American Women Winemakers Dinner: “Badass”

On a recent night at Denver’s Lower 48 Kitchen, sommelier, chef, and wine columnist Kendra “Swirl Girl” Anderson hosted a tasting of wines crafted by woman winemakers. The sparkling, white, pink, red, and dessert wines were paired with courses from chef Alex Figura and manager Mario Nocifera. Anderson posed two questions for diners to consider: could we … Continue reading

Black Cat Farm~Table~Bistro: Oohs and Aahs

Dinner at Boulder’s Black Cat Farm~Table~Bistro is a superb experience, from the cozy, romantic setting to the food, each morsel more tempting than the last. Chef Eric Skokan and his team aim to delight from the moment diners cross the threshold of the “lucky” 13th Street eatery. Menu items are prepared using ingredients grown on … Continue reading

Charcoal Restaurant Week: Food to change your life

Salmon smoked then seared?  Brussels sprouts to change your life?  Those were but two of the menu items we sampled at Charcoal Restaurant during its bonus Charcoal Restaurant Week. Similar to Denver Restaurant Week, they offered a special prix-fixe menu for $31.00 per person. Their regular menu was also available. Over a glass of crisp, … Continue reading

Colorado Wine Tasting: Boulder Wine Studios

First there was Colorado Winery Row, where Bonaquisti Wine Co., Garfield Estates, and Ryker’s Cellars offer a one-stop opportunity to taste wines from three Colorado wineries in the relaxed setting of Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood. Starting this Saturday, June 28, Boulder wine tasters will have a similar one-stop tasting opportunity to visit three Colorado wineries in … Continue reading

Wine Tasting on the Road: Silver Oak Cellars

Before there was Opus One, Screaming Eagle, and Kistler, there was Silver Oak: Chic. Sleek. Modern. Bold. American. Silver Oak Cellars Napa Valley Winery was the final tour on our recent trip to California Wine Country. After visiting wineries that use only French oak in their production of Old World-inspired wines, it was an interesting … Continue reading

Wine Tasting on the Road: Barnett Vineyards

High atop Spring Mountain, overlooking Napa Valley, stands a winery with views so lovely we found ourselves sitting, sipping, and staring, tended to by an attentive winery dog and our host, Kevin Hague. The fourth stop on our winery tour was Barnett Vineyards. The winery is located in the Spring Mountain District on the ridge … Continue reading