DAM Uncorked: Two nights for wine enthusiasts

DAM Uncorked Tasting

Art and wine is the quintessential pairing, setting a standard against which other pairings are measured. That is why the Denver Art Museum’s annual wine tasting has continued to be one of its most successful fundraisers each year and is still growing. Now in its 14th year, DAM Uncorked is a two-day event comprising a wine tasting […]

From wine club to winery for a Boulder couple

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There is certainly no shortage of computer scientists and engineers in Boulder. The city’s reputation as a high caliber startup incubator relies heavily on the tech workforce being churned out of the University of Colorado each year. Boulder is also a hotbed of startups closer to the Wagon’s heart. John Garlich and Ulla Merz left […]

Uncle to Host Blank Slate Supper Club with Lucas Chandler

Lucas Chandler, Chef/Owner, Blank Slate Supper Club.

  Lucas Chandler, formerly of Il Posto, and Jeffrey Webb are debuting their first Blank Slate Supper Club on Sunday, December 15 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Uncle Restaurant. Seating is limited to 15, and will be granted to the first 15 to RSVP. There will be a 10-course meal with wine pairings. Chefs Lucas and Jeffrey are […]

We Have Grapes!

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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 […]

CoBev.com: A new resource for beverage buyers

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This one’s for the folks behind the bar. There’s a new way to find booze in Colorado. No more quarterly directories full of typos, wrong numbers, and outdated brands. No more wondering where to get that one bottle your regular requested. No more building your shopping lists from 15 different lists of suppliers. CoBev is […]

Redefining Your Fall Drinking Routine at P17

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Fall brings many things to the Mile High City: football, cool weather, the promise of ski season. Around the Wagon it represents one of the best times of year for experimental beer and cocktails. There are always autumn staples like pumpkin beers and pumpkin cocktails; I’ve even seen some pumpkin spice wines. All well and […]

What does a 100 PT wine taste like?

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Guest post by Haley Turner, Freelance writer, pop culture maven and sunscreen worshipper. Follow her on Twitter @GrupGirl I am no established wine expert – half the wines I keep at home are closer to the selections available at Trader Joe’s than Napa Valley. However, when one gets invited to taste a wine that has received […]

Adventures in France: A Duck Makes Some Wine

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Once upon a time there was a duck that lived on a farm in France. This duck’s name was Fat Louis. Fat Louis had big dreams. Fat Louis wanted to visit Paris, ski the Alps, and dance the Can-can. Fat Louis left his home in Saint-Chinian to follow his dreams, all of which are depicted […]

Grapes vs. Grains

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“Would you like something besides water with your meal this evening?” What’s your immediate answer? Whatever it might be, keep an open mind, and palate. During this year’s Harvest Week,  The Colorado Brewers Guild takes on the Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology (CAVE). The two will go head to head, pairing against  incredible courses […]

Fermentation Festival coming soon

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Fermentation: the drinker’s favorite chemical reaction.  It’s a magical transformation wherein a yeast enzyme converts sugars into simpler compounds thus turning the average, all-ages beverage into an adults-only elixir of celebration.  If you love beer, wine, or spirits then you’re a fan of fermentation. But wait a minute!  The wonders of fermentation aren’t confined solely […]

Wine Bar Feature: al LADO

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Authentic Spanish tapas? Check. Perfectly paired wines? Check. Passionate wine staff? Check. If you’re looking for the perfect happy hour, I recommend you check out al LADO in Riverfront Park. The wine bar, brought to Denver residents by renowned Chef Richard Sandoval, offers cozy seating, a stunning menu and truly fabulous wines indigenous to Spain. […]

Colorado Urban Winefest – A Wine Drinker’s Recap

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Despite living in Colorado for three years now, I went to (gasp) my first wine festival in this fine state this past weekend. I know, I know; what have I been doing all this time? Well, to be honest, I’ve been buying wine from other states and countries (please forgive me). But thanks to the […]

Win Tickets to Colorado Urban Winefest

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Colorado Urban Winefest returns 1 p.m.-6 p.m. June 8, 2013, to Denver at Infinity Park, 4599 E Tennessee Ave. It will be the centerpiece event of the third annual Colorado Wine Week, offering a celebration of Colorado wine and food. Top Denver restaurants will be alongside many of  Colorado’s top wineries in creating the ultimate in […]

Event Preview: Craft Colorado Throwdown this Thursday!

Haven’t made it to any of the Colorado Wine Week events just yet? Tomorrow’s Craft Colorado Throwdown is not to be missed. The location: Root 25 Taphouse and Kitchen, Hyatt Regency DTC The objective: Settle once and for all which Colorado beverage (Beer, Wine, Spirits) pairs best with food. The menu: Attendees will enjoy food […]

Celebrating the Underdog: Colorado Wine Week

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In a state known for its plethora of microbreweries, for many libation debauchees, it comes as a surprise that there are over 100 wineries bringing viticulture to prominence across the Rocky Mountains. And on Sunday, June 2, 2013, vintners, aficionados and wine enthusiasts alike will kick off the 3rd Annual Colorado Wine Week. In 2011, Governor John […]

Big Eat – A Small Bite Event

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This Sunday, May 26, marks the third annual Big Eat. Presented by EatDenver, Big Eat is an opportunity to taste small bites from independent Denver restaurants. And breweries. And wineries. And distilleries. The $40 admission grants you unlimited tastes – don’t be greedy though, try one of everything! – and two drinks, as well as […]

The Good Fight for the Sulfite

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Don’t be afraid! Yes, sulfites are in your red, white, and rose wine. However, they have been given a bad wrap. Sulfites have played the role of scapegoat since the 1980’s and have been falsely accused of inducing countless headaches and other adverse conditions. At Il Posto, I often hear the exclamation, “I can’t drink […]

Earls Brings an East Coast Classic to Denver

Denver's best lobster roll.

I once thought that a well-made lobster roll could only be found in New England. After sampling the lobster and prawn roll from Earls Kitchen + Bar, I am willing to admit I was wrong – good lobster rolls can exist outside of New England, and we have a perfect example right here in Denver. […]

Upcoming Event: DAM Uncorked, Friday April 12th

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If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, join me for the DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting and taste from the more than 300 wines from vintners around the world! This Friday marks the 13th annual Uncorked event at DAM, and serves as the museum’s largest fundraiser, which supports exhibitions and programming. The event, […]

What’s In My Liquor Cabinet – Dessert Wine

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Sometimes you end up with a bottle of wine you don’t know what to do with. After tasting a bunch of exceptional wines from Colorado’s own Sutcliffe Vineyards, our parting gift was the Doce Pecado, a quality dessert (port) wine made from Cabernet and fortified with a 10 year old brandy. I do have somewhat […]