If you haven’t been to RiNo’s Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club—5280’s 2017 Top of the Town pick for Eatertainment—here’s an excellent reason for you to check it out: Champagne School. Nocturne co-owner and sommelier Scott Mattson and Breakthru Beverage sommeliers Sam Heider and Adam Vance debuted the class series in July, covering topics such as rosé and grower’s Champagne. Sadly, all of the summer classes are sold out—but there’s still time to make it to the last installment. The final(e) class, which will focus on Champagne winemaking traditions and the art of food pairings, takes place on October 29. This don’t-miss event features a four-course meal by chef Greg Weadick, ample bubbly tastings and pairings, and a set of tunes from vintage-jazz musicians Annie Booth and Matt Smiley.
Perhaps you’ve been to Balistreri Vineyards’ 17-year-old north Denver tasting room for glasses of Colorado-sourced wine or an Italian-inspired lunch. But you may not know about its outstanding seasonal wine dinners, which owner and winemaker John Balistreri launched 13 years ago.
Colorado may be landlocked, but island-inspired Adrift Tiki Bar in the Speer neighborhood manages to deliver a slice of beachside heaven. That’s especially true now that the serene enclosed patio is open for the season, with its brilliant hula dancer mural (by Denver graffiti artist Jolt), grass-hut awnings, and piping-hot lava rock fire pit. Nothing pairs better with patios than cocktails, and you’ll definitely want to soak up the warm weather with Adrift’s macadamia nut chi-chi in hand.
Once upon a time, oenophiles might have have turned up their noses at the prospect of canned wine. Indeed, when RiNo-based urban winery the Infinite Monkey Theoremreleased its first line of canned vino in 2011, it had to convince consumers that its red, white, rose, and moscato were all just as good as their glass-bottled counterparts. Fast forward to 2017, and TIMT is still innovating: Winemaker and founder Ben Parsons defied convention by adding Citra hops to California Sonoma Coast Sauvignon Blanc (SB) grapes at the end of the fermentation process, rolling out the groundbreaking dry-hopped SB this past February.
At one-week-old Hearth & Dram, it wasn’t the intoxicating smell of roasted suckling pig, the game-y bite of fresh bison tartar, or the deep savoriness of roasted hen of the woods mushrooms that secured my devotion. No, it was the impressive library of whisk(e)y, bourbon, and rye—more than 350 varieties in total—that won me over.
It’s finally summer. Days are longer, which means patios are open later so you can enjoy time with friends and family. Columbia’s breweries — Logboat Brewing Company, Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, Bur Oak Brewing Company, Rock Bridge Brewing Company and Broadway Brewery — feature seasonal beers to fit the occasion. So relax, and let us help you find a delicious brew to try this season.
With the recent microbrewery mania, beer experts have found ways to incorporate beer with almost anything — even dessert.
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, Bonnie Watson, Craft Beer Cellar’s director of education and certified cicerone — a sommelier of beers — paired classic desserts with craft beers. Chocolate chip cookies? A malty German doppelbock. Cheesecake? A carbonated sour cherry beer.
Watson said the three primary pairing goals are to complement, enhance or contrast. When tasting, first take a sip of beer. Then take a bite of dessert. Mid-bite, take another sip of beer and let the flavors unfold.