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Easter is a Wine Pairing Field Day!

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InVINtions Winery Easter

Easter is a gastronomic bonanza, which means it is prime time for wine pairing!  Whether your Easter this year consists of ham, quiche, eggs or lamb, we’ve got the right wine pairings to compliment any Easter feast.

Ham:
Ham is often the centerpiece of many Easter menus.  This year, try your ham dish with InVINtions dry rosé wine.  Light tannins and berry fruitiness make the dry rosé a thirst-quenching partner for ham’s salt cure.

If you like sweeter wines, any of our fruit series of wine, including the apple, apricot, and pineapple wines are ideal partners for ham.

If you are looking for a more traditional choice with your ham, go for a Riesling or a Gewürztraminer.  Both of these wines will tend to present enough sweet fruit to perfectly balance the salt in the ham without being too sweet for the more discerning palate.  If you are like our wine making team, and are looking to enjoy a red with your ham, try the Old Vines Zinfandel which brings more fruit on the front of the palate, but is balanced out by the acidity and higher alcohol content. 

Quiche or Eggs:
By themselves, eggs can be quite difficult to pair; however, with the addition of a few vegetables, some cheese and bacon, you have a quiche that will pair perfectly with InVINtions’ Chenin Blanc.

Lamb:
If you are a red wine lover, lamb is your most versatile choice for an Easter meat that pairs with red wine.  That being said, different lambs will pair differently with the wines.  For Lamb with a more assertive flavor Montage is your best bet!  InVINtions, A Creative Winery’s Montage  provides an intoxicatingly savory blend of pepper and smoke.  If your meat this Easter is slightly less gamy, Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect match.  We recommend the InVINtions’ Lodi Cabernet which will provide a well rounded, succulent fruit with herbal notes.  With the softest of lamb flavors, you can do no better than a perfect Pinot Noir, a wine where the grace of the flavors mimic the buds of spring.  We recommend InVINtions’ B.C. Pinot Noir.  The acidity in this wine provides the perfect counterpart to spring lamb’s silken texture.

Fruit:
For the fresh fruit salad, or a fruit dessert, choose a wine that is equally refreshing, like InVINtions’ Red Moscato.  It is lighter in alcohol, with just enough sugar to match the fruit or a lightly sweet dessert. 

Vegetables:
When you think of spring, do you thing of delicious petite asparagus and crisp green peas?  Those are two of the most common vegetables that are seen during an Easter feast.  Both choices are rich in flavor and demand crisp wines.  InVINtions, A Creative Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc and Verdicchio both have vibrant, tangy acid that will compliment the veggies’ strength and flavors while keeping it light for the taste of spring.

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Here’s to You Marcus…

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10339780_1050831321612197_8668029015029454280_nToday we celebrate Marcus: our owner, fearless leader, friend, co-worker and devoted wine maker!  He celebrates a milestone birthday today, and we all celebrate with him… Cheers to you Marcus!

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Beginning April 15… Dinner & Wine by InVINtions!

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Have you joined the wave of smart, busy people who are exhausted at the thought of meal planning, grocery shopping, prepping, cooking, serving and cleaning up dinner each night?!?  Come on a culinary and wine pairing adventure with us without all the hassle!

Here’s how it works:

  • Join either Blue Apron or Platted (two of the most popular Chef-inspired meal delivery services)… or, maybe you are already receiving their deliveries;
  • Select the food you want to receive each week;
  • Sign-up for InVINtions’ new “Perfect Meal Pairings 6-Pack” and tell us what 4 meals you are receiving that you would like paired;
  • Each week, your new and varied recipes arrive from your meal delivery service to tempt your taste buds; and,
  • For only $69.95 per 6-pack, we give you 6 bottles of InVINtions’ finest to enjoy with your dinners (4 paired with your meals and 2 bonus bottles, maybe for dessert or a glass while you cook);
  • Buy as many “Perfect Meal Pairings 6-Packs” as you would like, and we’ll pair more of your Blue Apron or Platted  meals for the month!

Don’t be tempted by the wine pairing services these meal plans offer, as their bottles are only of a standard-sized wine bottle, instead of our full-sized bottles.  Plus, you know you would rather have our delicious, low-chemical delights that will be artfully paired with your meals by our Award-Winning Wine Making Team!

CALL NOW (303-799-9463) TO SET-UP YOUR “PERFECT MEAL PAIRING 6-PACK” SERVICE!!

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InVINtions’ First Platinum Win!

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This year, the Award Winning Wine Making Team at InVINtions, A Creative Winery won their VERY FIRST Platinum Medal!  In the Monterey International Wine Competition, up against over 2,000 other entries, InVINtions took a platinum medal and secured the highest ever score given to a Fruit Wine in this competition.  In the last month, the team also secured a Silver Medal at Hilton Head, and two Silver and two Bronze medals at Finger Lakes!

Check out the newest additions, below…

Stop in to InVINtions today to try these new additions to the Award Winning Wines list!

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Spring is Here – Let’s BBQ

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Denvers Best Wine ShopWe know spring has already “sprung,” but this weekend looks like it will bring good grilling weather!  So, what better time than today to go over the best wine pairings for BBQ meals!  Although wine at a barbecue may seem a little out of place–maybe you are a little more used to beer at your barbecue–but there are there are plenty of bottles, white and red alike, that should be opened and enjoyed with a sizzling steak or other dish hot off the grill!

