BONACQUISTI WINERY EXEMPLIFIES THE URBAN WINERY EXPERIENCE
In recent years, urban wineries have proliferated in many of America’s cities, including Denver. There are many options here but I suggest you make your way to north Denver to Bonacquisti Winery. Though somewhat hidden in an commercial strip at Pecos and I-70 in north Denver, it is well worth a visit.
Owner and winemaker Paul Bonacquisti and his staff have created numerous options for you to experience wine (and art and music):
Getting Educated – Bonacquisti’s Wine 101 class offers a crash course on winemaking and wine tasting, nibbles, and the opportunity to bust some common wine myths. The next class takes place at Bonacquisti Saturday March 17th at 2:00 pm and is $49 per person. Each class is limited to no more than 8-10 people. Future dates to be announced at www.bonacquistiwine.com.
Wine On Tap – Refillable one-liter growlers are a fun way to experience Bonacquisti wine. They can be filled with one of the red and white rotating taps – like a Piedmont-style chardonnay/cortese blend or a Barbera. The jug alone can be purchased for $21. A “Jug and Fill” option (one full jug and one refill) is available for $33. Additional refills are $15.99 and up.
Keep it Going – Wine club memberships are good to ensure a regular supply or for a nice gift. For $49 per quarter, each member receives three bottles of hand-selected wine every three months in March, June, September and December. Plus, members receive perks like 10% off all purchases, 15% off cases, premiere access to new releases and free wine tastings for members and their guests.
Or just stop by for Happy Hour – 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. with $5 tap wine and $5 appetizerss. And keep an eye out for seasonal specials, such as this past December you could buy three bottles and get 10% off your order and complimentary gift-wrapping.
But it is so cool that Paul’s winery offers visitors more than just wine. You also can view (and I recommend you buy) fantastic works of art from one of Colorado’s best artists: Daniel Luna. Check out more here: LUNA-CY. I own some of Mr. Luna’s paintings and I guarantee you will be fascinated with his work. Come to think of it, a Daniel Luna painting also would make a special gift any time of the year.
And, finally, if you are looking for a live music venue, consider “Fridays Uncorked” featuring local bands – no cover with food and wine available for purchase. The band performs from 6:30pm-9:30pm and you can enjoy offerings from the Food Truck: RenveD BBQ.