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.
Voted 5280 Magazine’s wine shop of the year, Incredible houses 13,000 square feet of fine wine, strong spirits, and bubbly brews. Conveniently located near the Sunflower Farmers Market, Incredible features a gargantuan grab bag of global wine. A 2008 Chilean Valdivieso merlot flaunts a micro-oxygenating technique that enhances the elixir’s natural oakiness ($9.99), and a 2006 Cataldi Madonna Trebbiano d’Abruzzo from Italy smacks of crisp fruit and a Pinocchio-wood finish ($18.99).
Located in the Denver Tech Center in Greenwood Village, InVINtions, A Creative Winery is a winery inspired by fruit-forward European varieties, culling grapes from across the globe. The team creates wines that are soft on the palate and intended to age in only a few years. Visitors can take part in guided tastings, or create their own batch of wine with custom bottle labels. InVINtions, A Creative Winery also hosts sundry events such as painting classes, Wine Club events, parties, and private soirees.
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.