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.
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.
Located in the Denver Tech Center in Greenwood Village, Water 2 Wine by InVINtions 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. Water 2 Wine by InVINtions Winery also hosts sundry events such as painting classes, Wine Club events, parties, and private soirees.
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.