Marshall's Wine ENcore

Early in my adult life, I worked in the wine industry in both retail and commercial sectors before pursuing other careers and raising a family. Inspired by a dear friend with a winery in the California Carneros AVA, I began making wine in 2008. After 10 years of sourcing grapes from California and Colorado, I yearned to have a “farm-to-table” operation. 

With the wonderful support of my spouse, we purchased a property on the edge of Sunshine Mesa between Paonia and Hotchkiss in the West Elks AVA (American Viticultural Area), located in the North Fork Valley in western Colorado. I planted a small vineyard and aspire to have my own winery, ostensibly named the North Fork Valley Winery.

Why encore? 

I’ve lived a full and rewarding life, having raised two daughters and numerous Airedales. My careers encompassed working for local government, a software provider, and a small business serving nonprofit organizations and local government. I’ve volunteered and remained active in local communities. 

I’m at a point in my life where “career” has little meaning. 

Bella Rose the Airedale

Time to get to something I’m passionate about for if not passionate, why do it?

I relate my experiences as a hobbyist, conveying information in everyday terms, with a distinct Colorado bent. There is no greater joy and satisfaction in my mind than being able to share and impart knowledge.

Thus, Marshall’s Wine Encore is intended to educate, providing personal insights I’ve gained over the years. 

You’ll learn about planting, growing, and tending to grapevines (The VineyardPlanPlant – First Year, and Sustain), and Winemaking (Process Overview, Reference Materials, Equipment, Testing, Time to Make Wine, The Crush, Press and Fermentation, Clarify and Age, and Bottle). 

After my introductory opening for each topic, there is a series of topic blocks containing online links to subject matter experts who know and can relate to the intricate details and experiences better than me.

Another area I find useful, and I hope you do as well, covers my experiences moving to rural Colorado, planning, planting, and tending to my vineyard. In 2023, there is a new series of blogs “Adventures in the Vineyard” labeled Vineyard Chronicles, which you won’t want to miss.

Lastly, we’ll explore Colorado as a burgeoning wine region, with sections containing Colorado wine news and Colorado wine festivals. There aren’t many places in the world where you can visit wineries making world-class wine from grapevines grown at 4,500 to 6,500 feet—there’s a lot to report and discuss!

These topics and more, I look forward to sharing with you.

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