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24
May

Colorado Winery Spotlight: Bigsby’s Folly

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The Experience   When you first walk into the new Colorado winery, Bigsby’s Folly, you’ll notice pictures on the wall of the building from many, many years ago. It’s touches like these that you’ll find throughout as Chad and Marla Yetka look to make Bigsby’s Folly a place you will enjoy and a place you will want to come back to.   They found the perfect building as their location because it had the history they were looking for. It lived through the prohibition and that is the inspiration they had for their winery. “The idea for the winery and the experience we want people to have when they came to the winery really was centered around prohibition and the […]

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21
May

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Gewürztraminer   Gewürztraminer (pronounced guh-VURZ-tra-meen-er) is one of the most aromatic wines you’ll encounter. This is appropriately fitting, considering the prefix, gewürz, means spice in German. Gewürztraminer comes from a pink grape, the savagnin rosé, and does well in cooler areas. While the wine does have a German name, and the grape comes from Germany, it actually originated in Italy in a small town at the foot of the Dolomite Mountains. It is here in the province of Trentino-Alto Adige and in the France region of Alsace that you’ll find some of the best gewürztraminer being made. As for the aromas and flavors that you’ll find, there often is roses, orange marmalade, lychees, grapefruit, apricot and ginger/gingerbread. While there […]

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19
May

Dreary Days and (Wine) Movie Nights

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I will be the first to admit that when I see it’s a cold, gross day, I want to do nothing more than hunker down and read a good book or watch a movie; leaving my house sounds pretty undesirable. So what’s a better way to pass the time on these less than perfect days than with a glass of wine and movie about wine? Just because the weather isn’t good enough to go out and taste wine, doesn’t mean you can’t bring the wine  and knowledge learned home. There are quite a few movies about wine out there, but I’ve shortlisted my favorites and hope they can make your day a little less dreary.   Somm I might be […]

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17
May

Colorado Winery Spotlight: Bigsby’s Folly

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Introduction   Bigsby’s Folly is Denver’s newest winery. With the Roaring ‘20s and prohibition as their inspiration, they are looking to hit the ground running when they open in June. Husband and wife, Chad and Marla, were looking for a change of pace when they started their second careers. They had always wanted to open a winery in Napa, but with Napa having Napa prices, they decided Denver was the perfect fit.   With the help of their winemakers, Brian Graham and Chris Nelson, wine will be made both in Colorado and Napa. Brian will stay in California and produce their wines there, while Chris will be in charge of the Colorado winemaking. If wine is not your thing (we’ll […]

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14
May

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Syrah   Syrah, also known as shiraz, is one of the darkest red wines – darker than cabernet sauvignon. Syrah originated in France and in certain small wine districts in the Rhône Valley, like Hermitage, the only red grape allowed is syrah. When the grapes were planted in Australia and the wine was made there, Australian wine makers took to calling it shiraz (shiraz is Australia’s most famous red wine). In some countries like South Africa and the United States, this wine can go by either syrah or shiraz, depending on the winemaker’s preference, but they are the same wine. Consistently, syrah is a full-bodied wine with medium to high tannins. Because of the amount of tannins, syrah contains […]

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12
May

Brunch Is Always A Good Idea

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I love a good brunch. I love that I don’t have to get up early to still enjoy breakfast, I can have either sweet or savory, and that my day is beginning with a mimosa. You know it’s going to be a good day when it’s a brunch day. Fortunately, Denver has so many great brunch spots to choose from. Enjoy a Denver day with a little food and a little day drinking.   Snooze Snooze is a great brunch spot. Open daily and with multiple locations throughout the city, including a one at Union Station, there’s something on the menu for everyone. You can’t go wrong with any of their benedict selections or their pancakes. How can you resist […]

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10
May

Wednesday Wisdom: New Zealand Wine

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In the last 40 years, New Zealand has come up as a great wine making country (especially when it comes to their sauvignon blanc). Though they may not be the size of their oceanic neighbor, they use the space they do have to make some delicious wines. Wine making has been around in New Zealand since the 1800’s, but their wine making was filled with obstacles. The first vineyards were actually planted in the early 1800’s and it was James Busby who made the country’s first wine in 1839. While grapes could be grown and wine could be made, there weren’t a lot of people on the island who knew how to make wine. There was also the issue of […]

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07
May

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio   Pinot gris, which is the same grape variety as the pinot grigio, is a “grey” grape that is a mutation of the Pinot grape. The grape originated in France, and while they are the same grape, their styles differ. There are the Alsace Pinot Gris wines, which are like their Alsace namesake – more full-body, spicier, and complex. Then there’s the Italian style pinot grigio wines and those made like it, which are lighter and not as complex. Like other wines, the location of the grape can alter the taste. A pinot grigio from Italy will taste different that a pinot gris from France, which can taste different than a pinot gris from Canada. However, […]

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05
May

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Every 5th of May, people throw parties and restaurants have some kind of discount to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. For a little background on the day, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the anniversary of the Mexican army’s defeat over the French at the Battle of Puebla 1862 as part of the Franco-Mexican War. (It is not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated in September.) There were over twice as many soldiers for the French as there were for the Mexicans, yet the Mexican army came out victorious. The victory bolstered the resistance, and with the help of the US, the French withdrew in 1867. The day is celebrated every year in the Mexico state of Puebla, but […]

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03
May

Colorado Winery Spotlight: Bonacquisti Wine Company

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Open a decade in the small Denver neighborhood of Sunnyside, Bonacquisti Wine Company have cemented themselves as a great part of the Colorado wine scene. Paul Bonacquisti, founder and winemaker, comes from a long-line of winemakers. “I grew up making wine as a family hobby. So I learned from my dad, who passed it on from my grandfather, who came from Italy,” he says. He had a job in radio, but when they switched formats and no longer needed him, he got his Certified Sommelier certification and went back to his winemaking roots.   The idea to open an urban winery was a bit of a no brainer. He lived in the area and didn’t want to move, farming isn’t […]

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