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.
Indulge Wine Bar'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.
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).
It sounds like a miracle?but it's very real. Customers at Water 2 Wine experience the magic of transforming grapes, water, and time into something wonderful. First they select the fruits of one of the finest vineyards in the world, then they work alongside a wine-making team to initiate the fermentation process. Then it's just a matter of waiting, designing a customized label, and picking up the batch of bottles about a month-and-a-half later. In the meantime, they can stop in to check in on their slowly developing wine, and try a glass of one of the winery's own varietals.