Make it a Colorado Christmas

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Whether it's meat from a farm in Delta or wine from Western Slope grapes, there are lots of ways to have a holiday dinner that's harvested from down the road. And now that Thanksgiving is over, you're free from the turkey wings that bind you.

"Fish, prime rib, crown rack of roast, all of the good stuff," says Tara Grant, the manager at Fisher’s Market, which offers natural meats.

Yes, it's time to get creative for that Christmas dinner. And while you're planning your menu, from sausage to squash, why not think local?

"For not only the local economy, but also the freshness and how the product is handled,” says Jason Hicks, a meat cutter at Fisher’s Market. “I think people can feel pretty good about what they're eating, buying locally like that."

At Fisher's Market, most of their meat comes from farms in delta.

And since we're talking local, the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board has some ideas for pairing that creative entree with some clever wines.

"The Colorado wine industry has come a long way in the last 10 years,” says Monty Haltinger, the manager at Crossroads Wine & Spirits, which has a large selection of wines from Colorado. “It's become quite a tradition for a lot of families to have Colorado wine with their holiday meals."

If you’re having ham, the experts recommend something sweet like a Gewürztraminer from Carlson or a Riesling from Two Rivers.

Now, if prime rib is the way you're going, shop for something big, like a Colorado Cabernet. And Haltinger says if you’re feeling adventurous with your red wine this season, try out a bottle of the Infinite Monkey syrah.

But whatever you're planning for your holiday feast, you might want to get cracking. At fisher’s market, the deadline for all meat preorders is Dec. 13.

A new way to order your Colorado wines from Colorado stores is through a Web site called Instawine. Check out the link below. You can also get recipes for some creative dinners on the Fisher’s Market Web site, that link is also below.

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