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Denver Wine Radio Podcast 35: Mark & James Blanchard: Blanchard Family Wines

Blanchard Family Wines is the story of how wine can bring people together, build bridges and ignite passions that make dreams come true. This boutique winery expresses the vision of two brothers and the uniting qualities of great wine shared among friends and family.

A first-generation wine venture, the roots of the company are grounded in a family concept. The founders, Mark and James Blanchard, follow the tradition of two Blanchard brothers that can be traced back to at least the last four generations in the family.

Blanchard Family Wines is dedicated to the creation of limited production, hand-crafted, artisan wines, sourced from the top vineyards in the Sonoma Valley. They showcase the world-class appellations of Russian River, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley and most of their wines are either 100% varietal or single-vineyard products. Their family roots blend into the company philosophy, from the logo to the product names.

The first wine tasted in this week's episode is the Blanchard Family Wines Rosé. This wine is the winery's very first Colorado-made Blanchard rosé. Made from grapes grown in Palisade, Colorado, this wine is a juicy, fruity upfront tasting, heavy red-based varietal wine. Its distinct color and flavor profile make it a rich, juicy, full-bodied rosé that catches you off guard in the best way.

The second wine of the episode is Blanchard's Dairy Block Blend. This wine also happens to be their first Colorado-made red wine! This wine is a delicious blend that would fit in any line-up in a Sonoma winery tasting. It's a unique varietal blend of Petite Pearl and Verona, which produce bold, rich, delicious red wines.