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.
At Spa Moments, a team of beauty experts promotes tranquility in a clean, modern space complete with rich hardwood floors and a red-and-black-themed reception area. They perform soothing hot-stone massages, anti-aging facial treatments, and relaxing mani-pedis. The spa uses professional products such as St. Tropez sunless tanning formulas, and they have created an express-service menu ideal for lunch breaks or rush hour, that time of the day when standing still is frowned upon.
Desert Moon Vineyards, named after the founders watched a full moon rise over the Grand Mesa, inspires palates with wines grown in a 10-acre vineyard and nearby Colorado plots. In the arid Grand Valley countryside, the vino experts harvest cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and syrah in small batches with sustainable farming methods, such as minimal spraying and hand picking.
Vino de Milo’s line of artisan sauces are crafted by hand in small batches using fresh local ingredients, herbs, and just a hint of wine. No sugar is added, and each sauce is gluten-free. The starter kit sample pack includes seven of the company’s best sellers: Portobello Shiraz pasta sauce, roasted garlic Chianti pasta sauce, creamy light French dressing salad dressing, balsamic and olive oil salad dressing, artichoke garlic bruschetta, black olive and currant bruschetta, and spicy sun-dried bruschetta. Each artisan dressing is artistically dressed in a colorful label from graphic designer Kevin Morgan. Today’s deal also includes shipping, giving people plenty of time to stay home and prep absorbent edibles for a new, tangier life.