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21
Jun

Colorado Winery Spotlight: Kingman Estate Winery

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Kingman Winery is an urban Denver winery opened by Doug and Karen Kingman in 2012. They originally started in the Grand Valley area of Colorado when they purchased land, with the idea to grow their own grapes. Though their own grapes had not started growing yet, they purchased grapes from other growers and started making their wine. Eventually, they decided owning land wasn’t the way they wanted to go. Between commuting still from Denver and finding that owning land and growing grapes was too much, Doug and Karen decided to sell their land and open Kingman in Denver.   Doug had wanted a job that he could still do once he retired and opening a winery allowed him to do […]

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18
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Moscato   Moscato is made from muscat grapes, which hail from the Mediterranean (specifically Italy). Muscat is a large group of ancient grapes rather than a single variety. It’s the muscat grape that scientists think was the first cultivated variety of grape. Famous for being a sweet wine, moscato is one of the most aromatic wines there is. It is as intense in flavor as it is in aroma. It has fruity flavors with aromas such as orange blossom, green grapes, honeysuckle, and perfume. Though it is a notoriously sweet wine, it can occasionally be dry, and come in still or bubbly forms. There are also moscato wines that are flavored – peach, orange, apricot. Essentially, they are enhancing […]

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14
Jun

Colorado Winery Spotlight: Balistreri Vineyards

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Since opening their doors in 1998, Balistreri Vineyards has truly been a family affair. There are currently three generations involved in the process – from making the wine to giving tours of the barrel room. John Balistreri and his wife are the owners, with John being the winemaker as well. Julie, whom we spoke to, says her official title is the “winemaker’s daughter,” meaning she wears a lot of different hats. And there are the grandkids who also work and help out. The family feel also goes into how they treat their customers. As Julie tells us, “when folks come here, we like to treat them like family.” They want their customers to feel at home when they come in […]

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11
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Pinot Noir   Nearly 2000 years ago, pinot noir originated in France. Over the course of that time, it has become that parent (and grandparent) to many other grapes and has been cloned hundreds of times. (VinePair has an excellent in depth history of pinot noir if you’re interested in learning more.) Pinot noir is considered to be one of the hardest grapes to grow and turn into wine. It grows well in cool climates – it doesn’t fare well in climate changes – and the grape is susceptible to diseases and oxidization. That being said, when a good pinot noir is made, it is a good pinot noir. It is one of the lighter red wines out there, […]

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09
Jun

Your Favorite Denver Wine Bars

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With so many places to eat in Denver, it’s sometimes impossible to narrow down the choices. But if you’re simply in the mood for a glass of wine (or bottle because it’s just been that kind of day) and a small plate, then we’ve got you covered. While this list isn’t comprehensive of all of the Denver wine bars, it’s a diverse selection that may be just what you are looking for.   Postino Located in LoHi, Postino is an Italian “WineCafe.” They have an extensive wine list that tends to change seasonally as well as beer and cider. As far as food options go, they have an extensive list of bruschetta, all of which are delicious. You can also […]

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04
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Chardonnay   Originating in France, chardonnay has become one of the most popular wines in the world. It wasn’t until the 1960s when it started to gain widespread popularity; however, now there are nearly 100,000 acres of chardonnay in California alone.   Despite its popularity, chardonnay is one of the most polarizing wines amongst wine drinkers. Some love the buttery, oaky flavors it has while others find it too sweet. When it’s an oaked chardonnay, it has a flavor profile that is distinctly buttery, but it also tends to have the flavors of butterscotch, vanilla, green apple, among others. It’s these kinds of flavors, along with its full-body, creamy texture that makes it appealing to the masses. That being said, […]

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02
Jun

Food and Wine Festivals in Colorado Mountain Towns

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Come for the winter, stay for the summer. While many people flock to the Colorado mountains for the promise of fresh powder, the summer season is not to be overlooked. Mountain towns are known to host some of the best food and wine festivals in the region, with weekend long events at Breckenridge, Telluride, and Steamboat. It’s a perfect opportunity for city dwellers to take a long weekend and enjoy some great food and wine with a stunning mountain backdrop.   Telluride Wine Festival; June 22-25, 2017: Over the course of Thursday – Sunday, the Telluride Wine Festival will feature some of the best chefs and wine experts. With over 20 wineries participating (including Denver’s The Infinite Monkey Theorem), this […]

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31
May

Colorado Winery Spotlight: Bigsby’s Folly

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The Winemaking Though Bigsby’s Folly is a Colorado winery, there will be some love for California as well. Rather than producing wine in just Colorado, they will also make wine in Napa and Sonoma, California. Because of the location of their productions, they will have two winemakers – Chris Nelson and Brian Graham. Locally, Chris will make the Colorado wines, while Brian will be out in California.   “Because wineries no longer need to be tethered to where the grapes are growing, […] by having an urban winery, we can really source the best fruit that we can,” explains Marla. Because Chad and Marla wanted to “keep a close tie to Napa and Sonoma,” having two winemakers allows them to […]

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28
May

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Tempranillo Known for being Spain’s most famous red grape, tempranillo is used to make a large variety of Spanish red wines. It is the main grape in the region of Rioja and the main grape in Rioja wine, which some compare to Burgundy. While the grape is often used in blended Spanish wines, non-blended tempranillo is being produced more now. (It is also produced simply as a tempranillo wine in other countries as well.) Various clones have come to adapt to the different Spanish regions, and because of this, wines can seem so different despite using the same grape. This red wine is consistently well balanced and the amount of tannins allows it to age for longer periods. Tempranillo […]

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26
May

A Frozen Drink in Summertime Heat

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  It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and in my mind, the unofficial start of summer (I’d like to believe we’re finally done with snow for the next few months). That means taking advantage of eating outside, reading a book outside, and just generally, being outside. But it also can get incredibly hot during the summer months, which can put a cramp in my outside time. So to stay cool, it’s time to break out the blender and enjoy some frozen drinks. With alcohol. Frozen drinks tend to be so easy and so delicious and are a nice change of pace from just a glass of wine or beer.   There are of course the standard frozen margaritas or frozen rosé, but you’d […]

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