Food and Wine

26
Jul

Properly Pairing White Wine and Food

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You would never drink coffee with your steak. Or have sushi with chocolate milk. There are some combinations that do not go together, and that’s the same when it comes to pairing your food and wine. While we all may break the rules here and there (guilty!), there are reasons why you pair certain foods with certain wines. If you pair the wrong food with wine, it could ruin the wine. Or the dish. You never know what you may not have liked simply as a result of making a wrong pairing. As dramatic as it may sound, these pairing rules have been established for a reason. There are rules for pairing white wines (and red wines, of course), and […]

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19
Jul

The Toughest Test You’ll Ever Take

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Would you spend years studying for a test if you knew there was only a pass rate of less than 10%? The Master Sommelier examination is viewed as the toughest test in the world – only 236 people have passed. Many people on the outside wonder, “what’s the point? Why is it worth it?” But for those who are looking to become a Master Somm, they are in it for the long haul.   Becoming a Master Somm means achieving a dream long in the making. “The journey to become a MS is something you do for yourself, never for someone else,” says Sally Mohr, M.S. and leadership team member of the Wine Ring app. Sally became a Master Sommelier […]

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28
Jun

Counterfeit Cabernet: The Story of Rudy Karniawan

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How would you feel if you purchased a fake bottle of wine for thousands of dollars from a man that you considered a friend? That’s the question many in the wine industry found themselves asking after Rudy Kurniawan came into their lives. When Rudy first came into the wine scene, he was a friend to many, and well respected. That reputation took a turn, however, when his empire of fake wine started to crumble. Rudy was arrested in 2012 for his years long wine fraud – a scheme that made him a multi-millionaire and cost others the same. He made his way up in the wine world, participating in auctions and tastings, all while committing the biggest case of wine […]

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25
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Merlot   Merlot originated in Bordeaux, France and is the most widely planted grape in France, even ahead of the ever so popular cabernet sauvignon (with whom it shares a father – cabernet franc). The first merlot grape was used in a Bordeaux wine blend with cabernet sauvignon in the 1700s. Though the grape blends well with cabernet sauvignon to produce world-class Bordeaux blends, it is also great as a single varietal. It was American growers in California who first discovered and appreciated the blend as a stand alone varietal. Merlot is an easy to drink wine with low tannins. It has flavor profile consisting of cherry, plum, licorice, and hints of chocolate. Merlot is a perfect wine for […]

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18
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Moscato   Moscato is made from muscat grapes, which hail from the Mediterranean (specifically Italy). Muscat is a large group of ancient grapes rather than a single variety. It’s the muscat grape that scientists think was the first cultivated variety of grape. Famous for being a sweet wine, moscato is one of the most aromatic wines there is. It is as intense in flavor as it is in aroma. It has fruity flavors with aromas such as orange blossom, green grapes, honeysuckle, and perfume. Though it is a notoriously sweet wine, it can occasionally be dry, and come in still or bubbly forms. There are also moscato wines that are flavored – peach, orange, apricot. Essentially, they are enhancing […]

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16
Jun

Happy Hour Is My Favorite Hour

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I’m sure we can all agree there are few things better than a great happy hour. Leaving happy hour feeling full, maybe a bit tipsy, and not broke? Sign me up. Sometimes you just need to hit one on a Monday because it’s been a Monday or to celebrate the end of the week on a Friday. There are so many great Denver restaurants and bars with fantastic happy hours (there are even restaurants from our other lists that could be on this one – Central Bistro & Bar, Linger, and Postino to name a few), but these are a simply a few restaurants where the happy hour needs to be taken advantage of.   Lola | Coastal Mexican – […]

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14
Jun

Colorado Winery Spotlight: Balistreri Vineyards

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Since opening their doors in 1998, Balistreri Vineyards has truly been a family affair. There are currently three generations involved in the process – from making the wine to giving tours of the barrel room. John Balistreri and his wife are the owners, with John being the winemaker as well. Julie, whom we spoke to, says her official title is the “winemaker’s daughter,” meaning she wears a lot of different hats. And there are the grandkids who also work and help out. The family feel also goes into how they treat their customers. As Julie tells us, “when folks come here, we like to treat them like family.” They want their customers to feel at home when they come in […]

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11
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Pinot Noir   Nearly 2000 years ago, pinot noir originated in France. Over the course of that time, it has become that parent (and grandparent) to many other grapes and has been cloned hundreds of times. (VinePair has an excellent in depth history of pinot noir if you’re interested in learning more.) Pinot noir is considered to be one of the hardest grapes to grow and turn into wine. It grows well in cool climates – it doesn’t fare well in climate changes – and the grape is susceptible to diseases and oxidization. That being said, when a good pinot noir is made, it is a good pinot noir. It is one of the lighter red wines out there, […]

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04
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Chardonnay   Originating in France, chardonnay has become one of the most popular wines in the world. It wasn’t until the 1960s when it started to gain widespread popularity; however, now there are nearly 100,000 acres of chardonnay in California alone.   Despite its popularity, chardonnay is one of the most polarizing wines amongst wine drinkers. Some love the buttery, oaky flavors it has while others find it too sweet. When it’s an oaked chardonnay, it has a flavor profile that is distinctly buttery, but it also tends to have the flavors of butterscotch, vanilla, green apple, among others. It’s these kinds of flavors, along with its full-body, creamy texture that makes it appealing to the masses. That being said, […]

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02
Jun

Food and Wine Festivals in Colorado Mountain Towns

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Come for the winter, stay for the summer. While many people flock to the Colorado mountains for the promise of fresh powder, the summer season is not to be overlooked. Mountain towns are known to host some of the best food and wine festivals in the region, with weekend long events at Breckenridge, Telluride, and Steamboat. It’s a perfect opportunity for city dwellers to take a long weekend and enjoy some great food and wine with a stunning mountain backdrop.   Telluride Wine Festival; June 22-25, 2017: Over the course of Thursday – Sunday, the Telluride Wine Festival will feature some of the best chefs and wine experts. With over 20 wineries participating (including Denver’s The Infinite Monkey Theorem), this […]

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