Colorado has long held the “Napa Valley of Craft Beer” title (Sorry Portland!). So many great breweries exist that there has been a lot of talk recently about the potential oversaturation of the brewery market in Colorado (Here and Here). While I’m a firm believer in the “No such thing as too much beer” philosophy I can’t help but notice that that there is plenty of room for diversity, and Denver booze entrepreneurs are adapting quickly to take aim at Napa’s most prized export.
The River North District is now home to Mile High Winery. Located just a couple of blocks from Epic Brewery, Mile High Winery is the latest project from Vintner Jon Brickner of Winter Park Winery. Jon has a long history crafting wines and his excellent offerings in the Denver tasting room display that talent well. The wines at Mile High are made from grapes purchased from both the Palisades on the western slope and from outside of Colorado when required to produce a large enough bottling. A $10 tasting flight will get you a sample of three of Mile High’s reds and two whites from the Winter Park offerings. Serving selections from both wineries ensures that Mile High will
have enough time to expand into more varietals. If you’re looking for more than just drinks, Mile High has regular art and cooking classes, food truck visits, and wine classes to keep you entertained. Next time you’re in RiNo make sure you stop by and grab a glass of Grateful Red from Jon, Morgan, or Dennis at the bar.
The western slope has been producing quality wines for years but only lately have we started to see local production move into Denver. If quality like this can continue we can expect to see more tasting rooms in the future and one day we’ll be speculating on their oversaturation as well.