Ready for some trivia? What is the definition of wine? I’d bet your immediate response had something to do with grapes. Surprisingly, the definition of wine is a bit more inclusive. Defined as “any alcoholic beverage obtained by the fermentation of the natural sugar content of fruits,” wine can be more than just what’s grown on the vine. So when life handed lemons to Matthew Hexter, he knew just what to do with them.
With a natural gift for mixing science and art, Matthew, owner and vintner of Palmer Lake’s Evergood Adventure Wines, began with coffee roasting and eventually got involved in microbrewing. He loved the process so much he began to play around with those lemons, and now this innovative dreamer is here to show the world just what a little chemistry and creativity can do.
Sour, tangy, sweet? I wondered what exactly lemon wine would taste like because it’s hard to imagine what flavors a novelty like lemon wine could yield. But as I sat in the Evergood Adventure Winery listening to the carafes full of lemon juice and yeast bubbling behind me, my curiosity was piqued.
“We want our wines to be part of something Evergood: healthy relationships, genuine community, and powerful legacy. We want our wines to help you celebrate shared adventure.” As Matthew’s wife, Melanie, shared the story of their family’s endeavor to our group of wine tasting tour attendees eagerly awaiting the ever-so-good elixirs, I already knew I would love what I tasted because it's hard not to be biased towards the product of such an inspirational story.
“We love to serve our wines over ice, it truly makes them sparkle,” she explains. As a took my first sip of Skier Pee, my tastebuds were pleasantly stunned by the explosion of the sweet, zesty, refreshing citrus flavor, and I immediately understood Evergood’s fast-growing success. And for lovers of Colorado winter adventure sports, the branding is on point.
Yes, you heard it right. Evergood’s trailblazing lemon wine was endearingly named Skier Pee. It seems the Hexter family has a knack for wit and marketing because their other flavors are just as clever: strawberry-flavored Snow Bunny, grapefruit-inspired Citrus Stomp, and margarita-inspired Switch Stance (made with lime and lemons), are all equally tasty. And for those cold days on the mountain, you can sip their limited-release gluhwein-inspired Heart Warmer.
Lemon wine is subtle, refreshing, low in sugar and sulfites, gluten-free, vegan, and it’s the perfect companion for your Colorado adventures. But don’t take my word for it because it’s something you’ve got to try for yourself.