Wine Travels and Reviews

November 19, 2020

As Thanksgiving celebrations get smaller this year, the 2020 holiday season is the time to go big with wine pairings.

Every year, when the wine panel at the New York Times sits down to taste candidates for Thanksgiving wine pairings, they limit themselves to bottles $25 and under.

We dug back into the New York Times archive to discover that the $25 limit has been in place since at least 2006. Raise a glass to...

November 4, 2020

Test your crafting skills while sipping on unique spirits at the DISTILLED Spirits Series in Keystone, Colorado. Sat, Nov 21 at Warren Station.

The leaves are falling, and that means there’s never a better time for some crafting and cocktails on a crisp fall evening.

This year has been rough for all of us, and social gatherings have been few and far between. But this shouldn’t stop you from safely celebrating your favorite season with the event of a lifetime.

Join us for a whiskey tasting event to write home about, while trying your hand at what’s sure to be your newest hobby: boozy woodworking!

What is the Distilled Spirits Series? ...

October 27, 2020

After it was first released to the public in 2013, the Coravin “wine preservation system” radically reshaped fine wine appreciation in the US. 

The concept of the Coravin wine preservation system is as simple as it is brilliant: The device’s needle is inserted into the cork of a bottle, allowing users to “access” the wine without exposing it to oxygen (wine’s enemy). As a result, the wine can be enjoyed over the course of days...

October 15, 2020

The Boulder Wine Merchant and Scratch Kitchen are teaming up for a special three week cross promotion featuring delicious wine and beer pairings to go with Scratch Kitchen dishes.  The campaign kicked off the week of 10/19 and will continue through the first week of November.

Scratch is going to offer the highlighted dishes for free with any purchase over $40 (one free dish per coupon usage, one coupon usage per order). We will use the same coupon code to promote through...

October 15, 2020

10 years ago this fall, Master Sommelier and owner of the Boulder Wine Merchant, Brett Zimmerman, launched the first-ever Boulder Burgundy Festival. 

This fall, despite the challenges posed by social distancing, Zimmerman and his team are celebrating the 10th anniversary of what has become one of the most important fine wine gatherings across the U.S.

This year's festival is going to be different, of course. All the seminars are going to be held on Zoom. Even the Grand Tasting — another one of the festival's most popular event (because guests...

September 30, 2020

Which organic wineries are the best?

It's a question we get asked a lot.

Increasingly today, organic grape growing — although not "certified organic wine" — is becoming increasingly popular across the globe. 

Many wine growers follow the philosophy of lutte raisonée, also known as integrated farming. While these are not “organic certified” wineries, they use organic farming practices to the greatest extent possible.

In good vintages, their entire production may be organically farmed. In challenging vintages, they may be forced to use some synthetic products in order to produce great wine. 

When it comes to the world of fine wines...

September 23, 2020

The wonderful month of October is almost here, and that means beautiful reds and yellows of fall leaves, cozy sweaters for the cool breeze, and spooky fun during Halloween. 

While October has so much to offer, one of our favorite things about this month is Oktoberfest. 

When you think of Oktoberfest, you might picture barhopping with steins in downtown Boulder or Denver. While this is certainly a great way to celebrate (or was, before Coronavirus!), there’s so many more ways...

September 17, 2020

On paper, organic wine is a great idea. 

By growing grapes organically, you deliver higher quality fruit often with more vibrant aromas and flavors. And in theory, you help to protect the environment by reducing the amount of harmful chemicals that can accumulate in the soil and the water table. 

You also help to protect the vineyard workers by eliminating toxic compounds in the vineyards. 

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August 28, 2020

There’s a famous line in German-born French composer Jacques Offenbach’s opéra bouffe “La Vie Parisienne” that goes:

“The thing I can’t understand is why people in Paris drink bad wine in big glasses and good wine in small ones.”

As we learned in our last blog on ...

August 19, 2020

When it comes to choosing the right stemware for your wine, the shape of the glass is more important than you might realize. And the reasons for this may surprise even the most wine-savvy among us. 

The two biggest components of wine are alcohol and water. The balance of these two ingredients determines the flavor and texture of the wine, and the way you perceive it on your palate. 

The moment you open a bottle of wine, the alcohol begins to evaporate. And when you pour the wine into your glass, it begins to evaporate even more swiftly. (For the chemically curious among us, take a look at this wonderful article published some years ago by the editors of...