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.
Anarkos is a red wine blend made of the autochthonous southern Italian varieties Primitivo, Malvasia, and Negramaro. Primitivo has been recently genetically identified to be the European parent of the Zinfandel grape, therefore this wine from the Puglia region shares many of the same characteristics as its popular American cousin.
The wine enters your glass with a deep crimson/purple hue. On the nose you might sense aromas of fall baking spice and ripe black fruit; hints of stewed red raspberries are also present. The palate bursts with bright and juicy fruit flavors followed by soft and supple tannins.
This is a wine that is easily enjoyed with just about any occasion. Sale $12.99 (normally $14.99)
The grapes used in the Butternut Chardonnay were harvested from various sites in California including Napa, Sonoma, Sierra Foothills, and Monterey. The grapes were picked at optimum time and fermented in stainless steel. The wine was later aged on French oak.
Aromas of peach, hazelnut and spiced candied apple. Round, creamy notes of fig, butterscotch and sweet oak. Butternut Chardonnay pairs well with Asian dishes, grilled fish and pork sausages. $18.99
The 2012 Central Coast Pinot Noir is 49% Mission Ranch (Monterey), 49% Cedar Lane (Monterey), and 2% Vecino Vineyard (Potter Valley). 80% of this vintage is Pommard Clone (We love the Pinot funk) with 20% Dijon clones for fruit and jamminess. All of the Monterey vineyards are farmed under the Central Coast Vineyard Team’s Sustainable Points Program and the Potter Valley fruit is Biodynamic. The wine was aged in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fill French oak barrels for 9 months. The various lots were harvested in the 22 Brix range, 100% destemmed, and co-fermented (with the exception of the Potter Valley fruit.) Native yeast fermentation, this wine with it's nose of cherry cola and crushed cranberry, would pair deliciously with Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. $21
This is a structured Cabernet with a balance of flowers and oak, subtle notes of vanilla and spice interwound with violets and roses. The Cultivar Napa Cabernet has aromas of ripe black currant and plums. Rich on the palate, it is bright and fruit-driven with a long finish. The perfect wine with grilled meats and hard cheese. $24.99
Showcased by the glass at many destination restaurants, both at home and abroad, this wine is a bridge between the leaner California Chardonnays of the '70’s and those being made today. A blend of complimentary sites with tough, stony creekbed soil in Carneros, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley. Fermented in 100% stainless steel (no oak) using wild yeasts. Aged sur-lie with no battonage. Ideal pairings would be crab cakes, fish & chips or a lobster roll. $26 bottle
The Secateurs Chenin Blanc comes from a vineyard located on the northern side of Paardeberg Mountain. The vines were planted in the 1950s and 1960s and are currently dry-farmed as biologically as possible. The wine spends 7 months on its gross lees in concrete tanks with occasional stirring to add body and richness. The aromas consist of flint and honey, orange blossom and white stone fruit. The incredible texture holds its own next to dishes with cream and butter sauces, perfect pairings may include shrimp scampi or goat cheese ravioli. $15.99
In the early 1970s, Michel and Louis Bronzo of Chateauneuf de Pape fame decided to acquire the Bastide Blanche property in Bandol. Their winemaking expertise was rewarded when vintage conditions in 1993 put Bandol and the Bastide Blanche on the map of top Southern French producers. The 2010 is no exception, as this 100% Mourvedre is powerful and slightly game-y with licorice, fig and plum flavors and soft but lengthy tannin structure and acidity. This dense wine pairs well with grilled meat, duck and venison as well as most hard cheeses. $28
Not only do we wax poetic about our favorite wines, we also love bicycles! We love them so much we offer discounts to Denver B-Cycle members. Stop by with your little red bike and save.
Amendment XXI opened its doors in the Lower Highlands neighborhood almost three years ago. Where has the time gone? As a new business in the neighborhood, we wish to thank all of our loyal patrons and supporters for helping us have a successful opening. We couldn't have done it without you...
Fall weather brings out the best in craft cocktails. What's better than a sultry and mildly sweet Manhattan on a chilly October evening?
If you're looking to make classic Manhattans this Fall, look no further: we have everything you need. The next time you're hankering for a whiskey cocktail, try this recipe on for size:
2 oz. High West Double Rye Whiskey
1 oz. Contratto Vermouth Rosso
2 dashes Fee Brothers Bitters
1 Luxardo Maraschino Cherry
Stir the rye, vermouth and bitters well with cracked ice. Strain into in a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the Luxardo maraschino cherry.