Kimberly Dean

A glass of wine with Crisanta Duran

The Colorado Statesman

Since my last two pieces about wine contained no real politics at all, it is time to get back to our original theme. It’s been a while since Politics Uncorked contained a one-on-one with a local legislator, and now that the session is over, everyone is a bit easier to get in touch with.

Half Full, Half Empty, or the Wrong Glass Altogether?

The Colorado Statesman

I never knew that the right glass could make all the difference in my experience with wine, but I have recently learned differently. Having been to several wine festivals in the last year or so, I had seen these little seminars setting up with glasses of varying shapes and sizes and eventually red and white wines poured carefully into said glasses before the seminar began. The area would be roped-off, and only the special ticket-holders were allowed to partake.

Wine tasting at ‘Colorado’s Home’ hasn’t lost its charm

The Colorado Statesman

The second annual event benefitting the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund took place the evening of June 9, over two months earlier than before.

Spring holidays call for wine

The Colorado Statesman

As Passover and Easter re approaching and people are making plans for holiday and family dinners, decisions are being made on the menu, and naturally that includes the right wines.

Growing grapes in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

In keeping with our salute to National Agriculture Day we decided to highlight the big picture of the grape-growing industry in the state of Colorado.

Delizio’s delights! Monthly wine dinners a hit in Bega Park neighborhood eatery

The Colorado Statesman

If you haven’t been to Delizio’s Café and Wine Bar in the last year then you really should go. They just celebrated their one-year anniversary on March 15, and deserve a lot of support for being gutsy enough to open a unique business this crazy economic climate.

Parker Dems discuss schools at Vines Wine Bar

The Colorado Statesman

I met Robert Tait and his wife Jessie Alba Tait, committee members of the Parker Democrats, at their monthly meeting conveniently held at Vines Wine Bar on Mainstreet in Parker. Seemingly young for such organizers, they held their own and kept order as if they had been holding meetings for decades. Of course, plying people with wine never hurts.

D’Vine Wine and D’Vine Women

The Colorado Statesman

At a recent meeting at D’Vine Wine on Champa Street in Denver, Charlene Meriwether, owner, told me about a Business After Hours event and Art Gallery Opening at the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce that I just had to attend. Charlene was going to be pouring her Wild Women Wines, so of course I needed to make an appearance.

Representative Andy Kerr finds time for wine

The Colorado Statesman

I had recently interviewed Representative Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, for a previous article, which lead me to further curiosity about his wine interests. While he gave me his take on Senate Bill 60, he also told me about his background in the restaurant business, and out came his love for good wine. I invited him to sit and talk with me over a glass to discuss wine and politics, and otherwise entertain the readers at The Colorado Statesman.

Colorado Restaurant Association wines and dines elected officials

The Colorado Statesman

Senate Bill 60 and the fight to drink light

The Colorado Restaurant Association’s Blue Ribbon Legislative Reception on Jan. 12 attracted dozens of legislators, old and new, to the Capitol Peak Ballroom on the top floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Denver. One of the most highly anticipated events of the year on legislators’ social calendars, name-tagged suits flooded the space in less than half an hour.