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.
Awarded Readers' Choice for Best Salon from the Aurora Sentinel in 2009, Saddle Rock employs a squad of knowledgeable staffers to help keep muscles relaxed and tresses and skin living up to their pulchritudinous potential. Opt for a women's haircut and color ($104) or a women's haircut and partial or full highlight ($116 and $136, respectively) to keep your noggin from feeling ashamed and hiding under stocking caps during business meetings. Patrons can also select virgin or retouch relaxers ($135 and $120 when bundled with women's cuts) for 'dos newly restored to the straight-and-narrow. Saddle Rock's ample supply of Redken ($4–$28), Eufora ($10–$26) and DermOrganic ($10–$50) products help preserve the relationship between humans and their head pets even away from the salon.
For more than 35 years, Heritage Wine and Liquor has lined its shelves with wines, beers, and spirits from throughout the world. A staff of knowledgeable and approachable beverage experts mans the 14,000-square-foot, Old-World style store, guiding customers toward their favorite bottles or offering suggestions for a new and exciting choice. Wine racks, liquor shelves, and beer coolers teem with both beloved stand-bys and unheard-of novelties, as the owners carefully select items both from brand-new microbreweries in the area and world-renowned wineries and distilleries overseas. Complimentary Friday-afternoon tastings acquaint customers with new varieties, and the shop continues to give back to its community by donating to area schools and charitable organizations.
It sounds like a miracle?but it's very real. Customers at Water 2 Wine experience the magic of transforming grapes, water, and time into something wonderful. First they select the fruits of one of the finest vineyards in the world, then they work alongside a wine-making team to initiate the fermentation process. Then it's just a matter of waiting, designing a customized label, and picking up the batch of bottles about a month-and-a-half later. In the meantime, they can stop in to check in on their slowly developing wine, and try a glass of one of the winery's own varietals.