By Mark Condon
Apr 19, 2021; Delta County Independent
Mesa Winds is 36 acres of Provence-like terroir perched atop Rogers Mesa in the West Elks AVA .This farm features the intense sunlight and extreme temperature variations that yield the wonderful acid integration we have come to love in our Delta County wines.
This winery specializes in growing cool climate varieties including Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris and Chambourcin. The property’s soil has been certified organic for over 25 years and the current owners, Angelina Rice and Dan Matuszak, are applying even more progressive farming methods to the land such as crop diversity and animal integration to encourage regenerative agriculture. The couple also grows apples, peaches and cover crops, such as clover and grasses to improve the soil and retain moisture. Angelina and Dan are doing their best to collaborate with Mother Nature.
Most of us know that Delta County boasts several award-winning wineries, but it is rare to find a winery, like Mesa Winds, with chef-inspired cuisine. We visited Mesa Winds to enjoy their wines, but the epicurean experience that ensued was completely unexpected. After we finished the typical wine conversations of fruit, acidity and tannins, our attention was diverted to the food menu that was placed on the table. The menu peaked our culinary curiosity. The list of small-plate offerings which included duck confit, Korean beef skewers, and risotto gave us pause. Mesa Wind’s menu is truly farm-to-table, unpretentious and beautifully presented. Dan and Angelina strive to use the vegetables, fruits and meats from their farm as well as other produce from Delta County.
When the small-plate style food was served, the flavors did not disappoint. All of us agreed there was an element of creativity and sophistication to the Mesa Wind’s dishes that elevated it to the quality level of any fine restaurant.