Elegant Appetizers at The Wine Loft

April 8 2010, 6:02 AM
In my mind, a hard day’s work deserves a trip to The Wine Loft in LoDo. The space is elegant but inviting, with tall ceilings, dark wood, and cushioned seating. And the wine list provides a diverse range of pours, including glass and bottle selections from California, France, Argentina, Colorado, and more. But it’s the food that really grabs me. Last week after work, a friend and I split a small serving of slightly sweet pumpkin ravioli with sage brown butter, as well as a narrow platter of spicy, house-made Italian sausage and tender shrimp scampi atop a comforting bed of mild goat-cheese grits. Both paired surprisingly well with a glass of 2008 Tomero Torrontes from Argentina. This is the summer dress of wine---pretty and floral, with just enough layering. Tip: During happy hour (4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 3 to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday) discount prices make these mini-meals that much more alluring. All appetizers are $2 off, and glasses of wine $11 and under go for just $5. 1527 Wazee St., 1-888-576-4555 and 7600 Landmark Way,  Ste. 107, Greenwood Village, 805-452-1747