The wine will be pouring today through November 10: Wine Country International is hosting the ninth annual Denver International Wine Festival, a five-day festival that highlights the creative cuisine of Colorado chefs and over 300 international wines from fifteen countries. Keep reading for the sc ... More >>
Starting today, Comida in the Source will be extending its happy-hour deal all night on Mondays. Happy hour -- including $2 beers, $4 street snacks and $5 margs -- usually runs from 3 to 6 p.m. seven days a week, but on Mondays it will go from 3 p.m. until close. (From 5 p.m. on, the Monday happy ho ... More >>
Winner update: Last week, we asked Cafe Society commenters to guess how many caramel dipping dots the chefs at 1515 Restaurant drop on their deconstructed apple pie, one of the desserts that the restaurant will be featuring on the August 4 Test Kitchen dinner menu. The actual number of dots is 53, ... More >>
There are plenty of chefs who are passionate, hungry, driven. But Kimber Hollar is all that and a merlot burger. "I was thinking earlier today that I'm just this small town girl from a cow town who never thought I'd be doing this," says Hollar, fighting back tears. "This is a big deal, especially fo ... More >>
What's the hardest test you've ever heard of? For many, the bar exam -- the test every aspiring attorney must pass in order to legally practice law -- will come to mind. The test's difficulty cannot be denied; only about 55,000 people pass every year. But the fact is, the test to become a Master S ... More >>
Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman hosted the first-ever Drink Ribera Denver Workshop at Zengo yesterday afternoon; it included an in-depth seminar and walk-around tasting of more than sixty wines from the Ribera del Duero region. Winemaking there dates back 2,000 years to the Roman era; the Tempranil ... More >>
Update: We have a winner of our Summer of Riesling tasting at Bones contest giveaway. Earlier this week, we asked Cafe Society readers to guess how many glasses of Riesling were served at Bones, Luca d'Italia and Mizuna during the month of April. Congrats to CBart, who guessed 420 glasses; the actua ... More >>
I don't know about you, but I've never had a "merlot burger" -- a burger that's been injected, literally, with the deep blue-hued wine grape. But come mid-May, all of us will have the opportunity to try one when Drakes Haus, a restaurant that, in fact, squirts merlot into its burgers, opens in Bould ... More >>
If you love pinot noir and chardonnay -- specifically, the particularly revered varieties which hail from the postage stamp-sized wine-producing region of Burgundy, France -- you may want to buy a lottery ticket today. See also: - The Boulder Burgundy Festival delivered the juice - Four top wine t ... More >>
For the past three years, certified sommelier and chef Kendra Anderson has penned a weekly "Swirl Girl" wine column for Westword, giving readers -- novices and bona fide oenophiles alike -- crash courses that detail her love for the grape, and now she's taken her passion one step further. Anderson h ... More >>
Welcome to 2013 and the next year of your wine-drinking life. Over the past twelve months we saw a slew of clever new wine concepts worth trying, and a whole lotta wine-related WTFs to studiously avoid. All the while we watched and waited, eyes peeled for signs of the wine-related developments that ... More >>
Last week, we poured out a little guidance on what you might sneak under the tree (or Festivus Pole, or whatever) that would add a little splash of joy in the lives of any wine lover on your list. But we failed to include any actual wine in that grouping, because we believe it deserving of a special ... More >>
Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with the big, new kitchen. They often bring some of their market's choicest ingredients home with them and cook up a feast. When it comes to prunes, there ... More >>
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey will release the latest batch of its highly-prized, limited-edition Snowflake series at 9 a.m. on Saturday. This one was cask- conditioned for months in two hand-picked Malbec barrels from Denver's Spero Winery. The distillery puts out one or two Snowflake series batche ... More >>
It seems like everybody and their neighbor wants to be in the wine business. Last week, we spilled the juice on Denver-based Club W's first year in the monthly wine club business. While we found their edgy-cool offerings well worth the hype, as we did our research we couldn't help noticing that the ... More >>
Delicious bottles of wine. Hand-selected for you by industry pros, based on your personal palate's preferences. Shipped directly to your door, every month, for less than $40. Welcome to the club -- that is, Club W. See also - Four ways to give the gift of wine (and buy local) this holiday season - ... More >>
