About Kelly Wooldridge

A sommelier, barman, writer, lecturer, nerd. Kelly works as the sommelier, beverage director and bar manager at Trillium in Denver's Ballpark District, he is also an Adjunct Instructor in the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University. An Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, Kelly has dedicated his life to wine-related nerdery. And of course he also doles out advice and guidance to wine collectors in Colorado and elsewhere under the aegis (and isn't that an awesome word?) of VinCierge, a consultancy based in Denver. Sometimes he rides a bike, but most times you can find him wherever you see Denver's most beloved FrankenFord, Goldie, our wino's trusty Hoopty.

TheLiterateLush: An Account of Battle – Beer vs. Wine at SALT

I’m not always the biggest fan of the People’s Republic of Boulder. There is something about a transient population of thousands of college students (not one of which can be trusted to safely cross a street) with an unnerving sense of entitlement and throngs of new-wave pseudo-hippies worried about sulfites in their wine, garlic in […]

TheLiterateLush: Punch Drunk

While the etymology of “Punch Drunk” may come from the pugilistic arts, it also describes a condition in which I have been recently finding myself. I LOVE punch, and I owe that love to two people: Kevin Burke and David Wondrich. Kevin, the maestro of Colt & Gray, and David Wondrich, the Bard of Booze […]

TheLiterateLush: Wines for a glorious day…

A rainy-day reprieve! Imagine my excitement, after waking at the crack of 9:00 to find that outdoors the sun is brightly shining. Birds chirp (as they shit) on my balcony railing, and my little plants look a touch perkier than they did under oppressively grey skies. And while the temperature has yet to catch up to […]

Drink wine, have fun, be nice to people.

I’m a geek. Really. I like to joke that I don’t watch sports because my social skills are too well-developed. But I have a quick note I want to drop on everyone: wine is FUN. I had this brought home to me with serious intensity over the last week. From Monday through Friday last week […]

The Literate Lush…get polite, THEN come to my bar

I love to drink. So do you. So does most of Denver. It’s a wonderful thing to be in a city so permissive and encouraging of the wreckless pursuit of beverage-related geekery. Now that we’ve caught up with the coasts in terms of Cocktailian Pleasures, we can talk about the etiquette of drinking. I’ll skip […]