Tom Tancredo serves no sour grapes

Yes, that's Tom Tancredo's name on a "Save the Date" invitation for a VIP opening celebration at the new Water 2 Wine winery in the Shops in Greenwood Village next month. But don't think the former congressman is trading rabble-rousing for a career as a mild-mannered businessman. Once Tancredo comes uncorked, you can't put his line back in the bottle.

"I'm just along for the ride," he says of the investment he and his wife, Jackie, a retired schoolteacher, made in a Water 2 Wine franchise, just the second in the state, with three other couples. "Just a small part of the action. I can't be diverted from trouble-making with something like this."

According to the corporate website, "Water 2 Wine is an actual operating winery where all of our wines are fermented on site. We buy grapes from only the finest vineyards. With access to more than 100 wines from 13 countries, we satisfy your cravings for world class wines. Try it before you buy it at Water 2 Wine, where all of our wines are available for tasting every day!...

"Then you can choose wine by the glass to sit and enjoy in the winery, by the bottle with our label, or craft a batch (28 to 30 bottles) of your own personalized wine with a custom label." the company promises.

Tancredo was in the shop last week, slapping on some labels. Without any sour grapes.

Water 2 Wine is at 9608 East Arapahoe Road in Greenwood Village (the second Colorado franchise is at 8130 South University in Centennial); reach the shop at 303-799-WINE.

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