The Rocky Mountain French American Chamber of Commerce will host the fourteenth annual Beaujolais and Beyond Food & Wine Festival at Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 East Kentucky Avenue, tonight from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The fundraiser features more than twenty local restaurants, and participating che ... More >>
No matter who you were pulling for in last night's Presidential contest, if you were on the losing side, you undoubtedly heard more than a few of your disgruntled peeps threaten to move to Canada in protest. Well, before you start packing your bags, we thought it only proper to give you the lowdown ... More >>
"The first duty of wine is to be red; the second is to be a Burgundy." So say many hard-core oenophiles around the world, for whom the sun rises and sets according to the vintage charts, weather forecasts and harvest projections associated with a relatively tiny (we're talking roughly 200 miles) ... More >>
Wine drinkers typically skew into two categories: those who love the taste of dirt, and those who are all about big fruit flavors. Put another way, the first group consists of peeps who worship at the altar of everything old world, including wines from across the pond (read: Europe), usually in a st ... More >>
Last week, we introduced you to four uniquely delicious red wines that seemed as though they were destined for autumnal consumption from the day they were bottled. And while it's true that our seasonal wine cravings generally give the edge to reds over whites, there are a multitude of compelling rea ... More >>
What makes a red wine fall -- or should we say, fall in love -- worthy? Given the record-setting quantities of rosé we consumed over the past few months, you might assume that getting us to loosen our death grip on pink wines would equal a Herculean feat.
The Colorado wine industry is having a kick-ass year. In fact, we might even say that 2012 will go down as the one in which our state's wine biz officially blew up. Let's rewind: In April, our fair city hosted the fourth annual Drink Local Wine conference, a national affair that lured a clique of t ... More >>
If you're anything like us, then at times your veins may seem to be pumping pure bubbly. But if you're not, then we reckon there are at least two guaranteed occasions upon which you find yourself consuming drinks made with sparkling wine: Sunday brunch and New Year's Eve.
Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be another day dedicated to the celebration of...well, anything, oenophiles around the country will raise filled-to-the-brim glasses to toast National Cabernet Day on Thursday. While it's easy to dismiss these booze-filled events as just another excuse t ... More >>
Right or wrong, French wines seem to conjure up images of wood-paneled studies where "serious" oenophiles sip Burgundy and debate Bordeaux futures. Italian wine perceptions run the gamut -- you've got Barolo fanatics who kneel before the throne of King Nebbiolo along with fans of simpler stuff like ... More >>
Is Bobby Stuckey, co-owner of Frasca Food and Wine, Wine Enthusiast's Sommelier of the year? He just might be. But even if he isn't, one thing is for certain: Bobby Stuckey is a rock star.
As Denver's restaurant scene contunues its evolution into one that can compete with more widely-known culinary meccas, the wine programs at some of the city's top eateries have tightened up their game significantly, too. That's great news, right? Trouble is, one foodie's wine list nirvana can be pe ... More >>
Wine -- just like every sport, art form, hobby or leisure pursuit -- has a language all its own. And while someone just learning to cook would likely realize that the intimidating task of understanding what terms like "sauté" or "chiffonade" mean is simply another step in that process, why is it th ... More >>
There are almost too many reasons to love (and drink) pink during summer. When the living is easy, wine should be, too; nothing fussy or elaborate needs to be uncorked (or more often these days, unscrewed) when it's too damned hot to do anything but lounge. And the very best part of rosé season? Fi ... More >>
There's nothing more delicious than an evening spent in the company of friends, enjoying the magical experience that is the simultaneous consumption of inspired cuisine and grape-based libations -- otherwise known as food and wine. Layer on top of that the fact that we can enjoy these heavenly event ... More >>
The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary this year, is the gastronomic and vinous equivalent of every foodie and wine lover's mecca; it's our golden fleece, our Holy Grail, our industry's version of the Olympics.
