First Fridays With The Infinite Monkey Theorem

August 27 2009, 11:37 AM
If you've attended the Art District on Santa Fe's First Friday Art Walk lately, you know what a scene it's become. Packed galleries, crowded sidewalks, hoards of twentysomethings trying to cross the street at the same time. Both taking advantage of the crowd---and offering a respite from it---is the Infinite Monkey Theorem, an urban winery that set up shop last summer inside a converted Quonset hut off of West Fifth Avenue and Santa Fe Drive. During First Fridays, IMT opens its courtyard wine bar---and I use the term loosely---for its Drunken Monkey Art Under the Influence celebration. The winery is rough around the edges, with a concrete courtyard, blue plastic awning, and stacks of plastic grape-transport bins, but during First Fridays the generous pours run $8 to $10. The crisp Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend is perfect for a hot evening. The Chardonnay, however, tastes a bit too much like buttered popcorn, especially as it warms. Next week, the winery will be pouring Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay and offering barrel samples of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Malbec. Tip: Arrive at IMT by 5:30 p.m. to avoid crowds and snag good parking for the art walk. Plus, you might get more time to chat with winemaker Ben Parsons. 931 W. Fifth Ave., 970-260-0710