I’m living a Colorado life encore cultivating grape vines, creating, and learning about wine. Sharing my experiences as a lifelong city dweller who moved to the country, will hopefully enlighten those with similar aspirations or provide a vicarious escape for others.

Marshall’s Wine Encore is multi-faceted.

You’ll not only find useful information about viticulture (grapevine cultivation) and winemaking but also a wealth of topical information about the Colorado wine scene with both news and events. And then there are the blogs, where you’ll find my ruminations about rural valley livingplanting and maintaining a vineyard, and Musings—my take on wine current events.

Importantly, if you’ve dreamed about planting a vineyard or making wine, this site is for you. After my introduction to vineyard and winemaking topics, there are a series of topic blocks, which point you to online subject matter experts who make it happen. This is the journey I’ve enjoyed, and hope you can too.

Colorado Wine Grapes

You’ll also find Flipboard Magazines created by Marshall’s Wine Encore around similar topics covered by this site. Magazines are organized by: Colorado wine and AVAs; growing, creating, and enjoying wine; and the ever-growing important subject of the effect of climate change on viticulture.

Recent Blogs >>>


Vineyard Pests

Whoa, came across one of these in the vineyard… Well, not really. However, I came across an article about Australian vineyard pests and was struck and humored by the uncommonness to North American pests our “down under” friends have to put up with. They may seem cute, but they are still pests, i.e., they cause damage to the vines and grapes.

Natural Wine

Is Your Wine Natural?

You may have encountered the term “natural” when looking for wines at your local shop or restaurant. Initially, I thought natural was used as a play on organic. Come to find out, my initial reaction was not wrong but also not entirely correct.

Book Cliffs

Colorado Wine Country According to AI

Can AI write an blog post discussing Colorado’s Wine Country? Of course it can. I asked ChatGTP to write four versions of a blog comparing Colorado’s two wine-growing regions, Grand Valley and West Elks. AI was also used to generate associated images. The results were surprising good, and fast. There were takeaways.

Climate Catastrophe Image

Will Insurers Make Climate Change Sceptics Change Their Minds?

“If you’re not insured, you might as well give up, a wine grower stated bluntly.” The increased severity and occurrence of weather events (rain, wind, hail, drought, etc.) is a well-documented hallmark of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change.


Write a Blog Story, and Only With AI? Yeah, Right!

I’ve been experimenting with the usage of AI to generate images. I took motivation from a blog post of Jo Diaz, who wrote about her attempt to write a blog using AI. So far, it’s a work in progress…

Bud Break

Spring on Sunshine Mesa — 2024 Edition

Spring enlivens the soul. There is something magical about witnessing brown give way to green. Of the landscape awakening. Warmer and longer days. Breezes that don’t chill you to the bone. There is no truer expression of spring than grape vine bud break. 

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