At Bonacquisti Wine Company, founder Paul Bonacquisti crafts traditional and contemporary varietals with a balance of Old-World techniques and modern technical understanding, a method that has produced award-winning wines. Following a family tradition of winemaking that spans three generations, Paul uses the skills passed down from his father, a first-generation Italian American, to craft wines such as the Vinny No Neck, a heavy sangiovese blend. Through extensive studies with the International Wine Guild, Paul used his experience as a strong foundation for technical learning. In addition to carrying certification as an executive sommelier, Paul works to educate customers about wines and dispel common myths about the origin of a red-wine headache and the likelihood of drinking a bottle with a genie trapped inside.
Hop to It! outfits DIY drinkers of every skill level with all the tools and ingredients they need to craft original alcohol in their own home, be it beer, wine, or mead. Although kits come with all the equipment needed to distill your own draught, ingredients are sold separately. On the day you redeem your Groupon, though, you will receive 10% off your first beer recipe. The shop's massive selection of specialty grains, yeasts, herbs, spices, sugars, hops, and malt extracts make it easy to recreate your favorite local brews, such as Boulder Street Wheat ($36.99) and Northern Lights IPA ($44.99). Mad suds scientists, meanwhile, can blend concoctions with coriander seeds ($1.99), sweet orange peel ($2.49), cardamom seed ($2.99), and banana flavoring ($6.49) to discover what a Christmas ale might taste like in Kenya, or with ferment licorice sticks ($1.59) and strawberry flavoring ($7.69) to make Twizzlerbrau.
Sojourning south from his native Minnesota, Jeff Chayer traveled to Texas, where he received his degree in viticulture and oenology. Not far behind was his brother Danny, who followed Jeff to Texas, where he began work at a local winery. Somewhere along the way, as their passion for wine grew, the two decided to travel to Colorado and open Silver Vines Winery. Since then, their tasting room has been named one of the 11 best tasting rooms in Colorado by the Denver Post. Amid massive swaths of exposed brick and gleaming hardwood, the brothers serve a collection of wines forged from Washington and Oregon grapes. The elixirs include a chardonnay, whose citric bouquet meshes with notes of oak, as well as a dessert-style chocolate wine and a range of merlots, syrahs, and cabernet sauvignons. Shelves cradle stacks of bottles, and glasses clink along the long wooden bar, punctuating the rhythms of the live bands who appear on weekend evenings and when they are locked out of the ZZ Top mansion.
Owner and former sommelier Brad Vanderpool and his knowledgeable staff curate an extensive collection of wines, liquors, and microbrews that line the shelves of Primo Vino. Customers, with the help of the store's passionate wine experts, can pair meals or upcoming events with the perfect wine, whether it be a Wyatt pinot noir from California ($18) or a Francois Pinon chenin blanc from Vouvray ($21) already chilled and ready to drink. Armed with two decades of experience in the wine industry and a toy nerf gun, Brad personally samples most of the wines before they come into the store, priming his palate with the Il Conte montepulciano from Italy ($11) before dying his tongue red with Hermosa Vineyards syrah ($20). In addition to sparkling wines such as a Moutard brut grande cuvee ($39), the store also stocks a wide array of scotches, microbrew beers, and empty bottles preloaded with SOS messages. All wines in the store, including those bought with this Groupon, are eligible for a 10% discount for purchases of at least six bottles and a 15% discount for purchases of a dozen or more.