Through the Grapevine
By Kimberly Dean
The wine and liquor shop Grape Expectations on Kearney Street in Denver is a family owned and operated business. Owner John King employs his daughter Katie, and son Matt. Chas Patterson, an honorary part of the family, was also there the day I stopped in for a chat.
Touting their own Colorado wine section, the Kings are happy to sample them alongside other worldly wines during their free tastings on Fridays and Saturdays from 3-7 p.m.
John King says his customers really look forward to it. There are certain wines made in Colorado that John supports, he thinks some Colorado wines are mere novelties, he said. “I don’t sell souvenirs. I sell wine.”
Upon entering Grape Expectations, a play on words from the novel Great Expectations, one should expect nothing less than great service. “People depend on us. We’ve worked hard to gain people’s trust.”
The local shop has been on the block for 10 ½ years, and in that particular location for eight. In the liquor business for three decades and tasting wine and spirits for just as long, he doesn’t sell anything he hasn’t tasted. He said there is always something to learn. “The more you know, the more you don’t know.”