Meet your (new wine) maker
Year-old D'Vine Wine (934 Manitou Ave., #108, 685-1030) recently came under new ownership, and the change brings promises of a whole new image and experience.
"We were going to open a location in Durango," says Springs native Tracy Fagner, who bought the Manitou Springs shop with her husband Dean. "But the [Manitou] owners caught wind and decided they needed more time and money to dedicate to their [other] locations. It all happened by accident."
After becoming interested in D'Vine Wine via a visit to a location in Denton, Texas, the Fagners found that the franchise would allow them to do more than just make wine.
"I always knew that wine and the arts should go together," says Fagner, explaining that the new setup, tentatively scheduled for a grand re-opening in mid-August, will also be a local and regional art gallery.
The Fagners also plan to include an à la carte menu, featuring various cheeses, crackers and hard salamis on three different-sized plates. D'Vine Wine will continue to offer bottles of red and white wines for under $20, as well as the option to create, bottle and label your own wine at 28 bottles per batch.
Fagner says she hopes to open two tasting locations later this year, in Woodland Park and Old Colorado City.
Catch of the day
In Greenpeace's recently released Sustainable Seafood Scorecard (greenpeace.org/usa/press-center/reports4/carting-away-the-oceans), the advocacy group reports that "more than half of the leading supermarket chains in the U.S. have now made some sign of progress in increasing the sustainability of their seafood operations."
Of options available locally, Whole Foods placed third, Target fourth, Safeway fifth, Walmart seventh, Kroger (King Soopers) ninth and Costco 10th, out of the Top 20 chains.
Buffering the good news with concern, Greenpeace reminds: "Unfortunately, our oceans remain in crisis and retailers that ignore this fact are contributing to the collapse of our marine ecosystems."
Nuggets and nibbles
• Visit the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (2431 W. Colorado Ave., 635-4131) from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 3, during the ArtWalk in Old Colorado City to see a 10-by-10-by-10-inch "treasure chest" made entirely from chocolate by local artist Gordon Pegler.
• Nosh (121 S. Tejon St., nosh121.com) will hold a bake sale at 11 a.m., July 12 as part of the national Share Our Strength Great American Bake Sale, aimed at ending childhood hunger. Donate canned goods and receive an extra treat.