Enjoy three courses based on the day's bountiful harvest. Roasted winter squashes, pumpkins, hearty roots in a kaleidoscope of colors, greens sweetened by a kiss of frost, heritage pork or lamb roasted over plum wood embers are some of the flavors that await.
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2014 Bookcliff Vineyards, Palisade, Colorado, 'Black Cat Meritage'
2015 Bookcliff Vineyards, Palisade, Colorado, 'Black Cat Meritage'
2011 Bookcliff Vineyards, Palisade, Colorado, 'Black Cat Meritage'
Home Sweet Home! With over 100 wineries in Colorado, and two American Viticultural Areas (AVA), Grand Valley AVA located in Palisade, and West Elks AVA in Paonia, Colorado is on the fast track to becoming one of the great and timeless wine regions of the United States. Varietals such as Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Viognier really thrive, but don't be afraid to venture out and try some Cinsault, Riesling or even Sangiovese
Large Format Bottles
Half-Bottle (Split): 375mL - Standard: 750mL - Magnum: 1.5L - Jeroboam: 3L - Imperial (Methuselah): 6L - Salmanazar: 9L - Balthazar: 12L - Nebuchadnezzar: 15L
There's nothing quite like Champagne. Once that fine mousse of bubbles hits your lips, even ordinary occasions transform into something special. Created on the northern-most edge of viticulture, Champagne is one of the few wines blended across multiple vintages to ensure a consistent style with familiar flavors year after year. Below, you will find primarily grower Champagne, which is made only by farmers who own their own vines. Not only do we admire their 'farm to bottle' attitude, but they also produce some of the most expressive, exciting bottles of wine available
Old World Chardonnay
Chardonnay is the most famous white wine grape in the world, and it's all thanks to the Cote d'Or in eastern France. Inspired by steely and bright Chablis, lush and fruity Mâcon, and mind-bendingly complex Cote de Beaune, vignerons have planted Chardonnay around the globe - but somehow nothing can compare to the original. Whether you drink it with seafood, duck or just a straw, white Burgundy never disappoints
Often referred to as 'The Garden of France,' the Loire Valley stretches from the heart of France to the Atlantic Ocean, providing hardworking French vigerons with countless miles of perfect growing sites. With world-class expressions of Chenin Blanc from Vouvray as well as Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, the Loire is also home to winemakers on the cutting edge of the organic and biodynamic movement. If you're looking for crisp, mineral-driven whites with fresh citrus flavors and mouth-watering acidity, you just found heaven
Biodynamic & Organic Wine
We are a farm-oriented restaurant. How could we not support these farm-oriented wines? This does not refer to wines with 'farmy' or 'barnyard' tastes, but rather to wines that are made by people who are as careful with the roots of their vines, and the soil they feed from, as they are with the fruit they eventually give us. 'Organic' wine means the grapes have not been treated with anything synthetic: no fertilizers, no pesticides, no herbicides or anything made in a lab. Pests and diseases are dealt with naturally by introducing cover crops, and predators will pick off unwanted bugs and harmful insects. 'Biodynamic' winemaking treats an entire farm as a single living organism. Its goal is to actually improve the health of the land and ecosystem through farming. No chemicals are used at any point, and herbal preparations are used as treatments for the soil. Every important event in the farm's life is scheduled on a biodynamic calendar based on phases of the moon in order to fit in with the land's life cycle. Biodynamics results in healthy vines with deeper rootstocks which produce uncommonly expressive grapes with a surprising depth and purity of flavor. A few important biodynamic producers on our wine list are:
Unique Whites from Classic French Regions
German Riesling has long suffered from a clash between reputation and reality. Public perception paints German wine as cloyingly sweet and characterless while the country's focus on vineyard-specific bottling actually produces wines of incomparable vibrance, elegance and minerality. The following wines showcase how breathtaking German Riesling can be, and how a touch of sugar can make these wines delicious with everything from spicy foods to foie gras
Austria is rightfully celebrated as a standard-bearer in the production of food-loving, mineralfocused zesty Grüner Veltliner and dry, long-lived and powerful Riesling. Often reminiscent of white pepper, lentils, savory herbs and crushed stone, Grüner is a famously perfect match with hard-to-pair foods like greens and asparagus. There may not be anywhere in the world producing as many accessible and terroir-driven wines than Austria; no wonder many sommeliers are advocates for its wines
What is Terroir?
