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.
Beneath the rustic beams at Old Mill Brewery & Grill, patrons linger over frosty pints of in-house crafted microbrews while chatting near the exposed-brick fireplace. It's here, after all, where local brewers trailblazed the art of creating fine beers before the trend took shape. Today, they continue to produce six stellar beers in styles that range from pilsners to lagers and IPAs to stouts. Bartenders also tap pours of seasonal brews, such as a coconut porter, double IPA, or a fruit-infused raspberry red. Platefuls of home-cooked American fare complement each sip of suds, and include classic burgers and sandwiches along with a slew of succulent entrees—such as homemade fish ‘n’ chips. Nestled in historic downtown Littleton, Old Mill Brewery & Grill welcomes scores of friends and family who flock to its homey charms for a leisurely meal or to enjoy televised sporting events on its big-screen TVs.
The recently opened Delizios boasts an abundant offering of wine alongside its Spanish and Italian-inspired food menu. The staff closely works with experienced sommeliers and on-target oenophiles to prepare the shop's varied list, resulting in enough fermented selections to charm lovers of libations ranging from blushing wines to impossible-to-embarrass pinot grigios. Sip on the La Noble ($26 for a bottle), a full-flavored 2007 French merlot, or sample the Kunde Magnolia Lane ($7.50 for a glass, $26 for a bottle), a 2006 California sauvignon blanc. For champions of champagne who hate to only pop the cork at New Year's Eve parties or on the set of rap videos, the Veuve du Vernay Brut ($7.50 for a glass, $26 for a bottle) provides a dry, sparkling taste ideal for marathon toasts.
For more than 40 years, Pyramid Discount Liquors has been stationed in Littleton, steadily growing its supply of spirits, international wines, and craft beers. Bottles of Breckenridge, Left Hand, and Odells beers fill shelves and coolers, beside domestic and international wines of all varietals. After a stroll through the liquor section, customers can return home to make warming Irish coffees with Bailey's or savor a glass of Bulliet bourbon on the rocks. The shop also encourages a festive atmosphere with free popcorn on Fridays and Saturdays, free brats on special occasions such as the Super Bowl, and clowns that drop from trap doors in the ceiling.
Indulge Wine School's staff of educators, such as Kris in Jacksonville, a wine expert and blogger, expands wine knowledge with ease, having turned the revelry-steeped tassels of nearly 3,000 graduates. Classes of 12–20 take place in venues throughout the United States, as students swirl and sip their study materials and nibble complimentary appetizers. Every class ends with a Q&A session, during which potation professors shine a light on oenophilic mysteries including tannin content and regional differences. Afterward, students continue to ferment knowledge at home with a complimentary electronic copy of Indulge's book A Fun and Informative Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wine, a food-and-wine-pairing chart, and a top-10 list of wine-buying tips.