An Oenophile’s Tour of Denver

How’s the wine at 5,000 feet? On a recent visit, our wine columnist found it thoughtfully chosen and poured, impressive in its variety and widely available—depending on the day of the week. Here’s her list of top spots

香蕉视频苹果下载THE MILE HIGH CITY is a beer and cocktail town—so I was told over and over again during a recent visit. According to the Denver wine merchants, wine bar owners, sommeliers and restaurateurs I polled, their city doesn’t rank particularly high among great American wine cities. One wine bar owner even ranked it “around 20th.” (Everyone I talked to ranked New York number one.) But after three days there, I’d rate Denver much higher. It may even be my new favorite wine town.

Denver is also a sprawling city requiring a car, which was happily supplied by my friend Barbara, who also volunteered to be my chauffeur. A four-year resident, Barbara was eager to see more of Denver’s wine scene even if she, too, deemed it a beer and cocktail town.

Our tour began in the south end of the city at Divino Wine & Spirits (1240 S. Broadway香蕉视频苹果下载; . I wish this shop was in Manhattan, given its stylish design and mix of esoteric and classic wines, and its charming and charmingly diffident staff. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” said sales associate Tyler Jimenez Slater, whose business card offered proof. His title was listed as “Snax.”

The nearby, newly opened Carboy Winery (400 E. 7th Ave.香蕉视频苹果下载; was more like a busy bar. (There is also a Carboy Winery in the suburb of Littleton.) We tasted the Carboy White Blend and Carboy Chardonnay, which the tasting card noted were sourced from the U.S.A. and North Coast, California, respectively. Both cost a mere $5 a glass (the happy hour price that day), but the wines were as generic as their stated origins, so we departed for dinner uptown.

Tavernetta (1889 16th St.; is located in the LoDo (Lower Downtown) district, adjacent to the majestic Union Station. Co-owner Bobby Stuckey is the most famous wine professional in Denver; his name came up over and over again. He and business partners Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson and Peter Hoglund also co-own Frasca Food and Wine and Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, and they’ll soon open Sunday Vinyl, a wine bar, next to Tavernetta.

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