A Pass You Can’t Pass Up

A driver’s license and a season pass to a ski resort may be the two most important IDs for a Coloradoan. Monarch Mountain’s One Planet One Pass is a prized possession for many residents of Chaffee, Fremont, Pueblo and El Paso counties. Why is a season pass to Monarch Mountain such a gem?

“Hometown Mountain”

Tailgating on the closing day

The nickname seems appropriate. The lift lines don’t snake around and around; the lift operators often address you by your name; you can tail gate in the parking lot and there’s a family friendly portion of the lodge where many skiers and snowboarders set up their crockpots and coolers.

Definitely, season pass holders say one of the attractions of Monarch is this laid back atmosphere.

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Word from the Grapevine

It’s almost the end of August already. One of Jug Liquors’s August Specials is The Antaño Tempranillo 2010. It’s a tasty and reasonable red wine that we’ve made even more reasonable!  

 Wine find: Antaño Tempranillo 2010 from Bodegas Antaño.

Real deal: $7.99 (originally $9.99) Buy a case and receive an additional 10 percent off, which results in an overall savings of 30%!!!

Origin: Spain. The growing regions include Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

© Fabio Ingrosso; Azienda Agricola Beconcini Pietro, il tempranillo della Toscana

Type of Grape: The black grape, Tempranillo, typically results in a full-bodied red wine with fruity aromas and hints of spice. Tempranillo generally don’t need a long growing season and are usually ready to go earlier than most red grapes in Spain. Consequently, the name comes from the Spanish word “temprano,” which means early. Tempranillo, translates as “little early one.”

Fun Fact: Known as the noble grape in Spain, Tempranillo also was grown in California in the early 1900s as the main ingredient in jug wines.

Antaño Tempranillo Review:

  The Good Wine Guru says:

Fruity aromas are followed by a very light, mellow Tempranillo with flavors of fruit and hints of spice.  The fruitiness of the wine is tempered quite well with tannins.  Will mix well with sharp cheeses or lightly spiced food.

Recommendation:  This is a nice and mellow Tempranillo that will mix very well with most foods, except those that are heavily spiced.  If you’re looking for a slightly more interesting red wine that you can enjoy with food or by itself, but that isn’t the usual bottle of merlot, this is definitely the bottle you should try.  However, if you’re looking for something that will add a lot to your meal, this probably isn’t the bottle of wine for you.  For the price it’s certainly worth a try, but don’t be expecting a bottle of wine that will change how you think of red wine or Tempranillo. (www.thegoodwineguru.com/antano-tempranillo/)

© Agne27; Wikimedia Commons.

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