The concept of 'terroir' in wine is widely misunderstood. Put in the simplest way, terroir is every natural factor that makes a certain wine taste a certain way. The vineyard's climate, soil type, aspect and surrounding natural features all play a role in the wine's final taste and help make that wine special. The concept dates back nearly 1,000 years, when Benedictine and later Cistercian monks noticed that wines from the same grape tasted differently depending on where the grapes were grown. As a result, they began to catalog which grapes did best and where - eventually giving rise to Burgundy's Grand Cru system. And really, that sense of place in a wine is truly what makes us fall in love all over again. We drink wine to celebrate its differences. The steely, mineral-driven Chardonnay of Chablis; the earthy, barnyard richness of Rioja; the tar and roses of aged Nebbiolo. Each unique sip takes us on a journey to where in the world it was created — and back in time to the last evening we had the same wine with friends. Over-oaked, over-extracted fruit bombs do very little for us, because that wine could have been made by anyone and just about anywhere. But wines that really show their terroir - that transport you to one special place on the globe with unrepeatable, unforgettable flavors - well, that's why we drink wine in the first place. So that's what we're trying to achieve in these pages. We offer wines that showcase a clear, flavorful snapshot of exactly where they came from. Wines that could only come from one place. Like our Colorado-centric menu proudly displaying the very best from our state, we want our wines to offer a genuine, delicious trip into the best vineyards around the globe
Italy & Other Old-World Whites
From Italy, where food and wine go hand in hand, to just over the border in Slovenia, where the color of the grape does not alter the vinification, over to Spain and Portugal, where tradition reigns supreme, these wines bring everything from freshness and salinity to unctuous nuttiness. Enjoy exploring an array of white wines that the old world has to offer
New World Whites
Unique, lively and thought-provoking
In the heart of the Summer, rosé wines are in full bloom! However, these wines offer bright fruit, crisp acidity, and some even a touch of saltiness that makes rosé perfect for any season!
Andre Tchelistcheff famously said, 'God made Cabernet, whereas the Devil made Pinot Noir,' and truer wine words were never spoken. There's no wine region in the world more maddening, beautiful, expensive, fickle or jaw-droppingly delicious than the Cote d'Or. With nearly 2,000 years of wine-growing history, the 'Golden Slope' produces bottles of Pinot Noir that exhibit aromas of sweet red cherry, button mushroom, pencil lead and plenty more.
Côte de Nuits
Côte de Beaune
Beaujolais offers some of the best values in Burgundy today: incredible quality at a fraction of the price of more famous Pinot Noir. With Gamay's bright red to deep, dark fruits, balancing stony minerality through its core and peppery spice around the edges, Beaujolais is delicious with seafood, lighter meats and certainly on its own
The Rhône Valley
The north is dominated by the inky black grape Syrah, showcasing flavors of cracked black pepper, olive tapenade, smoked meat and blackberry
In the warm southern region, blends of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Cinsault display ripe red-fruit qualities with peppery spice and scrubby herbs de Provence underneath
With more than two centuries of governmental oversight, powerhouse varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, plus billions of dollars spent every year around the globe, Bordeaux is positioned at the center of the wine universe. Love it or hate it, even wine novices have heard of names like Margaux, Pauillac and Pomerol — and their astronomically high price tags. But with one sip of these age-able blends showcasing flavors of black cassis, cedar and tobacco from both the left and right banks of the Gironde Estuary, it's a little easier to see what all the fuss is about
Haut-Médoc & Moulis
Unique Reds from the Old World
Through the years, Serge Hochar followed in the footsteps of his father, Gaston, who had been producing fantastic wines in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley since the 1920s. As winemakers that believe that a vintage should show itself, they change their blend very little between years, allowing the end result to be an honest expression of the soil and the weather. Musar is always one of our favorites, and we invite you to try something undiscovered and unexpected
Home to the powerhouse grape Nebbiolo, northwestern Italy delivers powerful red wines absolutely bursting with flavors of tar, earth, orange peel, fennel and tart red cherry. Barbaresco and Barolo are 'full bodied' wines, but anyone expecting a rich, Cabernet-like experience will be in for a surprise. Nebbiolo famously exhibits 'angles rather than curves,' but we've found a hearty bite of lamb or beef rounds off those sharper edges for a truly decadent dining experience
