Popular Grand Junction Restaurant Collaborates with Winemaker Patric Matysiewski on Proprietary Red Blend
GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. – AUGUST 9, 2023 – Devil’s Kitchen, the award-winning rooftop restaurant situated atop Grand Junction’s Hotel Maverick, continues to transform the culinary experience on Colorado’s Western Slope with the release of its first private label wine blend in partnership with Sauvage Spectrum winery.
Grown, produced and bottled by Winemaker Patric Matysiewski of Sauvage Spectrum in Palisade, Colo., the Devil’s Kitchen Proprietary Red Wine Blend exhibits a symphony of red fruits including sour cherry and raspberry, unveiling a gentle desert floor earthiness with a touch of spice. The appellation of the 2022 vintage is 100 percent from the Grand Valley and showcases a composition of 37% Cabernet Franc, 36% Mourvedre, 13% Petite Pearl, 6% Verona, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Viognier, <1% Roussanne, Malbec and Zinfandel varietals.
“Collaborating with Patric on the Devil’s Kitchen wine blend was an amazing opportunity and really gave our team the chance to get a true hands-on experience,” said Tracy Johnson, Hotel Maverick food and beverage director. “From start to finish, it was great to get an up close and personal look into the wine making process and we are grateful to be able to put an even more local stamp on the restaurant’s culinary program.”
The food-friendly, medium-light-bodied wine was created as a collaboration between Matysiewski and the Devil’s Kitchen culinary team and boasts a moderate alcohol level and understated, yet elegant, tannins. Subtle and nuanced, the blend pairs perfectly with Devil’s Kitchen’s menu of regionally and seasonally inspired cuisine, which includes dishes like bison tamales served with locally sourced mushrooms.
“This wine is a nontraditional blend, and uses American varietals grown here in the high desert,” said Matysiewski. “It’s a delicate wine that’s more nuanced and will complement the menu well rather than
drown out some of the lighter dishes. The Devil’s Kitchen team played a large role in developing the blend and I had a great time working with them to bring it to life.”
Known for its commitment to eco-conscious practices throughout the grape growing and winemaking processes, Sauvage Spectrum’s vineyards are situated in the Grand Valley AVA. Here, melted snow from the slopes of the Rockies, alluvium silt, sand, and clay loam soils combine with the area’s unique climate of hot days and cool nights, allowing winemakers to develop grape varietals that bring forth a distinctly Colorado flavor.
Available exclusively at Devil’s Kitchen and Hotel Maverick, the Devil’s Kitchen Proprietary Red Wine Blend will be submitted to The Colorado Governor’s Cup Winemaking Competition, the only statewide wine-making competition exclusively for Colorado wineries.
“We’re thrilled to introduce Devil’s Kitchen Proprietary Red Wine Blend to our hotel guests and diners. By partnering with an acclaimed local winemaker for our first proprietary blend, we’re continuing our commitment to offering fresh regional ingredients and provisions sourced through our longstanding relationships with local farmers, herdsmen, artisans and purveyors,” said Tammy Anderson, general manager of Hotel Maverick. “This wine makes a great souvenir and allows our guests to bring home a taste of Colorado in a bottle.”
About Devil’s Kitchen
Devil’s Kitchen, inspired by unique rock formations of the same name within the nearby Colorado National Monument, provides panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from atop Hotel Maverick. Featuring a vibrant design to match its regionally inspired menu – replete with locally sourced ingredients – Devil’s Kitchen brings a whole new elevation to the Grand Junction dining scene. The rooftop restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive patio, offering a fluid indoor/outdoor experience and sweeping views of the surrounding red rock landscape, as well as the Colorado Mesa University (CMU) campus below. Devil’s Kitchen is deeply intertwined in the spirit of Colorado Mesa University. As an educational hotel and restaurant, it offers a hands-on learning environment, in which guests experience students’ passion and enthusiastic curiosity as they learn the ins and outs of both front-of-house and back-of-house roles. Since opening in June 2020, Devil’s Kitchen has become a destination not to be missed, transforming the culinary experience on the state’s Western Slope. For more information, please visit www.devilskitchenrestaurant.com.
About Hotel Maverick
Located on the breathtaking campus of Colorado Mesa University, Hotel Maverick is a scenic destination that fosters the spirit of curiosity. Built against Grand Junction’s sprawling red rock canyons, this unique Colorado locale immerses guests in experiences that feed their wanderlust. Hotel Maverick is the area’s only independent boutique hotel with unorthodox architectural details, unique guest rooms and regionally inspired cuisine. Located onsite is Devil’s Kitchen restaurant and rooftop bar with menus featuring regionally sourced ingredients and craft cocktails served alongside panoramic views of the Grand Mesa and Colorado National Monument. Hotel Maverick’s casual daytime fare can be found at Betty’s Gourmet Coffee Shop with high-quality coffee and grab & go treats. For more information, please visit www.thehotelmaverick.com.