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A beginner’s guide to tasting wine in Boulder

Boulder is a lot of things. Hippy haven. Foodie epicenter. Outdoor mecca. Liberal island. Beer town. College town.

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11 reasons Colorado’s wine country is better than Napa’s

When our beer-loving governor declared this week Colorado Wine Week (June 5–11), area winos rejoiced. It’s a big deal when the most powerful politician in the state stands up for the local juice. Still, there’s a whole lot of PR and tasting to do along the Front Range before the masses start ordering Colorado wine. [...]

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The Winos Top Winery in Colorado: Alfred Eames Cellars (editors choice)

Let’s just say the readers got it wrong. Alfred Eames Cellars wasn’t the just best winery on the Western Slope; it’s the best in the entire state. How did this winery in the middle of nowhere get to being this good?

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The Winos Top Winery in Colorado: Bonacquisti Wine Co. (readers choice)

Paul Bonacquisti has cemented himself into Northwest Denver culture. The former radio DJ turned winemaker has built a perfect example of what an urban winery can be. It’s equal parts gritty and fancy, and it anchors the best $20 tasting experience in Colorado that is Colorado Winery Row. His Bonacquisti Wine Co. produces a lineup [...]

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The Winos Best Front Range Winery: Settembre Cellars (editors choice)

Wine geeks love exclusivity, which is part of the draw to Settembre Cellars. It’s a tiny operation in Boulder produce the best wines along the Front Range. The dry Riesling is the standout. That is until you’ve tried on of Settembre Cellars Syrahs. The Cabs and Chardonnays are no slouch, either.

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The Winos Best Front Range Winery: Dithryamb Winery (readers choice)

It didn’t take long for Candice and Sean Bundy to turn their suburban winery into a Colorado favorite. The owners of Dithyramb Winery, based out of their Centennial home, just started selling wine commercially a little more than a year ago and have already established themselves as local favorites.

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The Winos Best Western Slope Winery: Alfred Eames Cellars (readers choice)

It was almost a shock to see that Alfred Eames Cellars won the popular vote. Not for any reasons regarding quality, more so because this tucked away gem high in the mountains of Paonia doesn’t have a tasting room and seems to have little presence in the consumer’s mind.

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The Winos Best Place to Sleep in Wine Country: Sutcliffe Vineyards (editors pick)

John Sutcliffe has one of the most distinguished personalities in the Colorado wine business. His British accent and love for food and wine come through in every conversation, which in large part makes his vineyard the best spot to sleep in wine country. Sutcliffe Vineyards is waaay out in Cortez, much closer to the Four [...]

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The Winos Best Place to Sleep in Wine Country: Wine Country Inn (readers pick)

When the Wine Country Inn opened in 2008, it finally brought the town of Palisade a legitimate bed base, offering 78 rooms that compliment the handful of established bed and breakfasts already in town. The family-owned hotel, located along I-70, is within a 10-minute walk of downtown Palisade and three wineries, and offers nosh small [...]

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The Winos Best Use of an Urban Space: Colorado Winery Row (readers and editors pick)

It’s safe to say that there are more wine drinkers in Denver then, say, Palisade. That simple fact can make it difficult for any number of the state’s wineries trying to get Coloradans hooked on their wines. Sure, a tasting room along I-70 in Palisade bustles with tourists coming from Texas, the Midwest, California and [...]

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