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Sommelier Clara Klein at Sunday Vinyl. Photo by Joni Schrantz

Meet Sunday Vinyl Sommelier Clara Klein

Wine drinkers, assemble: There’s a new pro in town.

Editor’s note: The April 2020 issue went to print prior to governor Polis’ March 16 suspension of all on-site dining and drinking in Colorado. So, while you can’t visit Sunday Vinyl until it reopens on May 11, you can support the restaurant by buying an e-gift card. Or, read on for a few of super somm Clara Klein’s favorite bottles, available at local wine shops, to tide you over. 

Sunday Vinyl sommelier Clara Klein is something of a superhero. Her origin story? Years of training under wine stars at the Little Nell in Aspen, Mourad in San Francisco, and Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder. Her costume? An infectious smile and shiny gold Nike Air Force 1s. And her power? Nimbly scaling the 13-foot-tall ladder that slides across the two-level wine wall at the chic, three-month-old European-style wine bar behind Union Station, retrieving bottles from its Old World meets New World list in mere moments. Klein attends to her guests with grace and flair, never failing to describe a wine using less than evocative language (“crunchy,” “gushy,” “wild”), while the bar’s killer acoustics and vinyl beats fuel her moves. “The support of the Frasca family gives you the freedom to be your best self,” Klein says. “I feel like I’m an Avenger.” So, whether you’re at Sunday Vinyl for a juicy pork burger at the bar or choose to indulge in a full dinner of bison tartare, roasted carrots, and rack of lamb, be sure to call on your friendly neighborhood somm to tell you what to drink with it. Klein won’t let you down.

Clara Klein’s Favorite Bottles to Buy Now

All of the following wines are sustainably farmed and most are organic and made using indigenous yeasts. Every wine sits right around the $20 mark and can be found at your local boutique wine shop—if not the exact bottle, then a very similar wine should be available. Don’t be afraid to ask!

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