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With spring, comes wine
In "Apple Blossoms," poet Hattie Howard writes: "Of all the lovely blossoms / That decorate the trees / And shower down their petals / With every breath of breeze / There is nothing so sweet or fair to me / As the delicate blooms of the apple tree."

Well said. But sorry, Hattie, I'm going to have to go ahead and disagree, and say that The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey's recently released Apple Blossom wine ($12/bottle) strikes me as a bit sweeter and more fair than the blooms on my apple tree. Comprised of five apple varieties from Cañon City's Colon Orchards, the blossom wine is sweet, light and expectedly fruity with suggestions of apple in both the taste and nose. Painfully easy drinking during the cooling evening of a hot summer's day.

The winery's also released its Colorado Nouveau ($15/bottle), comprised entirely of Colorado Merlot grapes. The Nouveau, too, is sweet, closest in character to a Sangria. Both wines are available in the Winery's tasting room (3011 E. U.S. Hwy. 50, Cañon City) and at select liquor stores. Call 719/276-5191 for more or visit abbeywinery.com.

Cup with a conscience
When it comes to addressing climate issues, some folks lead by example, others nag their peers incessantly, and a rare few go as far as launching a business. Scott Peters, local musician, author and lumber guy (the day job) falls in the latter category.

Peters launched Got Green Cups earlier this year, a business aimed at curbing paper, Styrofoam and plastic waste in both office buildings and retail locations by use of either a ceramic coffee mug ($8.99) or stainless steel traveler mug ($10.99). Each is inscribed simply with the company's name.

"We're promoting recycling as opposed to beauty," says Peters.

For each cup sold, Peters will donate a dollar to organizations working on consumer education and Pacific Ocean cleanup efforts. The cups are currently available at two Serranos Coffee Co. locations and Gloria Jean's Coffees inside the Citadel mall, as well as at gotgreencups.com. Call 502-5683 for more.

Dine for quake relief
Silver Pond Chinese Restaurant (5760 N. Academy Blvd.) is hosting a fundraiser for China's earthquake victims from 5:30 to 8 p.m., May 23 and 24. It will feature live performances from local young musicians and benefit the Red Cross. Call 661-8972 or visit pparc.org for more. Compiled by Matthew Schniper

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