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Western Slope Colorado Wine

Colorado wine enthusiasts may delight in the book An American Provence, published in 2011 by University Press of Colorado.  In this book, author Thomas P. Huber examines the many geographic similarities between Colorado’s Western-slope wine country and the Provence region in France.  From the book summary:

In this poetic personal narrative, Thomas P. Huber reflects on two seemingly unrelated places-the North Fork Valley in western Colorado and the Coulon River Valley in Provence, France-and finds a shared landscape and sense of place. What began as a simple comparison of two like places in distant locations turned into a more complex, interesting, and personal task. Much is similar-the light, the valleys, the climate, the agriculture. And much is less so-the history, the geology, the physical makeup of villages. Using a geographer’s eye and passion for the land and people, Huber examines the regions’ similarities and differences to explore the common emotional impact of each region. Part intimate travelogue and part case study of geography in the real world, An American Provence illuminates the importance sense of place plays in who we are.

An American Provence is available for checkout from our library.  Also, you can learn more about Colorado’s wine industry in the following state publications, also available from our library:

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Colorado Wine

This week has been declared Colorado Wine Week by Governor Hickenlooper. There are close to one hundred wineries here in the state of Colorado. June 9-11 is Colorado Winefest, an event in Northfield Stapleton with food and wine pairing seminars, wine tasting, and other festivities. Check out the Colorado Wine Industry website: www.coloradowine.com for information on other events happening around the state this summer. If you are interested in exploring Colorado wine country, or would like to plan a wine-tasting daytrip they have maps and “wine trail guides” to help you on your way. Get in the spirit and raise a toast to Colorado!

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Wine Country

Did you know that there is a state agency that focuses solely on wine and grapes in Colorado?

The mission of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board is to encourage and promote scientific research about wine, growing vines, and wine-making; to market wine and wine grapes produced in Colorado; and serve as a resource for the Colorado wine industry. They recently hired an official state enologist to travel the state and work as a consultant with winery owners to help solve problems, and serve as an educator and fount of information.

If you like wine, and are curious about what Colorado has to offer, visit the board’s website: http://www.coloradowine.com/.

They have a quarterly newsletter that highlights Colorado wines and wineries, along with information about wine-tasting events around the state. There are also maps and brochures on wine tours in Colorado. Maybe this weekend you can follow a Colorado Wine Trail, and spend the day visiting wineries on the Front Range, Rocky Mountains, Grand Valley, or West Elks regions.

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Rockfall and Landslides

If you drive up into the mountains or through the canyons, you may notice signs that say “Watch for falling rocks.” We have recently received a CD with a lot of interesting reports on the geology, geologic hazards and history along the I-70 corridor (which you might not guess from the title): “Field Trips” from the 1st North American Landslide Conference, June 2007. There are pictures and diagrams showing weak areas in the slopes and sections with landslide potential. The reports include geologic maps, and discuss the formations in the area. Also included is a paper on Colorado Wine Country, how the geology, soils and climate affect the wines in the region. The CD is a special publication from the Colorado Geological Survey. It was distributed to our state depository libraries, and is also available to check out from the Colorado State Publications Library.