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Glass Bottles, Glass Ceilings

How Women of the Vine breaks barriers in the alcohol beverage industry

Cynthia Lohr

In 2005, New York City-based tech marketing guru Deborah Brenner took a trip to Napa that would change her life—and the role of women in wine—forever. During her tour of the area’s famous wineries, she discovered how male-dominated the wine industry is. She even learned of several cases where a winery made a conscious decision to omit a female winemaker’s ... Read More »

Rosé Roundup

6 spots for rosé revelry in Denver and Boulder this summer

Pink wine is making a comeback. Dry rosé is no stranger to wineries around the world, however there were dark—or should we say overly sweet—days of sugary bag-­in-­a-­box pink wine that are thankfully behind us now. The crisp and versatile dry rosé is here to stay, and Sommelier Nathan Gordon of Vineyard Wine Shop in Denver believes that’s for good reason. “While ... Read More »

The Secret to Great Wine

The secret is sunshine, ripeness, and alcohol content

This year’s Food & Wine Classic in Aspen featured a seminar called “The Unknown Secret to Great Wine.” Marnie Old, author of “Wine: A Tasting Course,” led participants through a tasting of six wines–two Pinot Grigios, two Chardonnays, and two Pinot Noirs–to prove that a wine’s alcohol content (ABV) can tell you a great deal its characteristics, without ever tasting it. ... Read More »

Mía Wines: “Barcelona in a Bottle”

Winemaker Gloria Collell came to Denver to share her new line of fresh, young wines

What do you get when you mix a passionate Spanish woman with Tempranillo grapes and a unique idea? The first line of still Freixenet wines: Mía. The love for wine and its prevalence in daily life is deeply entrenched in Spanish culture, and it’s something winemaker Gloria Collell puts at the forefront of her new line of wines. Mía wines ... Read More »

“Raise a Local Glass” to the Best of Colorado Wine

The 2015 Governor's Cup Case showcased the top 12 Colorado wines

The seal of the Colorado Wine Industry

Colorado’s wine industry is making its mark and the 2015 Governor’s Cup Wine Competition recognized some of the outstanding wines coming from our own soil. On Wednesday, June 17, the winners and their superior wines came together to showcase their talent in the 2015 Governor’s Cup Case, an event orchestrated by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and endorsed by Governor John Hickenlooper. The event revealed ... Read More »

Winemaker Profiles: Guy Drew Vineyards

A trailblazing winemaker opens up Southwest Colorado to new vineyards

Guy Drew Wines

Above all else, Guy Drew has an easygoing sense of humor. Which is what you want, I suppose, when your hands touch every aspect of a burgeoning winery. The day I caught up with him, he was dealing with a plumbing issue of some sort, and I offered to postpone the interview. “Nah,” he said, unphased by these kinds of ... Read More »

Master Sommelier Emily Papach Wows at 1515 Dinner

Papach led a wine dinner at 1515 Restaurant last week

On May 27, 1515 Restaurant hosted a very special wine dinner led by Master Sommelier Emily Papach. This four-course dinner was unique not only because of the presence of a Master Sommelier, but also because each course was paired with two different wines. The vineyards represented were Freemark Abbey Winery and Cambria Estate Vineyards, both in Napa Valley. Tasting two ... Read More »

Taken: The Ultimate Wine for Millennials

Taken wine is for millennials, by millennials

Josh Phelos and Carlo Trinchero

By Maya Silver | Editor  Wine quite literally runs through Josh Phelps’s and Carlo Trinchero’s blood. The 29 and 27-year-olds, respectively, co-own Taken Wine, but their vintner pasts stretch much further back than their company’s establishment in 2009. Flush pasts While Josh grew up, his father, Chris, worked as a winemaker in prestigious vineyards near their home in Napa Valley. Eventually, Chris ... Read More »

Sake to Me

Facts and tips on the Japanese rice "wine"

By Maya Silver | Editor Have you ever been told that sake is rice wine? Or that it’s the rice equivalent to beer? Well, neither of those things are true and they’re just a couple of the many misconceptions about sake. It’s actually in a class all its own, and it should almost never be served hot–more on that later! Zengo–along with ... Read More »

What To Drink Now: Settembre Cellars

Serving place by the bottle

Blake Eliasson, Settembre Cellars

By Jeff Steen and Maya Silver | Editors If the world of wine has taught us anything, it’s that only those with a passion and talent for winemaking can soar. It helps, of course, if your background happens to be in engineering. That’s the story for winemaking couple Blake and Tracy Eliasson, whose carefully-crafted Settembre Cellars recently found a home in Boulder off ... Read More »