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.

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Natural Wine
Musings

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
Musings

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
Musings

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.

Musings

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
2024

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. 

Grape Harvesters
Musings

The Wine Industry’s Human Rights Challenge

A few months ago I was reading the book “The Heat Will Kill You First” by Jeff Goodell, when the author described the experiences of a migrant vineyard worker who died of heat exhaustion, as an example of how excessive heat affects the mind and body.

Carlson Vineyard Backyard
CO News - 2024

9 Must-Visit Wineries to Add to Your Palisade Itinerary (5280)

Colorado wine is growing up. With more than 170 licensed wineries in Colorado, around 30 of which are in or near Palisade, there are now more winemakers here than ever, producing everything from straight-forward reds and whites to ambitious skin-contact

Overlooking Palisade and the Grand Valley
CO News - 2024

WineInk: Palisade Beckens (Aspen Times)

There are few better ways to spend a summer day than walking a vineyard and tasting wines. You might think you need to book a flight to California or Oregon to do so, but right here in Colorado is a

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