Pinots and vegan vinos


We tend to do most of our hooch coverage these days on the continuing craft spirits and beer boom. 

But I'm always reminded at this time of the year when I receive a media copy of the Beer, Wine & Spirit Drinker's Guide to Colorado — this being the updated, ninth edition — that we also sport more than a handful of wineries in the area. 

And though they're less busy with events like tap takeovers or speakeasy parties, I'm sure that to those who prefer wine, those vino outlets proffer no less excitement. (Cañon City's The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey just netted 12 awards, including a double-gold-equivalent Jefferson Cup Nominee at November's Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition.) 

So, in those wineries' honor, I'm picking some upcoming wine events to feature in this post and show some grape love: 

• First up, the Gallery of Contemporary Art's ChitChat series continues at 7 p.m., this Thursday, Dec. 10 with "Vegan Wines & Pet Portraits," an Indygive! fundraiser ($10 suggested) for both GOCA and Harley's Hope. Regarding the wine portion of the mash-up, local vegan author JL Fields will present on how to find vegan wines and share some of her favorites. 

  • GOCA

• Next, if you're willing to part with much more than $10 for a real treat, The Broadmoor's annual Pinot Posse event approaches on the weekend of January 15 through 17. And there's several options for taking part in the tour

On the high side, weekend packages start $725 per person, but you can attend the Saturday night wine dinner solely for $150 per head. An "Afterglow in the Summit" will also allow you to hit up a cash bar and schmooze with the guest winemakers. Seminars aren't yet available à la carte, but likely will open up closer to event date as reservations are tallied. 

When I last attended Pinot Posse in 2012, the lineup stunned at dinner in the Summit. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • When I last attended Pinot Posse in 2012, the lineup stunned at dinner in the Summit.

• Also, two days of The Broadmoor's 12 Days of Christmas Culinary Demonstrations holiday series are wine-centric. (All classes are $30 except for Day 12's wine tasting and pairing, for $50; they run from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Natural Epicurean.)

Here's the lineup:
Day 1 - Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - Partridge in a Pear Tree – Contemporary Pear Cocktails and more!
Day 2 - Thursday, December 24, 2015 - Two Turtle Doves – Travel the world of chocolate from bean to bar.
Day 3 - Friday, December 25, 2015 - Three French Hens – A wine tour of the Rhone Valley
Day 4 - Saturday, December 26, 2015- Four Calling Birds – Beer Can Chicken
Day 5 - Sunday, December 27, 2015 - Five Golden Rings – The Broadmoor Donut is back and learn to make them!
Day 6 - Monday, December 28, 2015 - Six Geese-A-Laying – Soufflés and more.
Day 7 – Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - Seven Swans-A-Swimming – Profiteroles and More!
Day 8 – Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - Eight Maids-A-Milking - Cheese Making
Day 9 – Thursday, December 31, 2015 - Nine Ladies Dancing – Rosé and canapés
Day 10 – Friday, January 1, 2016 - Ten Lords-A-Leaping – Winter Cocktails
Day 11 – Saturday, January 2, 2016 - Eleven Pipers Piping –Piped sweets, meringues, cookies and more!
Day 12 – Sunday, January 3, 2016 - Twelve Drummers Drumming - Wine Tasting and Pairing   

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