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    April 26, 2011

    Are organic wines worth the hype? Here are four worth trying

    ​You're a wine lover. You love our planet. So how many bottles of organic wine did you drink on Earth Day? Oh, yeah, that's right -- zero. And if our guess is correct, it's not because you didn't want to; it's because you had no idea how to drink organic wine. Getting to the straight-up truth ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Three mouth-watering reasons to make torrontes your new spring white

    ​There are a few key elements that seem to magically define what makes a perfect spring wine. Much like the lighter foods you're likely craving come April or May every year, your ideal wine should be as clean, bright and flavorful as a salad of just-picked berries and as aromatic as the seaso ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Five best burger-worthy wines for less than $20

    ​Last week, we gave you the lowdown on our picks for Denver's top five burgers, piquing the ire of quite a few local burger-loving peeps. In the spirit of fueling potentially even more controversy, we felt it only proper for us to spark a whole new debate: What kinds of wine pair best with bur ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011
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    April 5, 2011

    The top three reasons why food and wine pairings absolutely matter

    ​You know how hard you've been working to master the basics of food and wine pairing? Well, if you've been reading the same handful of recent articles we have, then you might be wondering if all that effort has been a big fat waste of time. The flames of this controversy have been fanned by a ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Three more old world wines worth checking out

    ​Last week I threw down a challenge: taste an old world wine next to its new world counterpart and judge for yourself whether old world wines truly deserve their reputation as best in class. Even though I screwed up and included tasting notes from a Rhône wine instead of the Burgundy I was t ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Tonight: Ototo Food and Wine Bar's Pinot Noir-tasting and benefit for Japan

    ​Over the past week, Ototo Food and Wine Bar, Izakaya Den and Sushi Den have raised over $50,000 for the Japanese Red Cross. Each of the restaurants will have donation buckets out for the rest of the month, so that diners can make direct contributions to relief efforts. But from 6 to 8 p.m. t ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Two wines that prove old world still rules

    ​There's been a lot of debate in the wine world of late, the gist of which revolves around whether popular, top-selling new world wines deserve their acclaim. It's an interesting debate, for sure. Are Napa Valley cabs every bit as good as their Bordeaux-based brethren? For that matter, should ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Tonight: Sasa Radikon at Frasca Food & Wine

    Radikon​"This one is really important to me," says Bobby Stuckey, co-owner of Frasca Food & Wine. "I've wanted to get these guys out here since we opened, but I never thought I'd really be able to do it." He's talking about Stanko Radikon and his son, Sasa, who make wine in Friuli, the Italia ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Four fantastic weekday wines to drink with dinner at home

    ​While there's less than four weeks remaining until spring the final days of winter still feel like they are literally crawling by. We're between major holidays, so there's not much to look forward to...unless you can find a way to get excited about the tasty, homemade (or, let's be real -- ta ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Think wine scores don't matter? Three ways to use them to help you drink better wine

    ​ Wow. Who knew that The Infinite Monkey Theorem (aka Denver's little winery that could) scoring Colorado's first 88-point Wine Spectator review would stir up so many passionate responses about the validity of wine reviews? Laura Shunk's scathing critique of most wine industry rags' random, s ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    El Diablo, Ototo dinners should whet your appetite for Denver Restaurant Week

    ​Although Denver Restaurant Week, which starts on February 26, is the real movable feast, two new kids on the restaurant block are offering major deals on Tuesday, February 22. El Diablo, which opened last August at 101 Broadway, is offering its second tequila dinner featuring Republic Tequil ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    88 points in Wine Spectator? Who cares?

    ​I'm sorry, Ben Parsons, but... I don't really care that you and Infinite Monkey Theorem landed an 88 from Wine Spectator.

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    February 16, 2011

    The Infinite Monkey Theorem winery gets major love from Wine Spectator

    ​Valentine's Day came early for Ben Parsons, winemaker/owner of The Infinite Monkey Theorem winery. Not in the form of chocolate-covered corkscrews or any other such frippery; the gift he received was something every Colorado winemaker has been pining away for: a Wine Spectator score of 88 poi ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Three major reasons to fall in love with sherry in 2011

    ​Next Monday is Valentine's Day, and while most adore this heart-riddled holiday, plenty of peeps loathe everything about it. With all the pressure to be coupled up, there's only one thing to do to avoid the drama: fall in love with a sexy, enticing stranger with a past. Be warned: This won't ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Five Super Bowl wines that score big

    ​The Super Bowl ain't exactly designed for wine lovers. Even though wine consumption in the United States is higher than ever, this annual football lovers' celebration (and the vast majority of its commercials) usually revolves around that good old sporting event standby: beer. Don't get me ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Tonight: Wine events at Vita, Arugula, Firenze a Tavola and the Cork House

    ​Today must be a fine day for wine -- how else to explain all the wine-centric events in the metro area? Here's a taste of what's being poured this evening:

