Five ways Colorado Urban WineFest will rock this week
Monday, June 4: Colorado Wine Cocktail Celebration at Colt & Gray
Why it will rock: A local industry all-star lineup of stellar cocktologists including Kevin Burke of Colt & Gray, Joe Hines of Green Russell (and now, Williams & Graham), Matty Durgin and Ryan Conklin of Euclid Hall will meet for a boozy throwdown. Each will attempt to spin a local wine into a unique -- and hopefully judges' approval-winning -- cocktail recipe that will change the way you look at local wine forever.
Tuesday, June 5: "East Meets West" Winery Open Houses
Why they will rock: If you're one of the many (and by many, we mean just about everyone) who assumes that all Colorado wine is from the Western Slope, prepare to have your mind blown. That's because an assortment of right-here-in-our-hood wineries planted in north Denver (Bonacquisti Wine Co. & Spero Winery), Evergreen (Creekside Cellars), Centennial (Desert Moon Vineyards) and BookCliff Vineyards (Boulder) representin' the east side will throw open their cellar doors and welcome visiting west-side winemakers from Whitewater Hill Vineyards, Two Rivers, >Mesa Park Vineyards, Canyon Wind Cellars, and DeBeque Canyon for a set of wine and food tastings as unique as each of the wines. You'll get to taste terroir from around the state and nosh on nibbles (a slider buffet and goodies from The Heirloom Food Truck are a couple of examples) for ridiculously cheap prices.
Wednesday, June 6: Colorado Wine Farmers' Market Tweetup at Highland Tap & Burger
We've already told you: Twitter is magic. Especially when it comes to expanding your Colorado wine-related horizons, because 2012 has been the year our hometown winemakers have fully embraced the power of this platform to tweet...well, just about everything you can imagine (and a few things you probably couldn't) that winemakers think about. Embrace your inner tweep while getting your eat and drink on at this interactive meetup featuring grilled goodies and -- wait for it -- plenty of local juice.
Friday, June 8: Wine Down the Rail
"Ride the rail, drink Colorado wine. Simple." Sage advice from the minds behind this genius concept, which will make your commute a helluva lot more fun (and possibly more drunken) than you ever thought possible. As the name implies, the idea is to visit any -- hell, why not all? -- of the nine participating venues (Pizza Republica and Crave Dessert Bar & Lounge, for starters) within steps of a light-rail stop anywhere in metro Denver and enjoy specially priced Colorado wine and food pairings. The best part? Avoiding one of those pesky DUIs.
Saturday: June 9: Colorado Urban WineFest at Sculpture Park
Perhaps the rockingest time of the entire week is destined to be had here, where 45 of the state's best wineries will convene under those kinda kooky-looking dancers rocking out just off of Speer Boulevard. Believe us when we tell you that this is looking to be a substantial upgrade from last year's event, which took place in a somewhat, shall we say, less than awe-inspiring Stapleton locale. Activities include a hands-on wine aroma wheel (we got a sneak peek of this, and it is unbelievably cool), an extreme food and wine pairing brought to you by Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar and Jonesy's Eat Bar, and a sommelier shoot-off (just what it sounds like, only funnier and with more spitting).
Your love affair with Colorado wine starts now. And just think: After this week, you'll be able toclaim you have something in common with John and Frank, too.