Hospitality industry professional Leo Bortolotto has worked in the realm of fine wine and food for more than a decade. He spent several years in Europe learning the finer points of pairing European cuisine with the ideal complement of wine. He shared his passion for the culture by leading rafts of tourists in exploring renown and rare Italian wineries. Leo’s decision to relocate to his adopted home of Denver, Colorado was with the intention of realizing his vision for an eclectic and customer-focused wine boutique. This venture, a retail wine shop in the Lower Highland community of downtown Denver, is a journey every wine lover must make.
The Contratto winery has over 140 years of winemaking history and was the first in Italy to make a Metodo Classico. The "For England Brut Rosé" 2009 was highly sought after in the 1920's and 30's by the Vatican and many royal houses of Europe and as far as the British Empire. It is the perfect wine for your forthcoming holiday celebrations. Light salmon color and the promise of millions of tiny bubbles, this sparkler is great with appetizers and fish. The nose is crisp and reminescent of oranges and apricots while the wine itself is complex with minerality, freshness and a long finish. Only 1,375 cases made. $49.99
What are YOU bringing to your Holiday party?
Amendment XXI proprietor Leo Bortolotto and Chris Parente of KDVR's The Everyday Show review a few Holiday libations.
Our inaugural ¡ Drink Pink ! Rosé wine tasting event was a huge hit! Mark your calendars for next Spring's edition.
A Rosé wine tasting extravaganza!
We carry much more than just wine and craft beer. We also have a unique selection of craft-spirits including Leopold Brothers, Stranahan's, and 303 Vodka, along with well known brands such as Ketel One, Grey Goose, and Maker's Mark, just to name a few.
You can count on us to be on the lookout for interesting, eclectic, and fun wines! Stop in and we'll tell you all about our latest wine crush.
Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!
Every third Thursday of November, wine consumers around the world wait with bated breath for the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau. A tradition which extends back to the 1960s, the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau is a celebration which signifies the release of the first wine from the most recent vintage. Beaujolais Nouveau was harvested only weeks ago, crushed, vinified, bottled, and shipped in time for the traditional arrival date. A perfect accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner.
Vinified in the traditional manner and in compliance with the Beaujolais wine, it comes from the south of the Beaujolais area, named the Pierres dorées. This wine has a deep red color with garnet reflections. A nose of fresh fruit typical of Beaujolais Nouveau. On the palate, the attack proves a good liveliness with fruits acidulated flavors, followed by a pleasant sensation of freshness and good length. $15.00
Typical light red of Nebbiolo with blueberry, roses, violet, raspberry and mint aromas. An intrinsic minerality, with lingering hints of sage, entices with bright red fruit, silky tannins and stunning elegance, a thoroughly enjoyable Barbaresco. This wine will easily age for 20 to 25 years.
Ideal with grilled food, sauced and roasted red meat and wild game.
91 points - James Suckling (2009 vintage)
93 points - Wine Advocate (2009 vintage)
Arcangelo is made with 100% Primitivo in Italy's southern Puglia region. Primitivo has been recently genetically identified to be the European father of the Zinfandel grape; therefore the wine shares many of the same jammy, stewed fruit characteristics as its American cousin.
Palamà is a small estate in a sea of gigantic producers–a speck of an island on the Salento Peninsula–and they would have it no other way. With perhaps the lowest yields in the entire appellation, Palamà is committed to the highest quality "everyday" wines that can be produced, without the fuss of new oak, just ripe, fresh, powerful fruit. This Primitivo is a delight; lush, yet bright and approachable, with notes of dark anise, cedar, and blackberry confit. $16.99
This Merlot-driven Bordeaux blend out of Columbia Valley, Washington has firm tannins and a lean core of black cherry, licorice, coffee and tobacco. Tightly structured with an impressive finish. It's comprised mainly of Merlot with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from Klipsun and Den Hoed Vineyards. Drink now through 2018. Only 421 cases were made, it won't last long! $39.99
SF Chronicle says: "Napa native Travis Scarborough has devised one of the best Washington blends, showing both the fresh tannins of Cabernet from up north with the succulent berry fruit of Merlot. The Royale combines heady jasmine, tea and bayberry accents for a wine that's alluring and just a bit mysterious, with a subtle earthy side."