Just under a month ago, brothers James and Mark Blanchard opened a second tasting room for their 2009 winery Blanchard Family Wines, much to the pleasure of locals on LoDo's Dairy Block.
The two brothers started their winery with a mission: to create meaningful relationships over a bottle of delectable wine. They hope to grace a larger audience with their goal as they expand to the lower Denver area, offering a selection of eight wines to sample at their new tasting room.
"We’re looking to bridge a connection between Sonoma wine country and the Rocky Mountain region," says co-founder James. "The constant activity of people working, eating, and socializing at the Dairy Block felt like home to me and to our brand, and we’re excited to provide our guests with fine wine and wine culture in a fun, relaxed downtown Denver environment."
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Luckily, we don't have to be a Master Sommelier to enjoy the nuances between different types of wine. In fact, it's estimated that the designation is granted to fewer than 300 people throughout the world.
Most people take the exam multiple times, spending thousands of dollars in the process. Regardless, only 10% are able to make it through the theory portion of the Masters Exam, and that's only among the 30% who pass the Advanced Sommelier Exam in the first place.
However, we can still enjoy the brisk flavors of a pinot noir and the buttery finish of a light chardonnay. If you're planning on going to your first sampling, here are some tips to make the most out of your excursion.
Whether you're attending your first sampling during a night on the town or following a midday brunch, you want to wear clothing that doesn't stain too easily. For a day centered around rich reds and burgundies, wearing stain-resistant fabric is a must.
That doesn't mean you have to wear your raincoat though. Instead of opting for a white lace frock, choose synthetic suede materials. Just like the soft finish on your couch, when this fabric becomes clothing it is resistant to stains and water damage. This makes it the perfect attire when you may have had one too many.
Did you know that 32% of Americans are concerned by the appearance of their teeth? This might get even worse if you indulge in the deep red of a rich merlot.
Unfortunately, red wine has the propensity to stain your teeth, especially when you enjoy a glass or two. Though most people in your party won't care about your teeth, you might want to dip into the bathroom for a quick brushing before you snap some festive photos.
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If you really want to make the most of your first wine tasting, try to get an idea of what you're going into. You and your friends will have much more fun trying to identify the subtle flavors in different varietals if you know what to look for.
Blanchard Family Wines is pairing their seasonal favorites with local charcuterie and cheeses for your sampling pleasure. The duo only makes between 2,000 and 3,000 cases a year, so keep a lookout for new season editions coming to the Dairy Block soon.