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.
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
This Cabernet - Syrah blend from Washington State is produced by winemaking team Charles Smith and Charles Bieler.
"Tightly focused and precisely defined, with dark berry, chocolate, and rose petal flavors on a supple frame, lingering easily on the polished finish."
Wine Spectator's 'Best Value'
Sourced from several vineyards throughout the Yakima Valley and the Horse Heaven Hills, the 2012 Lenore Syrah shows the more opulent and balanced 2012 vintage with its fruit forward attack and rounded, rich mid-palate texture. Aging in predominantly neutral French oak maintains the bright berry and savory aromatics of this wild, gamey varietal.
Pair this crowd pleasing wine with barbecued babyback ribs, a hearty lamb stew or your favorite burger. Of course she's a beauty on her own as well. $14.00
The Keeper is an incredible value; it's plush and full-bodied, and is approachable now but will age beautifully. Perfectly ripened grapes give this wine notes of savory spices, cigar box and black fruits. On the palate, a rich mouthful of blackberry, cassis and black tea commingle with a velvety, luscious mouthfeel and a long, generous finish. $18.00
Armand de Brignac 'Ace of Spades' Champagne is the darling of celebrities, sports stars, and entertainers alike. And for good reason!
The classic Brut Gold Champagne is marvelously complex and full-bodied, its bouquet is both fresh and lively, with light floral notes. On the palate, the Brut Gold has a sumptuous, racy fruit character perfectly integrated with the wine's subtle brioche accents. The Champagne's texture is deliciously creamy, with great depth paired with a long, silky finish. Our Brut Gold is pressed from a perfectly balanced blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier wine. Armand de Brignac is an extremely small production Champagne and very limited in quantity.
From now until New Year's Eve, Amendment XXI is happy to offer this exclusive champagne for $299.99 /750ml. This is a pre-order item only; if you would like a bottle or two for your Holiday celebrations, please call or email us and we will have it for you the next day. If you need some Ace of Spades for New Year's Eve, please contact us by Monday, December 30th at the latest!
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