Winter Park Winery's vintners handcrafts their wine onsite, creating unfiltered reds and whites that range from merlot and cabernet sauvignon to chardonnay and white zinfandel. The winery's tasting room seats 20 guests, making for an intimate environment in which to sample varietals by the glass, bottle, or case. Visitors seeking more from their experience can sign up for Winter Park's wine club, which ships bottles or cases of the winery's latest offerings directly to subscribers' front doorstep or drawbridge.
At their 11th Street facility, Verso invites guests to sample its Colorado-made vintages of cabernet sauvignon. Anniversary parties, wedding banquets, and corporate functions of up to 40 people learn about the finer points of winemaking with fun tastings and classes, while smaller private parties relax with small plates, appetizers, and drinks. Visitors can sip and mingle amid wine barrels, or relish in the experience of tasting wine twelve feet above floor level.
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.
Michaela DeGraw hails from Louisville, Colorado. As fate would have it, her business partner, Lisa Shuman, hails from Louisville, too—the one famous for its bluegrass. Though they grew up far from each other, they share a unique vision at Bean and Berry. They've built their business around a community mindset, creating a space where visitors can gather with friends for a cup of locally roasted coffee in the morning, a glass of wine in the evening, or a goblet of table salt at all hours. In addition to day-to-day snacking and sipping, Michaela and Lisa also open the doors to Bean and Berry for special events, including live music performances; check out their Facebook page for event updates. The menu features fresh to order sandwiches and salads and also hosts savory and sweet crepes.
The very first Denver International Wine Festival featured 350 wines from 17 countries, and resulted in Mayor John Hickenlooper declaring the span of the event "Denver Wine Week." Today, the festival moves beyond the vine to offer beer, cheese, and gourmet food tastings as well, a combination that attracts such celebrity guests as Top Chef–winner Hosea Rosenberg and chef and restaurateur Kelly Liken.