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    January 25, 2011

    Pinot Posse wines spark Old World vs. New World debate

    ​Last week's post featuring the wines of the Pinot Posse sparked much debate over the respective merits and flaws of modern, new world-style pinot noir. At one end of the table, we had the new world wine lovers, who revel in bottles bursting with ripe, mouthwateringly juicy fruit, and (though ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Eight great Pinot Posse winemakers strut their juice at Table 6

    ​Imagine an evening wherein eight of the coolest, most talented and down-to-earth pinot noir producers present their hand-picked selections for you to taste -- and by taste, we mean consume liberal amounts of -- while you soak up stories about how the grapes looked at harvest and why the weath ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Five reasons why The Infinite Monkey Theorem might become your favorite winery

    ​It's a bitter drink to swallow, but Colorado's not exactly famous for making outstanding wines. Instead, an invitation to sample Colorado wines is typically met with anything from incredulity to utter scorn. That's not to say that all Colorado-bred wines suck. It's just that there aren't more ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    The best meal I ate all year: Peter Franus wine dinner at Elway's Downtown

    ​When I was invited to a special dinner with winemaker Peter Franus at Elway's Downtown, I was a tad skeptical as to how, exactly, they would cater that meal to my palate. As a vegetarian, I usually turn down invites like this -- I've worked in the restaurant industry for many years, and far b ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    The twelve wines of Christmas 2010: Part two, the best of the rest

    ​With only a few days to go until Christmas, it's time to 'fess up: Have you been naughty or nice? For your sake, here's hoping you've been good enough throughout the year to merit yourself worthy to partake of some seriously good juice between now and the new year. Read on for the continua ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Paul Giese's class at D'Vine Wine: don't overswirl and [Yellow Tail] gets a red light

    J. WohletzSommelier Paul Giese​ Saving the world from wine ignorance, one glass at a time -- that's Paul Giese, executive sommelier, certified wine educator and instructor at last Saturday's chocolate, wine and cheese tasting class held at D'Vine Wine. Giese teaches wine-tasting workshops ide ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Swirl Girl: The twelve wines of Christmas 2010: Part one

    ​Have you ever found yourself pondering the notion that if your goal was to drink a bottle of wine every day from today until your last day on this earth, you'd never have to try the same wine twice? A nobler task may never present itself to you, so what are you waiting for? With just twelve d ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Three sensational wine cocktails to celebrate the holiday season

    ​In case you haven't noticed, 2010 is most definitely going to go down as the Year of the Cocktail. Seems like dozens of swanky, speakeasy-type establishments (complete with throwback-era barkeeps) opened their doors in and around Denver this year, proffering edgy concoctions designed to entic ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    The Blending Cellar in Boulder becomes Cuvee

    ​About a year and a half ago, Jeff and Leah McEachern converted their Boulder space at 946 Pearl Street from a wine-making operation into the Blending Cellar, a wine bar that, despite live music and a prime spot on the west end of downtown Boulder's busiest street, remained pretty quiet most n ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Five dessert-perfect holiday sippers

    ​Remember how when you were little, you couldn't stand broccoli? That's because your palate hadn't matured enough to appreciate all of its crunchy-sweet goodness. Now that you're all grown up, you've probably asked for double portions in your weekly fresh market produce delivery basket, you're ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Six stellar Thanksgiving wines to savor on Turkey Day

    ​You can try to deny it all you want, but Thanksgiving is a mere nine days away. That's right: In exactly one week and two days, you'll be up to your eyeballs in gravy, green bean casserole and drama. If your family is anything like mine, you'll wise up and plan to face the day armed with cop ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Six smokin' good bottles of bubbly that won't break the bank

    ​We about lost our shit this past weekend when, while meandering the aisles of a downtown specialty store, we felt our ears assaulted with -- wait for it -- Christmas carols. Despite the 75-degree temps Denver's seen lately, ready or not, the 2010 holiday party season is upon us, which means ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    A taste of Denver International Wine Festival 2010

    Photo: J. WohletzWine sediment draining at Balistreri​The Denver International Wine Festival celebrated year six with a VIP tour of Front Range wineries and Roundhouse Spirits -- a tour that began Saturday with plenty of wine, ended with plenty of gin, and stuffed the middle with gourmet nibbl ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    The Peter Franus wine dinner at Elway's Downtown catered equally to vegetarian and omnivore palates

    ​Winemaker Peter Franus holds a journalism degree from the University of California at Berkeley -- and his collegiate proximity to Napa Valley ended up being pivotal to his career choice, which is winemaking. His first wine, a zinfandel, was produced in 1987, and Franus has been creating delic ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Four fantastic, not-so-spooky Halloween wines

    ​Let's be honest: Halloween is not a holiday that typically conjures up images of wine drinking. Visions of miniature Snickers bars, pumpkin-flavored beer and slutty costumes? Absolutely. Still, as any serious wine lover will assure you, not even the omnipresence of glowing jack-o'-lanter ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Five stellar New Zealand reds under $20

