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.
Frasca chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and sommelier Bobby Stuckey have teamed up once again to bring us a delightful and affordable white wine from Italy's northern Friuli region. The blend is comprised of 70% Friulano, the namesake variety of the region, and 30% Chardonnay.
This crisp and refreshing white was aged in stainless steel containers and maintains a star bright appearance. The nose offers intense aromatics of fresh cut white flowers and crisp apple. The palate is clean with medium weight and a pleasant mouthfeel. Try this white field blend with grilled fish, green vegetables, and salads. $12.99
If you have any issues/questions while I am out of town, please refer to Josh Patton. Josh can help trouble-shoot issues with the computer, POS system, etc. Scott Garrett is also a possible resource.
When deliveries arrive at the back door, it's imperative that we take a few moments and review the invoice with the driver in relation to the product delivered. Once the invoice is signed by us and the driver leaves, it is very difficult to fix any issues or mistakes on that invoice.
For example, the invoice has a case of Lenore Syrah on it, but the Lenore was not actually delivered. IF you sign for the invoice and the driver leaves, it will be very hard to dispute this error with the liquor company.
Therefore, there are a few steps and tips to follow when accepting a delivery:
- Drivers will always be in a hurry. They can be obnoxious, impatient, and angry about the parking in the neighborhood. If you have customers in the store and cannot immediately address the driver and the invoice, politely tell the driver that he/she will have to wait a few minutes. DO NOT LET THE DRIVER BULLY OR INTIMIDATE YOU. We are the customer and we will address the invoice when we can.
- Our first priority is always our customers in the store. Please offer our customers optimum customer service, even if a driver is waiting. The driver can wait for us.
- When you are ready to review the invoice, grab a pen and start with the first line and move down the list. Make sure you physically see the product and make sure it is the same product that is listed on the invoice. Once you determine that the line item on the invoice corresponds with a physical product (a case of wine, a case of beer, a bottle of liquor, etc), then make a check mark next to the item on the invoice and move to the next line item.
- Drivers make mistakes. They leave product on the truck, and sometimes don't even really know what they are delivering. They should not be trusted completely. IF you see an item on the invoice that has not been physically delivered, then show the driver the invoice and ask him/her to find the product.
- If the driver cannot find a missing item, then he/she needs to make a notation on BOTH COPIES of the invoice so we can short pay the invoice and address the issue with the sales person. If an item gets broken on the truck, the driver needs to make a notation on the invoice. If anything is not delivered, it must get noted on the invoice.
- Please be careful reading the invoices. Sometimes we order full cases, sometimes we order single bottles. When reading an invoice, make sure you look at the ENTIRE line item and you understand whether the product that has been delivered was supposed to be a CASE or a single UNIT.
- Once you have reviewed the invoice and determined everything listed on the invoice is present, then you can sign the invoice and keep one copy for our records. Invoices always go in the space between the cash register and the POS receipt printer. Please do not lose the invoices!
The daytime shift may be a bit slower regarding sales & customer flow. This means that the person working in the daytime will spend most of the time preparing the store for the evening person. This means:
The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Company was started to share barrels of rare and delicious whiskey, hidden away and nearly forgotten in the back of rickhouses and distilleries.
Stories of these lost whiskeys have become the stuff of legend. The goal is to bottle these rare, small offerings for the world to try.
Every Orphan Barrel is hand bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee, to ensure that these rare whiskeys are treated with the care they deserve – because some of them will only be available once. And once they're gone, they're gone forever.
Barterhouse Kentucky Bourbon:
Twenty years in American Oak will make your average spirit a bit mellow. Take all the fight out. Well this here is no ordinary spirit, and twenty years is long enough to pick up a trick or two. For one barrel in particular, it was long enough to develop the gift of a silver tongue. The old rickhouse hands had it written off as a rumor. A character so smooth, it could clean out the card sharps and take the shirt off a travelling salesman's back.
But the rumors were true. And when the chips are in, a smooth operator can be mighty persuasive indeed. One sip of Barterhouse Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and you just might find yourself forgiving Robert Johnson for trading his soul to the very devil himself.
Tasting notes include warm biscuits and buttercream, with spice and brown sugar in the finish.
"Domaine de Saint-Lannes spreads across the sprawling slopes so typical of the region. The surface under vine is 49 hectares with a clay and limestone soil which is an ideal site for the white grape varieties grown there. The south facing slopes ensure early ripening as well as perfect drainage. The continental climate, hot summers and cold winters, is beneficial for the healthy development of the vegetative cycle of the vines. The average age of the vines is 27 years.
Pale yellow with silvery glints and a youthful rim. Vibrant aromas of lively citrus and exotic fruit on the nose give way to a fresh, nicely balanced palate and long finish that is clean and aromatic."
This Cotes de Gascogne makes for a refreshing aperitif, or pairs well with salads, goat's cheese, charcuterie, fois gras, and delicate white fish.
"Domaine du Salvard has been a working domaine since 1898, through five hardworking generations of the Delaille family. Today, all forty-two hectares of vineyards are farmed by the capable brother team of Emmanuel and Thierry Delaille, with help from their father Gilbert.
The Brothers Delaille must have chosen "Unique" because of its incredible taste and ridiculously low price. Clean, bright, and zesty, this little vin de pays is your perfect solution to just about everything you can possibly imagine." $16.99
"The wines of Gachot-Monot represent some of the best values in the Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant portfolio – not because they are the least expensive, but because they offer an outstanding price-to-quality ratio. Damien Gachot may work the vineyards of the lesser known Côtes de Nuits Villages appellation, but he works his vines as if they were premier cru fruit from Nuits-Saint-Georges. This fifth-generation vigneron and his Danish wife, Lise, farm twelve hectares in the village of Corgoloin, in between Nuits-Saint-Georges and Beaune.
To get to the nitty gritty: you get a lot of Burgundian style, class, depth, and complexity for a great price."
"The lost hamlet of Blagny, up in the hills between Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault in the Côte d'Or in Burgundy, is home to Domaine Comtesse Bernard de Chérisey. You may have heard the name "Blagny" before, attached to a bottle of premier cru Meursault-Blagny, or perhaps even a bottle of the increasingly rare Blagny rouge. Monks were the first inhabitants, planting vines in the 14th century. This almost magical, lost-in-time corner of the world boasts a unique microclimate, with a slightly different average temperature, exposition and soil than the rest of Burgundy.
The de Chérisey Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru La Genelotte is from a vineyard just north of Blagny, on the Meursault side of course, high on the slope above the village. The wine is a powerful, classic, long-lived Meursault. The Genelotte vineyard is also a monopole meaning Laurent and Hélène are sole proprietors.
This has a lot of flesh for a Blagny, and a character more rustic than the Puligny's, as usual. And oh, those stones! You can taste and feel them."
Long and hot Summer days SCREAM for Rosé and we have quite a few to choose from. One of our favorites is the 'Gris de Gris' from Domaine de Fontsainte found in France's southern Corbieres appellation.
"A direct and considerable freshness - the density and richness of the fruit mingle with the superb acid vitality giving a wine with a frisson and a magnificent persistency.
Stunningly balanced, this is an extremely appetent wine! Ideal as an aperitif with toast and crushed olives, or with wok-fried vegetables and garlic mayonnaise, grilled fish, lamb tajine, finely roasted guinea-fowl with rosemary..."