With A Little Help From My Friends
From Colorado Wine Press, 12 Nov 2010
The wine industry can be a pretty cutthroat business. Just as new
wineries open up on a weekly basis, others close due to competition. A
winery's bottom line depends on selling wine; If consumers are buying a
competitor's wine they're not buying your wine. Wineries naturally
compete against each other, however, they can also work together. This
is especially important in emerging wine regions such as Colorado.
In Colorado, a leader in cooperation is Two Rivers Chateau and Winery.
Owner Bob Witham, is the first Colorado winery proprietor to utilize a
recently enacted state law that allows two or more wineries to operate
at an alternating proprietor licensed premise. This means that a portion
of a host winery’s licensed premises can be shared with alternating
proprietors for winemaking activities. Offered as an employee incentive
for Two Rivers' winemaker Tyrel Lawson, Witham agreed to let Lawson
start his own winery, Kahil Winery,
using Two Rivers' infrastructure. One condition with this arrangement
is that Kahil must not produce any wines that directly compete against
any Two Rivers labels. For its first release, Kahil produced a Malbec, a
variety which Two Rivers does not produce.
In addition to sharing premises with Kahil Winery, Two Rivers also produced and bottled a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon blend, Colterris
, for High Country Orchards and Vineyards
owner Theresa High. Not surprisingly, Ty Lawson was also the winemaker
for this debut endeavor. With the cooperation and foresight of Two
Rivers Winery, two new wine brands have been emerged by taking baby
steps while holding the hand of one the leaders of Colorado's wine
industry. To celebrate and participate in the First Ever World Wide Colorado Wine Virtual Tasting, I opened a bottle of Colterris.
2008 Colterris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grand Valley AVA, Colorado