Politics Uncorked

Andrea Frizzi, Il Posto Restaurant and the power of immigration, part 1

The Colorado Statesman

It would be easy for restaurateur Andrea Frizzi, chef-owner of Il Posto Restaurant in Denver and a native of Milan, Italy, to stay above the immigration fray, not to voice his opinion on the matter. But that’s not Frizzi’s way. Given the very serious and somewhat rancorous national conversation on exactly this topic, the time seemed ripe for a bit of beverage-fueled immigration talk with one of my most thoughtful and loquacious friends.


Third Annual Colorado Wine Week and Urban Winefest

The Colorado Statesman

In keeping with my intention to update and inform you on local beverage-based happenings, I’m dedicating this column to the upcoming Colorado Wine Week (CWW) and Colorado Urban Winefest (CUW), which return to our fine state on June 2-8, 2013.

Two days in the life of a wine journalist in Denver

Contributing Columnist

So what is it like to be a wine writer based in Denver? Perhaps the best part for me is that Colorado now boasts the second highest per-capita wine consumption of any state in the union (Nevada is first because of Las Vegas). In addition, recent legal changes such as allowing Sunday liquor sales and being able to take unfinished bottles purchased in a restaurant home (as long as resealed) have made a big difference in how we’re perceived nationally.

Artisanal wine, olive oil, and a model of scarcity

The Colorado Statesman

Liquor laws that vary from state-to-state inhibit consumer access and increase price. “When it comes to wine we are at a disadvantage here in Colorado as compared to New York, New Jersey and California,” says Steve Lewis, owner of Giuliana Imports in Denver, Colorado. “In those places, the three-tier distribution system has been done away with, more or less.”

Beer and cigars – a crazy idea?

The Colorado Statesman

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.

Colorado vine to table dinner

Homegrown Colorado products were truly the stars last Friday night at a VIP dinner kicking off the Colorado Winefest.