Avanti Winery handcrafts its own signature wine blends alongside more than 25 local Colorado wines, furnishing oenophiles with myriad grownup grape-juice choices. A bottle of chardonnay ($16.95) transports hints of vanilla, lemon, almonds, and hazelnuts to taste buds, and the popular white table wine ($16.95) melds five varietals potent enough to charm palates and steal guests’ girlfriends at dinner parties. Swill sips of Avanti's table red wine ($17.95) or uncork the signature cabernet sauvignon ($22.95), bursting with maroon-tinged fruits. The merlot ($22.95) introduces cherries and a dry finish to palates, and the port III’s dashes of caramel, cherry, and chocolate ($24.95) form a trio of dessert flavors in tipsifying liquid form. Avanti Winery also offers free wine tastings Thursday–Sunday from a different Colorado winery each month.
Thanks to its impressive selection of varietals from more than 95 local wineries, The Wines of Colorado has been lauded as "one of the most unique wine shops in the country" by Wine Trail Traveler and featured in the Wall Street Journal. Inside, a mural of larger-than-life bottles lines one wall, and an adjacent room houses an expansive tasting counter that stocks a lineup of bottles filled with Colorado reds and whites, which are often compared to Californian vinos. Their food has received it?s fair share of recognition as well, earning numerous awards, including Best Creekside Dining from the Gazette in 2010 and 2011. The chefs sizzle up signature buffalo wine burgers and creamy dill mahi-mahi, which guests can enjoy on the pine-tree-lined outdoor patio as they sip wine mere steps away from the burbling Fountain Creek.
Giant cheshire cat grins stretch across the metal tanks at Wonderland Brewing Company?and most likely, a similar smile will soon spread over anyone who steps inside the brewery's tap room. Twelve taps line the bar here, showcasing some of the brewmasters' greatest Belgian, American, and English beer creations. Depending on the season, the brews flowing might be Belgian blondes and stouts, traditional pale ales and spring hefewiezens, or winter ales and pumpkin beers.
Despite their ambitious beer lineup, the team found themselves with an abundance of extra room in their 9,000 sq. ft. facility. So they filled it?not with ugly plants and thousands of spare bathroom keys, but with six tournament-style ping pong tables. They also put basketball courts outside and left open spaces for food trucks and special events, such as live music and pub trivia.
According to a 2013 article in the New Yorker, Colorado is No. 3 in the nation in terms of number of craft breweries (it has 151 altogether). According to that same article, the number of craft breweries continues to grow every year in almost every state. It seems like people can't get enough of the inventive craft beer flavors made by beer lovers from breweries such as Broomfield's Big Choice Brewing.
Located Southwest of 120th and Main in Broomfield, Big Choice Brewing is a little off the beaten path. It offers pints and growlers of their 10,000 Summers Saison, brewed with wildflower honey, or the #42 Poblano Stout, which contains poblano peppers. To make the beer tastings more of an experience, Big Choice offers in-house movie nights and trivia nights.
The very first Denver International Wine Festival featured 350 wines from 17 countries, and resulted in Mayor John Hickenlooper declaring the span of the event "Denver Wine Week." Today, the festival moves beyond the vine to offer beer, cheese, and gourmet food tastings as well, a combination that attracts such celebrity guests as Top Chef–winner Hosea Rosenberg and chef and restaurateur Kelly Liken.