With 300 years of constant governmental regulation, the history of Tuscany's wine industry has been a rocky one. From straw-covered 'fiasco' bottles of Chianti flooding the market to headlinegrabbing 'Super Tuscans,' the region has had no lack of conflict or drama. But no matter what regulations or scandals may come next, the grape Sangiovese will always remain supreme. Showcasing flavors of bright red cherry, tomato leaf and scrubby Italian herbs, wines made from 'the blood of Jove' will always pair perfectly with rich pasta or game
Northern & Southern Italy
Italians love to eat, drink, and have fun — and this enviable lifestyle translates into their wines too. On any Italian dinner table, a bottle of wine is just as critical as a knife and fork, and few other wines in the world are so perfectly built for food. If you're in the mood for a rustic, flavorful bottle that pairs with good friends and a home-cooked meal - you've found it
Spain approaches wine law differently, focusing on the calendar instead of the dirt. While only perfectly ideal locations in France can grow 'Grand Cru' grapes, Spain produces 'Gran Reserva' only if the wine ages long enough in oak. Emphasizing aging showcases Tempranillo's ability to age beautifully, and means you can pick up incredibly well-aged, complex, food-friendly wine for a song. Often reminiscent of sweet red cherry, leather, spice, and dried red flowers, Tempranillo also enjoys the Spanish affinity for American oak, which brings notes of coconut, dill and vanilla
Unique Reds from the New World
Without the regulations and history of old-world wine growing regions, the new world is really the epicenter of 'modern' wine making. Compared to Europe's millennial of viticultural history, the new world is a relatively new frontier, presenting vignerons with a blank canvas to work with. Creativity abounds with new varietals being planted and new techniques utilized. From bright and refreshing Cinsault to deep and brooding Syrah, we encourage you to explore all that the new world can offer
New World Pinot Noir
A little more hedonistic in style, New World Pinot almost always shows soft flavors of sweet red cherry, raspberry and ripe strawberry with smooth tannins and fragrant floral notes. Our heart will always belong to Burgundy, but these plush, drinkable examples of Pinot from California and Oregon can sure make us forget about France for a night
Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon & Bordeaux Varietals
I had a wonderful birthday dinner!!! Such a wonderful experience not being in a restaurant. Delicious food! Can’t wait to go back!!!
This was our third farm dinner. The food is consistently delicious. The day we went to the farm it was cold and snowing. It was a magical environment and the cabanas were kept warm with a wood burning stove and heat lamps. It was cozy. Staff is always friendly and informative about the farm and the food and Alex is always on point with wine recommendations. A dinner at the Black Cat Farm is a lovely experience and highly recommended!
Absolutely stunning! Perfect place to celebrate our anniversary.
Fabulous! Definitely coming back! Thank you so much!
A bit pricey, but very unique and enjoyable experience. Highly recommend!
Black Cat farm dinners are fantastic! We went here as a splurge for our 30th anniversary after not having dined outdoors since the weather got colder in the fall. (We are trying to be super safe about Covid and would never go for any indoor dining no matter what the official capacity is.) Brought three of our adult children with us as we didn’t want to leave anyone out of this special experience. We had our own heated glass house. Other diners were isolated within their own glass houses so we could see them but had no contact with them. Servers would slide open the glass door, bring our food in covered pots on trays, place it at the end of the table and we could serve ourselves. They have wonderful vegetarian options. (Notify them when you make your reservation.) It was a super snowy evening and all the outdoor lights and bonfires made the whole property look magical. Pricey but so worth it! We are looking for an excuse to go back soon! We’d like to try the food in different seasons and maybe go in fairer weather so we can enjoy the view and explore the farm. Vernal equinox, maybe? Owner Eric Skokan stopped by our table and we had an interesting chat. Highly recommend! Not just wonderful food here but a completely unique and memorable experience!
Always have a great time and great food at Black Cat. Love the outdoor setting at the farm!
Family Valentine’s celebration
No cocktails, must pre-order half- or full-bottle of wine. Love the idea of a no-choice tasting menu, but quality at the farm was nowhere near my previous experiences at the restaurant. Some vegetables were undercooked (by my standards), some flavors were OK but not great. Ambiance is really nice at the farm. On a 20°F day the rooms were a little chilly.
Seriously one of the best meals I’ve had in a while, and the farm is absolutely magical. Can’t wait to go back!
A "must go"! Do not miss out on a delightful experience at Black Cat. Great place for a date ;)
The most magical experience - highly recommend if you have a special occasion coming up!
great place for a special occasion for a special night out
Second time here for the farm dinners and they could not be more perfect. A very special setting with amazing food and great people. I could not recommend it more!
I was a magical experience. If I could afford it, I would go every week. The ambience is so inviting and charming. I absolutely loved it.