Since 1999, founder Lino DiFelice has paid tribute to his Italian heritage with customized micro-batch wines made to customers’ specifications—often by the customers themselves. Armed with more than three decades in the business, a staff of experienced oenophiles, and grapes from Italy, France, and California, DiFelice is able to guide his guests through the bottling process as they select the flavors that best suit their tastes. At tastings, customers can mix a concoction from scratch and wait for the fermentation process, or select one of Vintages’ signature reds and whites.
Cuisine Type: Made-from-Scratch Modern American Cuisine
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Gnocchi Mac 'n' Cheese and Ranch Steak
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Come ready to experience a higher level of service and quality of food.
What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?
Chef and owner Howard Brigham grew up in Fort Collins. His parents managed local restaurants here, and he began working in them at the age of 15. He developed his skills and love of creative cuisine over the years, and is proud to own a restaurant in his hometown.
Has your business won any awards?
We received 5 stars from Feasting Fort Collins and Top 10 Date Nights and Top 10 Happy Hours from Style magazine.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our staff is knowledgeable about our wine selections, and loves to help our customers discover a new favorite wine.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
At d'Vine, we use fresh and local ingredients whenever possible. We are a scratch kitchen, and take pride in serving our customers American food with a Mediterranean flair. Our menus change with the season, so we can keep offering our customers new and exciting menus.
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