    ​New Zealand produces some damn fine wines, and it's high time you started drinking them. Surely by now you've consumed more than your fair share of Australian red wines, right? Plenty of big, fleshy shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot, each of which bears the telltale signs of an Aussie s ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Three chenin blanc wines to amp up your autumn

    ​Cugnette. Steen. Pineau de la Loire. Vouvray. What do these four wine terms have in common? They're all synonyms for chenin blanc, a stunningly drinkable white wine so worthy of your affection that you may find yourself tempted to consume it in abundant quantities shortly after reading this p ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Four delicious French wines to pair with pork

    ​Pork is having a moment. Meals featuring bacon in every form imaginable -- including chocolate-dipped -- have become de rigueur. Restaurants of every stripe are showcasing menus littered with sausages, charcuterie, salumi, pork belly and suckling pig. And perhaps one day, if you are very, ver ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    The Denver FIVE host their last bash of the year tonight at the James Beard House

    ​Tonight, while the rest of us will be grubbing and imbibing at Dish, Westword's annual bash dedicated to Denver's dining culture, the chefs who comprise the Denver FIVE -- Jamey Fader, Troy Guard, Brian Laird, Matt Selby and Tyler Wiard -- will be bringing down the storied James Beard House i ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Four great wines to pair with pizza

    ​The combination of pizza and Chianti has got to be up there in the annals of all-time best food and wine pairings (at least in terms of ubiquity). But if you, as a modern day wine drinker, have moved well past that now somewhat-trite match up, you're likely wondering what to pour with all the ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Riedel Glass Seminar at the Tivoli today

    ​There are a lot of rules regarding alcohol that I don't follow, but using the right glass for the right wine is a dictum that I have learned -- after hundreds of hours of personal research -- is key to giving wine the only chance to taste as the vintner wanted it to taste. You can save your ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Celebrate Colorado's harvest with the perfect wines

    ​ We just finished celebrating EatDenver's Harvest Week, where more than 40 independent restaurants fêted the harvest of the summer season's very best produce, alongside some outstanding Colorado meats, fish, and cheeses. Each participating chef put his or her own unique spin on the event, pr ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Who won the Beer vs. Wine contest at TAG?

    ​Does craft beer deserve a place at the dinner table next to -- or instead of -- wine? That's a question that guests at TAG sought to answer last night during a fantastic Beer Vs. Wine dinner hosted by Troy Guard's restaurant at 1441 Larimer Street, as well as master sommelier Doug Krenik and ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    Culinary calendar for the week ahead: peaches, pizza classes and the Denver Burger Battle

    ​Everyone knows that Colorado peaches are among the best in the world -- and it's harvest season! Celebrate at the Lafayette Peach Festival on Saturday. And if peaches aren't your thing, there are dozens of other options on the culinary menu this week. Here's a taste:

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    August 10, 2010

    Beat the heat with three thirst-quenching wine cocktails

    ​It's been a summer full of fantastic wines, but even a wine-drinking professional (or is it professional wine drinker?) can grow weary of the standard red, white or rosé decision. If you, too, are searching for a supremely drinkable, inexpensive and easy-to-assemble option to guzzle through ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Can Chilean wines trump their French cousins? Four wines you can put to the test

    ​ In 1976, to coincide with our country's bicentennial celebrations, a wine merchant-turned-educator named Steve Spurrier organized an esteemed panel of wine cognoscenti to trumpet the (allegedly obvious) superiority of ultra-elite French wines over their Napa Valley counterparts. Spurrier go ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Tonight: Wine tasting at Strings, wine dinner at Terroir

    A Flickr photo.​Are you partial to pinot noirs? Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, has paired up with Marczyk Fine Foods and Republic National for the Passion of Pinot Noirs Wine Tasting, which will feature appetizers and a range of pinot noirs from around the world -- as well as some non-pinot w ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Six porch-poundable white wines for hot summer nights

    ​Porch pound-er (n): A highly technical, wine industry term referring to a wine which, after as little as one sip, uncontrollable guzzling of said wine occurs almost immediately. Exaggerated licking of lips and eye-rolling ensue as accompaniments.Typically, the wine is extremely affordable an ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    Tonight: Frasca wine dinner with Guiseppe Vajra

    ​Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street, presents its weekly Monday Night Wine Dinner. This week, winemaker Guiseppe Vajra unveils the wines of G.D. Vajra Winery in Barolo, Itlay; a four-course seasonal menu has been prepared to pair with the wines. Dinner is $45, and wine pairings start at $ ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010 gives voice to Colorado's growing wine industry

    ​Local food has crept onto just about every menu on the Front Range. And if Jacob Harkins has his way, local wine will follow. Last fall, Harkins started an online magazine called that focuses on the Colorado wine industry, aiming to expose consumers and chefs to Colorado win ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Beer and bikes, wine walks and more

    A Flickr photo.​If you failed to sign up for the Tour of BoulDurango, take a moment tonight to cry into your beer -- and say farewell to the bikers who were savvy enough to register in time. Don't worry; there's plenty more happening in town, including wine walks, Kyle's Brew Fest and much mor ... More >>

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