WHEN WE'RE OPEN
Friday, Dec. 23, 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 31. noon to 5 p.m.
Every second and fourth Saturday in
January and February, noon to 5
We're a family owned vineyard and boutique winery with lots of grapes to grow and crush and press.
So we hope you'll forgive us that we open only on Saturdays. Come join the fun. We'll be tasting at least a dozen wines, dry to sweet, and you can browse the shop while you're doing it.
At the Le Fuselier Winery, tasting is always free and always fun.
We do 30 to 40 wines a year and we work hard to control our prices. We see ourselves as the Village Winery and strive to maintain price points attractive to our local customers.
Here's a sample of our wines:
2012 CABERNET FRANC
2007 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
8-YEAR-OLD ELEGANCE $15.95
Because we're a small, boutique winery we don't have to have the same economies of scale as the big guys. So we can keep a wine in its French Oak barrels for years. This is a smooth, mellow cab with the tawny color of a fine old Bordeaux.
GREAT VINTAGE SUITABLE FOR AGING $14.95
These grapes were hand sorted into the crusher and fermented in small containers, then aged in oak barrels.
2008 OLD WORLD BLEND ZINFANDEL, CABERNET SAUVIGNON & SYRAH $13.95
One of our most requested wines. Delightfully different with a hint of effervescence, it’s lighter and less imposing.
2009 PINOT NOIR
SMELLS LIKE ROSE PETALS $15.95 A Steve Rhodes Memorial Wine.
AN EASY DRINKING RED WINE $15.95
2014 TOM'S NORTON
OUR SIGNATURE WINE $15.95
2014 CAYUGA WHITE
OUR BEST SELLING SEMI-SWEET WINE $9.95
We love growing the Cayuga grape and this is why. It's not to sweet for dry wine drinkers. It's not to dry for sweet wine drinkers. The perfect gift wine, locally grown and locally aged.
2014 APPLE CRISP
WE BET YOU'VE NEVER HAD AN APPLE LIKE THIS $11.95
Fresh from local orchards, pressed ice cold in the state prison's underground Apple Shed, this snappy wine sells itself.
OPEN FRIDAY 4-7 PM
The winery will be closed this Saturday, Christmas Eve, but will be open Friday evening for last minute Christmas purchases.
We will open 4-7 p.m. with a very limited tasting menu…. like maybe four wines good for Christmas dinner. Everyone has the holiday off so David will be alone in the shop. Please be kind.
We will open our 2016 vintage of Escaped Riesling along with our old favorite, Cayuga White.
The Riesling is made from grapes grown at the prison vineyard and this year’s harvest was remarkable. While their vineyard is only a couple miles from ours, the grapes are smaller and sweeter and significantly different in flavor. This is common for Riesling, which more than any other vine is heavily influenced by its growing environment. In fact, grapes from end of the row can taste different than those from the other end. While prison escapes are generally not a good thing, we were happy to carry out two tons of these fine berries.
The Cayuga White is from our own vineyard and was carefully handled throughout the process. Hard squeezing releases too many hybrid odors and off-colors into the juice. We’ve learned to take just the first half of the juice. A great Cayuga is nearly clear as water, not yellow. Check it out.
Cayuga White was our first wine nearly a decade ago and it’s safe to say it made us. We honor its history by retaining its original price, just $9.95.
We still have holiday baskets for sale and lots of stuff in the shop. There’s no parking lot or shopping carts. Just friendly faces and lots of lovely wine.
Cabernet Franc is back
Colorado’s best grape has returned to the Le Fuselier Winery. Two years of poor harvests put the squeeze on this fine varietal and even at $24 a bottle we sold out our last vintage more than a year ago.
But good harvests the last two years have brightened the outlook for this popular treat and we are delighted to release the first barrel of our 2015 Cab Franc at just $15.95.
Cabernet Franc is an ancient grape. It is believed to be the parent of Cabernet Sauvignon and is very similar, but Franc is milder and less edgy. With its savory bell-pepper flavors, it is a key ingredient in all fine Bordeaux wines. But Cab Franc tends to have less body and is weakly colored in France. And it isn’t much better in California where it rarely stands alone as an unblended wine.
It’s in Colorado that this pre-Roman vine has found its natural home. Our high altitude, hot summers and mild evenings - cooled by the descending mountain air - creates a full bodied, deeply colored wine of extraordinary character. If Colorado ever becomes famous as a wine producing area, Cab Franc will lead the way.
The harvest is in
The two best days of the year are the day we start harvest and the day we finish it. Yea! It’s finished.
This week we brought in the last of the grapes in the vineyard, our late harvest Riesling, crushed and pressed them, did a final wash up and put everything away for a year. That’s a wrap.
And what a harvest! An absolute record in every category. For the first time ever, we and our local contract growers grew every grape we need. Not a single grape was brought in from outside. That marks a milestone in the resurgence of the grape industry in Fremont County.
Now the winery is awash in the yeasty scents of new wine fermenting, wines like Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Chancellor, Foch, Marquette and many others, all grown in local soil.
Now we can catch up on our bottling and bring you this fall a number of brand new fine red blends barreled last year.
Let's hear it for a
A very mild winter has left us with a bumper crop of grapes this year.
We had excellent years in 2011 and 2012 but poorer crops in 2013 and 2014 so we're due for a good year.
But good year or bad, we are always increasing our supply of locally grown grapes as we bring more contract growers on line. The state is beginning to recognize Canon City in general and Brookside in particular as a grape growing region of increasing importance.
Our little suburb of Canon City was one of Colorado's best grape producing areas around the turn of the century before prohibition. We are delighted to watch the restoration of this agricultural industry.
Brookside's best grapes are Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Norton, Chancellor, Cayuga White and Viognier. And don't forget those great Canon City apples that create our Apple Crisp wine, cool, crisp and refreshing.
Canon City has been growing fine wine grapes for more than 100 years. If you haven't discovered it yet, what better time?
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We don't just grow grapes, we try to develop grape growing in Canon City. We believe in building local agricultural infrastructure and a sustainable community. In fact, we have almost 20 small contract growers around the city. We pay over-market prices of 80 cents a pound for these varieties of grapes:
Chardonel, Cayuga White, Traminette, Frontenac, Norton, Riesling, Cab Franc, Noirette, Corot Noir, Chancellor, de Chanauc, Seyval, Zweigelt and Vignoles.
Groups love to visit our winery & vineyard
While our winery is normally open only on Saturdays during the spring and fall, we are always happy to entertain groups for wine tastings and vineyard tours. Groups like the Canon City Coop, the Gadabouts, the Canon Zonta club and the Canon City Garden Club are regular visitors. Call us at 719-315-2075 to arrange your group visit.