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 grapes come primarily from the Asti and Doña Elsa Estate, situated in Rama Caíida, San Rafael, Mendoza, around 2500 ft. (760M) above sea level. It is an ideal climate for the Cabernet Sauvignon grape because of the warm days and cool nights that are typical of the area. The soil is of sandy calcareous composition and alluvial origins. Picked by hand, the grapes went through classic crushing and fermentation, with maceration on skins. The wine was aged for six months in French and American barrels, second and third use. The wine then underwent stabilization, filtering and bottling.
This Cab shows a red-purple color and an enjoyable nose offering spicy aromas, as well as cassis and berry notes. The mouth is balanced, with the aforementioned aromas following through to the palate, enhanced by a pleasing, soft berry-vanilla finish.
Pairs beautifully with red meats, lambs and stews." $13.99
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When one sits and ponders all the fascinating Italian grape varietals that exist, Teroldego doesn't normally make the list. In fact, "Teroldego" (Tear-ahl-de-go) doesn't even SOUND Italian.
That's because the red grape Teroldego hails from the northern Italian province of Trentino-Alto Adige (Südtirol), located on the southern border of Austria. Trentino-Alto Adige is a high alpine area annexed to Italy as a spoil of victory over the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I. Natives of Trentino still speak German as their first language, hence the existence of words like "Teroldego."
This light-bodied red grape has an intense, violet-toned ruby colour which becomes garnet with age. Intense and intriguing violet scented fruit characters, typical of this wine, dominate the nose, becoming full, ethereal and persistent as the wine ages. The palate is warm and sappy with a pleasingly bittersweet aftertaste, well balanced with a good tannin structure. If you had to compare it to another well-known variety, Pinot Noir or Gamay would be a good fit.
The wine's acid structure makes it a great accompaniment to many types of cuisine including stew with dumplings, Italian Speck, minestrone soup, and fresh young cheeses. $19.99
This 100% Garnacha was produced in the Campo de Borja region of Spain and consistently offers great drinking value for its meager price. It's made from 100 year old vineyards and rests for three months in French and American oak casks.
91 points Wine Spectator 2011
"This fleshy red delivers a rich core of blackberry and blueberry compote, accented by toasty vanilla, sweet licorice and cinnamon spice. Well-integrated tannins give this backbone. A bold, modern style. Drink now through 2017."
Crooked Stave produces some very unique beers right here in Denver, Colorado. They typically age their beers in oak casks and use a special strain of yeast known as Brettanomyces. Otherwise known as 'Brett', this diligent little yeast strain lives inside the oak barrels and imparts a slightly sour flavor. If you are a traditional European sour beer-lover, you'll definitely enjoy Crooked Staves' selections
Batch 60 is a limited special release American Wild Ale.
98 points RateBeer.com
"Pours a hazy yellow with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a strong dry light fruit note with some grain and light funk underlying. Flavor has more tartness but lots of dry light fruits with some grass backing."
Malbec is all the rage these days, and for good reason! Affordable and approachable, this Argentine Malbec delivers loads of juicy purple fruit aromas, roasted coffee, and a touch of spice. The tannins are soft and easy and very well integrated.
"Argentina is in the midst of a Revolution. The same restless spirit which is the soul of the Argentine people has ignited a revolution in winemaking. This revolution has hundreds of young winemakers bringing out the natural beauty the vineyards of Argentina have to offer. Best reflected in its signature wines; Malbec and Torrontés. These wines express both power and elegance, soulfull yet unique. A reflection of Argentina itself. It is our passion to spread this spirit of rebellion and originality ¡Viva la revolución!" $12.99
Woody Creek Distillers, located just outside Aspen, Colorado, is the first and only craft distillery in the United States with control over every element of vodka production. WCD grows its own potatoes at Scanlan Family Farm in Woody Creek, Colorado, and sources local fruits, grains and mountain spring water to produce its line of ultra-premium American spirits.
Woody Creek's signature potato vodka is made from only three ingredients: potatoes (native Colorado Rio Grande russet, Chepita and Lady Claire), mountain spring water and yeast. After being washed and mashed onsite at the distillery, the potato mash is then stripped and distilled once to produce its 80-proof vodka.
"On the nose, the spirit is clean and sweet. Drink up for more sweetness — hints of vanilla and buttercream — plus a silky smooth mouthfeel. It finishes very dry with a peppery kick. There's definitely some life in this one." $34.00
Peach Street Distillers is located in Palisade, Colorado, on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains.
This Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made from 60% local corn, 20% rye, 20% two-row malted barley. The grains are open-air fermented in barrels and distilled just once. The Bourbon is aged for a minimum of two years in new American oak casks.
"The nose is sweet, with notes of vanilla and oak. An initial burst of sweet, flavorful corn, followed by notes of mellow cereal, caramel and biscuits with a hint of honey. Well-balanced with a hint of spice from the rye."
Tin Cup is a local, Colorado-born whiskey made with corn, rye, and malted barley. This 84 proof American Whiskey is aged in new charred white oak American barrels and cut with rocky mountain water. It's blended and bottled in Denver, Colorado. Legally speaking, it's bourbon, but what makes TINCUP unique is its high rye content which gives it a bold and spicy flavor. The unique tin cap (tin cup) screws on and can be used for drinking. The Mash Bill is 64% corn, 32% rye, & 4% malt. The whiskey is named after Tincup, CO., an old mining town in Gunnison County, set on the western side of the Colorado Rockies and named for the old cups the miners would drink from. $29.99