 and Sparklet PinkTo select bottle stores across the state, or order cans online (when it is back in stock). If your favorite liquor vendor isn’t wearing it, says Matysiewski, email the cellar and they’ll try to get it off a store shelf near you.

Cold vines from Carboy Winery

Cold Vines seltzer. Photo courtesy of Carboy Winery

Bonbonne vineyard, with outposts in Littleton, Denver’s Capitol Hill, Breckenridge and Palisade, is no stranger to sparkling wine making. In fact, the company even added a bubble barn to its Denver location, a 1900s stable equipped with two Charmat vats dedicated to the production of sparkling wine wines. It also expanded the program to Palisade, which is home to a winery, vineyard and production facility that opened this month.

The liberation of Cold vines wine seltzers, which are produced with aromella, vineyards and other cold-hardy grapes harvested from Grand Valley vineyards, align with Carboy’s commitment to sparkling products, which Kevin Webber , CEO of the brand, believes it is the future of Centennial State wine.

“One of the things Colorado has always struggled with is not really having a variety identity,” he says. “A lot of the varietals we grow and work with here in Colorado lend themselves to making great sparkling wines, and we believe that’s the future of Colorado. This is why we have invested so much in our Charmat programs in Denver and Palisade. We also paid close attention to what was going on in the Seltzer category and saw an opportunity to use some of those same varieties to innovate in this space and make our new premium Seltzer wine.

With an alcohol content of 5%, Cold Vines is available in flavors of watermelon, black cherry, lemon and peach. The drinks are free of refined sugars and slightly carbonated, resulting in a refreshing and convivial concoction for the day with the qualities of a high quality white wine and not too sweet alcoholic seltzer.

Order boxes of Cold Vines in line or collect them in one of the The four Carboy locations; also look for bottles of sparkling wine from the cellar Rosé La La La, 2020 Rosé de Tempranillo and 2019 Teroldego.

Want more wine?

Both wineries offer affordable wine clubs; Wild Specter memberships cost from $ 51 to $ 192 (three to 12 bottles shipped per quarter), while Bonbonne vineyard‘s are $ 65 to $ 239 (three to six bottles shipped quarterly). Other perks include discounts on additional bottles, exclusive outings, free tastings / glasses of wine, and more.

Patricia kaowthumrong

Patricia kaowthumrong

Patricia joined the 5280 staff in July 2019 and is delighted to oversee all restaurant coverage for 5280 Magazine. Follow her culinary reporting adventures on Instagram @whatispattyeating.

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