Let’s keep this easy, and straightforward… here’s the line-up of InVINtions’ wines to pair with your BBQ dishes:

The Best Wines for Grilled Burgers:

Malbec – Not all burgers are created equal, but whether its the basic version of the all-beef patty, topped with cheese, tomatoes, raw onions and pickles; or, the gourmet version with heady blue cheese or sweet mango chutney, this wine is perfect.  Rich with flavors of ripe cherry, black currant, blackberry and cassis, as well as aromas and notes of clove, vanilla, and caramel have this wine begging for red meats and barbecue.

The Best Wines for Other Burgers:

Sauvignon Blanc – For turkey or veggie burgers, try this tangy Sauvignon Blanc.  This wine casts distinctive flavors of pink grapefruit, tropical fruit, gooseberry, and passion fruit with long, rich flavors and refined fruit tannins that will complement any non-beef burger combination.

The Best Wines for Grilled Steak:

Carmenere – Hints of blackberry, black cherry, tropical fruit, and spice are met with leather, chocolate and tobacco providing a back drop to the overall aromas and flavors rounded out with soft tannins, subtle toast and vanilla.  These flavors and aromas make this wine a suitable—and much more interesting than Cabernet—alternative to cut through a rich, glistening steak.

Chateau – Flavors of many berries such as cherries, raspberries, blackberries as well as plum make this wine extremely well rounded.  Notes of pepper and chocolate make this heavy, dry, red a unique addition to any grilled steak dinner.

The Best Wines for Grilled Chicken:

Verdicchio – Herbaceous notes, wet stone, and a slightly bitter toasted almond finish form the base for this impeccable wine, and will stand-up to the smoky meat flavor chicken picks-up from the grill.  Aromatic notes of peach and apricot also do the trick to complement the smoke flavors.

Pinot Noir – The intense, expressive and fruit-driven personality of this wine makes it a delightful summer red, and one that will stand-up perfectly to the distinct flavors from the grill.  The aromatic layers of cherry, plum, spice and subtle floral notes will complement almost any grilled poultry dish.

The Best Wines for Grilled Seafood:

Pinot Grigio – Prepare your mature pallet and appreciation for the finer things in life to both be complimented with this exquisite Pinot Grigio. We have given this wine extra special attention, because that’s what it deserves, and so do you.  This Italian style Pinot Grigio is light and zippy with nice acidity, slightly fruity with flavors of peach, exotic fruits, and apricot. Pairs beautifully with shellfish, light colored fish, salads and fine cheeses. To optimize your drinking experience with this distinguished Pinot Grigio wine, serve at approximately 46 F.

The Best Wines for Grilled Sausage:

Riesling – This not so sweet Riesling explodes with pronounced ripeness and hints of apricots, peaches and other stone fruits along with citrus blossom, all while retaining a good balance of acid and sugars.  With the rush of acidity in this wine, it will enliven the flavors of the sausage in a perfect pairing.

Gamay Nouveau – Gamay, from France’s Beaujolais region, is a light red wine with fresh red fruit and candied aromas. It is an easy-to-drink red wine that is perfect for a party or picnic.  Enjoy the essence of red cherries and strawberries with a light oak finish.  Gamay has a good acid structure with very low tannins, making it better suited for early consumption. Not sure if your guests like red or white wine? Grab a bottle of Gamay Nouveau and you’re sure to please the masses.

The Best Wines for Grilled Veggies:

Naked Chardonnay – Notes of tropical citrus flavors and peach and apricot undertones, with a long, crisp finish make this Chardonnay less heavy-handed.  The lack of oak heaviness on the palate will make this your new favorite choice for those hot summer days by the barbecue!

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The 7th Annual Furry Scurry Silent Auction Kicks Off TONIGHT!

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Each year, InVINtions, A Creative Winery hosts a silent auction to benefit the Dumb Friends’ League and for its Furry Scurry Team to increase pledges to benefit the animals in the League’s care!!

This year, the silent auction will be on-line and in the winery for the ENTIRE month of April!!  In addition, we will be featuring all the INCREDIBLE items on-line several times a day.  You can find these features on our Facebook page!

Here’s how it works: Anyone can bid on or donate Silent Auction Items, the silent auction will run at InVINtions, A Creative Winery (and on-line) through the month of April, and the purchase price of the item goes directly to the Dumb Friends’ League as part of the Furry Scurry event!  Get on-line and bid on great items… it is a month long shopping spree leading up to Mother’s Day!!  There are always a plethora of GREAT ITEMS to bid on…

Last year, we raised nearly $11,000.00 for the League, just during the silent auction!  Our goal for 2017 is $20,000.00 raised in the Silent Auction!

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InVINtions, A Creative Winery Wins Best Wine Bar Title!

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For eight weeks, Denver A-List voters have been selecting their favorite businesses.  Over 75,000 people voted, and InVINtions, A Creative Winery was once again named Denver’s Best Wine Bar!  In every year we have competed for the title of Denver’s Best Wine Bar, we have received the honor!

Thanks to each and every one of our customers, Wine Club Member and all our supporters who continue to support our locally owned and operated family business!

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