True confession: We rarely go to Jax Fish House in search of amazing wine. That's not to say that we never go there. In fact, we've had more meals at Jax than you can shake a fish stick at. Way back in the day when folks were still a bit skeptical about the availability of fresh, quality seafood in ... More >>
I've had some exquisite food at Opus, the Littleton restaurant that's orchestrated by executive chef Sean McGaughey, who took over the burners after opening chef Michael Long departed the fine-dining restaurant to spearhead the kitchen at Aria, which opened in late 2010 in Cherry Creek. Long parted ... More >>
What do Governor John Hickenlooper and chef-restaurateur Frank Bonanno have in common?
It took everything we had not to start giggling uncontrollably.
"I'll have the chardonnay, thanks." After overhearing this from a nearby diner during a recent restaurant meal, followed immediately by the withering response, "Seriously? A chardonnay?" from said diner's snarky companion, we realized that chardonnay still has a bullshit reputation.
If you were hoping to attend tonight's vintage wine dinner at Le Central, 112 East Eighth Avenue, and don't have a reservation, you're too late -- that event is sold out, although the restaurant does have a waiting list. There are still some spots left at these two events, however:
We are so ready for a vacation. With five full weeks to go before the official start of summer, the last few days of sunshine (especially after all that rain) have been damn near torturous. You could say that weather like this brings out the hedonist in us -- and as such, brings on a craving for wi ... More >>
Imagine a magical tool that would bring together -- in a single location -- myriad information sources that fuel your passion for wine. An online (or mobile, for that matter) destination that collects on your behalf all manner of insightful information designed to keep you up to date -- on a moment ... More >>
A little more than nine months ago, we ruffled a lot more than a few feathers by voicing our opinion on the local wine industry. Everyone from the Front Range Winery Association to hobbyist vintners juiced over where we got the balls to speak our minds on such an -- unbeknownst to us -- unbelievabl ... More >>
There are two kinds of wine drinkers: Some seek out new wines like so many blind dates, eager to make the acquaintance of a lover more intriguing than the last; others are more like serial monogamists -- they form long-standing relationships with specific grapes, regions or winemakers to whom they r ... More >>
A sun-soaked, 75-plus degree afternoon for the Rockies' home opener. Buds blooming on the trees outside our terrace. Flip-flop adorned feet everywhere we look. Seems it's been an age since Denver enjoyed a springtime as warm and inviting as this one -- and the early onset of balmier temps has brough ... More >>
We get it: You love wine. You subscribe to Wine Spectator, the staff at your neighborhood wine shop know you on sight, and you're contemplating an addition to your home to accommodate your burgeoning collection of bottles. There's more to being a wine lover, though, than simply drinking everything ... More >>
Remember a couple of weeks ago, when we systematically broke down the entirely undeserved bad rap (pun intended) on moscato? That put us in the mindset of another, equally beleaguered wine that we now feel compelled to turn you onto. We already know this one's gonna be a tougher sell, because people ... More >>
The gather and huddle in the early afternoon, often under the threat of ominous skies threatening to dump buckets of snow in their champagne flutes and on their foie gras. But that doesn't stop the hearty oenophiles and gastronauts from making the airborne gondola pilgrimage to the mountaintop picni ... More >>
As you may have noticed, spring has been threatening to commence here in Denver for the past several weeks. In spite of the fact that our split-personality-disorder-of-a-weather-pattern may at any moment revert to what we should have been subjected to since February, our seasonal wine drinking habit ... More >>
Bobby Stuckey's wine team at Frasca Food and Wine is one of the most formidable in the state, and the crew is frequently praised for its deep, well-built cellar and the knowledgeable, well-spoken sommeliers who create unforgettable pairing experiences for diners, whether their taste is California Ca ... More >>
Sherry, a fortified Spanish wine that ranges from light and dry to round and sweet, has fallen by the wayside as a fashionable beverage. In fact, we're willing to bet that today more people associate sherry with old ladies or cooking wine than with something they'd pair with dinner. Brett Zimmerman ... More >>