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Getting Piggy with It: A Club Wino first

We didn’t want Club Wino getting stale, so when the calendar flipped to 2012, we decided to branch out into the culinary community. We teamed with Jeff Bauman of The Pig & Block Charcuterie to host a pop-up style dinner right in the middle of the butcher shop. Themed “Getting Piggy with It,” it was [...]

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A proper Club Wino sendoff

When we decided to let chef Raul Salazar have a field day by, gasp, picking the menu before we selected the Colorado wines to serve, we figured it’d be a fun way to finish off the monthly event for the year. Little did we know it was to become a swan song. Turns out, Salazar [...]

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A pre-holiday feast, Club Wino style

A packed house of 24 enjoyed what was considered by the regulars to be the best display of flavors that chef Raul Salazar has put forth during the Club Wino dinners. The theme was “Pre-Holiday Party.” The goal was to showcase the wines that will shine on your Thanksgiving and holiday dinner tables. Course 1: Sweet [...]

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Celebrating the harvest at Spuntino: A Club Wino recap

With 20 people cozied into the booth seating at Spuntino on Wednesday, Club Wino No. 3 took advantage of the eve of fall by introducing wines that embraced the harvest season. Each of the selections came from Colorado winemakers who also tend the vines. It was a nod to the massive amount of work they are pressed with year round.

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Celebrate Cabernet Day with recipes from standout Denver chefs

Everyone knows a steak, medium rare is a perfect companion to a Cabernet Sauvignon. That doesn’t mean it’s the only deft pairing for the bold, juicy grape. In honor of #CabernetDay on Sept. 1, we asked around to various Denver chefs for some killer recipes to pair with Cab (Sauv, Franc, blends). And you know what? [...]

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Rocking the West Elks wines with new Spuntino chef Raul Salazar

Coming back from a great trip to the West Elks AVA meant we had a great selection of new (to us) wines to share at Club Wino No. 2. Brand new Spuntino chef Raul Salazar created a wonderful menu that upped the ante from our first meeting. Here’s what we had: Welcome We started with [...]

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Showing some culinary skills at the first Club Wino meeting

When Club Wino met for the first time on Wednesday, chef Scott Burnham saw it as an opportunity to showcase his culinary skills to a crowd of 20.

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The Winos Best Restaurant in Wine Country: Inari’s Bistro (editors pick)

Inari’s Bistro gets credit for being the most upscale dining option in the town of Palisade, the tiny agricultural community that is the heart of Colorado’s wine country. Located in the heart of old town, Inari’s menu mixes international flavors into a an impressive contemporary American menu. Seared ahi leads the starters list (one of [...]

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The Winos Best Restaurant in Wine Country: il Bistro Italiano (readers pick)

From fresh made pastas to ossobucco, il Bistro Italiano has been serving the best Italian dishes in Grand Junction since 1998. The key to the success of this family-friendly restaurant is its commitment to making as many staples as possible in house – and with local ingredients where possible. This fresh list includes pastas, sauces, [...]

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The Winos Best Wine List: Salt the Bistro (editors pick)

Chef Bradford Heap was on the cutting edge of the local, sustainable restaurant concept when he opened Colterra, a popular Niwot eatery, a few years back. He’s gone even further with his second spot, Salt the Bistro, one of Boulder’s hottest restaurants. Along with sourcing a majority of the produce and meats on the menu [...]

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