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An Urban Wine 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.



About the Author

I first became interested in wine while I worked in numerous liquor stores during college in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. In the years following college, I researched, tasted, traveled to vineyards in California and Europe, participated in countless tastings. I began writing about wine in 1995 with a column in Out Front Colorado. For me, wine is more than a drink. It is food. It is a connection to the earth. It is culture. There is just something amazing, even magical, about the transformation of grapes into wine. It is also remarkable how drinking wine with food enhances the taste and enjoyment of both. Appreciation of wine has become an integral part of my approach to life, which emphasizes balance, respect for nature, physical and emotional health, and an appreciation of our nature as social beings. In 2006, I was awarded a fellowship to the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers. In addition to writing for The Gabby Gourmet, I write for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Rmpeoplespalate.com-my own website.

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