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.
: 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