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 soon to come, “adventures in winemaking”.

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.

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Welcome to My Blog!

2020 was a year of upheaval and change for everyone. For me, it began a journey of working towards my life encore. COVID-19 freed me from in-person work requirements. The evolving more flexible dynamic supported a transition from city to rural living, enabling me to pursue my passion to grow grapes and make wine.


CO’s Wine Growing Regions – Climate Comparisons

Have you ever wondered how the climates of Colorado’s AVAs stack up with other well-known wine-growing regions in the U.S., if not the world? I have. Yes, you can talk with knowledgeable Colorado wine folks, read a few books, and dabble with general descriptions and illustrations online. 

Winter vineyard

November & December – 2023 Lessons Learned

I have a Doctorate from the University of Hard Knocks. You read up on new subject matter and spend time learning from those more knowledgeable than you. But the wealth of information means little—oh sure, you can do well conversing about the topic at cocktail parties—till you are knocked around attempting new things yourself.

Taste of Vail - Colorado Wine
CO News - 2024

Colorado Wineries Make Their Case at Taste of Vail (Vail Daily)

As winemakers from California, France, Oregon and more traveled from afar to set up for the Taste of Vail festival, Colorado wineries packed up their vehicles and merely drove a few hours to make themselves known at this year’s event.

Vail Wine Classic
CO News - 2024

Your Guide to CO Wine Festivals in 2024 (Thirst Colorado)

Alexandria Fox relies on Colorado mead and wine festivals to share (and sell) her locally made mead. Fox is the owner of Dragon Meadery, an Aurora craft meadmaker that is only open by appointment. The mead is also carried in

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