Sip Local: Colorado Wine Week

May 24 2012, 12:20 PM

Colorado is home to nearly 100 licensed wineries and the variety of wines produced on our soil is impressive. You can sip everything from Infinite Monkey Theorem's lightly effervescent Black Muscat in a can (refreshing on a hot summer night), to Jack Rabbit Hill's off-dry organic Riesling (a great foil for spicy food), to Two Rivers Winery's full-bodied Syrah (think grilled steaks).

Now in its second year, Colorado Wine Week—scheduled for June 3-9—includes a series of events celebrating the state's growing grape industry. Free tastings will be held throughout the metro area; restaurants will offer specials on local wine and food pairings; Front Range wineries will host various on-site events; and the week will culminate with unlimited tastings from 42 wineries at the Urban Winefest, June 9, in Denver's Sculpture Park.

Sip This: On June 4, four local bartenders—headed by Colt & Gray's Kevin Burke—will turn happy hour on its ear by mixing Colorado wine-inspired cocktails. It's $5 to get in, and drinks and small bites will be on special. 6-9 p.m., Colt & Gray, 1553 Platte St., 303-477-1447