Politics Uncorked

Champagne, chocolate and lively conversation

The Colorado Statesman

Jefferson County Democrats usually have their annual Champagne and Chocolate celebration in December between Christmas and New Year’s since the early ’90s, and this time it was held on the 29th of December. Mike Armstrong, former chair of the Jeffco Dems, apparently began the tradition by serving hors d’ oeuvres, and then people started bringing chocolates. Eventually longtime Democratic activist Judi Butz took over at her home in the mountains and continued it for many years.

Black Raspberry Nectar, a pleasant alternative to wine

The Colorado Statesman

At another recent informal meeting of our office tasting club, SWISH, (The Statesman Wine Sampling Hour), I broke open a self-sealable bottle of Black Raspberry Nectar from Redstone Meadery, one of just a few bottles I have left in my office from Doug Caskey, president of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board. I decided to wait until the winter holiday season since the name of this nectar seemed so festive and perfect after a long Tuesday workday.

Denver Dems showcase Colorado wines

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats in Denver’s House District 6 got an early start on the holiday celebrating last month when they convened at the Congress Park home of state Rep. Lois Court and Patrick Reynolds for a fundraiser and jump start for the next election cycle.

LOTR Red Rocks has a full house and plenty of vino

The Colorado Statesman

When I got the invitation from Jeff Sacco, president of the Red Rocks Chapter for Liberty on the Rocks (LOTR), I knew I had to attend. There were going to be many well-known Coloradans in attendance.

Colorado Dreamin’: Colorado winemaker and Chairman of the Board talks about possible changes

By Kimberly Dean
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On a recent evening at home I decided to treat myself by making a home-cooked meal accompanied by a glass of red wine. I opened the 2007 Guy Drew Petit Verdot that has been sitting in my office for months, waiting for me. As it happens, the tasting notes on the website recommend it with spiced meats like a garlic and rosemary roast, prime rib or honeyed ham. I used a pork chop and some salt and pepper, but that is enough when you also have peas, carrots and leftover potato salad — which was all I had left in my fridge after coming back from vacation.

Sampling the scene at Caveau

By Kimberly Dean
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

As soon as you walk into Caveau Wine Bar, you feel like you are in an upscale, uptown New York local bar. That’s just the vibe you get at 450 East 17th Avenue in Uptown Denver. At 8 p.m. one Friday evening when my job-searching architect friend Megan and myself were about to check out Warren Miller’s “Wintervention,” the place was still bustling with the after-work crowd. Some were subdued, and some were slightly impaired, but all were happily sipping their vino.

Food, wine and a little education

American Wine Society introduces wine from Argentina

By Kimberly Dean
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

One gorgeous Friday evening in September, the American Wine Society of Denver was celebrating its monthly wine tasting at the Cork House Wine Restaurant on Colfax near downtown. I have driven by there on occasion and was always curious about the venue with its seemingly dim interior and outdoor fenced-in seating. It had been mysterious to me until now, when I finally had a reason to go there.

5280 Wine Tours CO and D’Vine Wine offer a unique view of local wine scene

By Kimberly Dean
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Before I ever started this column, I bought two tickets for a tour of Denver wineries online, just as a random surprise for my fiancé, Gavin. At the time I didn’t even know there were wineries in Denver! The tour was a great experience. There were ten of us on the bus, including our guide, Lisa, and our designated driver, Sean. We were all given a box of cheeses, grapes, crackers and chocolate to sustain us for that Saturday afternoon.

Liberty in a wine glass

By Kimberly Dean
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A while back, David Kelly, president of the Colorado Springs Chapter of the group Liberty on the Rocks invited me to a wine tasting. Unfortunately, since I am based out of Denver it wasn’t possible at the time. That’s when he put me in touch with Amanda Teresi, co-founder of the LOTR nationally and president of the Denver chapter who apparently organized this particular event just for me. I was flattered. You see, they usually like to discuss politics over a few beers, “tavern-style politics in the tradition of the founding fathers,” but that doesn't mean they don't also like to drink wine, which is my preference.

A champagne toast to King Tut

By Kimberly Dean
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Every year, the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa hosts a special ceremony that marks the beginning of the Brown Palace’s holiday season. The 23rd Champagne Cascade at the Brown Palace on November 7 was another glowing success this fall. The theme surrounded the King Tut exhibit here in Denver, complete with servers dressed as pharaohs flanking the 6,000-glass six-sided “pyramid.” As I walked in, the three-piece jazz band played while facing the tall temple as the music and the crowd filled the room and balconies above.