Expertly curated wine lists are no longer sideshows to meals at upscale restaurants in Denver, thanks to the city’s growing roster of stellar wine bars. At these local tasting rooms, passionate sommeliers and wine enthusiasts are pouring vintages crafted by a wide variety of excellent producers, from smaller, boutique vineyards to large-scale operations. Whether you’re a pét-nat connoisseur or don’t know a chardonnay from a sauvignon blanc, there’s a wine bar in Denver that will satisfy your palate. Here, 14 of our favorite places to grab a glass or bottle.
Editor’s Note: This is a living list of the best wine bars, listed in alphabetical order, that was last updated on March 29, 2022. Did we miss your favorite? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After Jon Schlegel fulfilled a dream to start a restaurant via the Colorado-based chain Snooze an A.M Eatery, he and his family headed overseas to attain another dream: living abroad. Schlegel landed in Italy’s Piedmont region in 2013, where he purchased a small vineyard and learned the business of winemaking. In 2020, upon returning to Denver, he opened downtown’s chicest wine bar, Attimo, which translates to “moment” in Italian—a reminder to pause and enjoy each experience. Attimo delivers a respite you can’t help but linger over, with its statement geometric tile floor, floating lights made from decanters, and images of the Italian countryside adorning the walls. Attimo wines, including the earthy, jammy Langhe Nebbiolo and the tart, apricot-forward Langhe Favorita, are made with grapes grown in Italy that are crushed and liquified before they are sent to Denver to be blended and aged in the barrel room, which your server will encourage you to peruse on your way to the bathroom. Request a flight of regional reds, whites, or a combination, and settle in with a charcuterie board to savor a moment of bliss. 2246 Larimer St.
Bigsby’s Folly Craft Winery
Since 2017, Bigby’s Folly urban winery and tasting room has impressed lovers of affordable, easy-to-drink whites, reds, and rosés with vintages crafted for its brand in the Napa and Sonoma valleys (selected ones such as the Everyday Porch Pounder are also produced on-site). The business’ name is a nod to husband-and-wife owners Chad and Marla Yetka’s beloved late golden retriever, Bigsby, and the joyful and creative spirit of the Roaring 1920s—also known as “Années Folles” or “Crazy Years” in France. Within the past few months, Bigsby’s Folly released its first sparkling wine, a soft and citrusy brut cuvée, and the 2017 vintage of its flagship wine called the Rock Drill, a blackberry-jam-forward Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon with a hint of petite sirah. Try them both during happy hour (Monday–Thursday, 4–6 p.m.), when you can get nine-once pours for the six-ounce price and nibble on plates like artichoke and tomato bruschetta and jalapeño-cheddar elk sausage flatbread. While late 2021’s Marshall Fire stalled the Yetkas’ plans to open a second Bigby’s Folly in downtown Superior, the project is still in the works; keep an eye on the winery’s Instagram account for updates. 3563 Wazee St.
Blanchard Family Wines
Dairy Block’s Blanchard Family Wines has shined the spotlight on Colorado-made wine since it opened in 2018. The California-based winery, which was founded by two brothers, Mark and James Blanchard, expanded to Denver when James, who had been stationed in Colorado with the U.S. Air Force, decided to make the Centennial state his permanent home. Though the wines are still produced in California, Blanchard makes two wines from fruit grown in the Grand Valley region—the Dairy Block Blend, vinted from petite pearl and Verona grapes and the Rocky Mountain Rosé, made from malbec, cabernet franc, and petite verdot. Denverites can also taste a sampling of the local terroir via flights of Colorado-made selections from other wineries—many of which are made with cold-hardy varietals suited to the Rocky Mountain climate. Pair your tasting with a popcorn flight from Denver-based Kettle Head Popcorn, or local sweets like cake pops from Azucar Bakery or chocolates from M2 Confections. 1855 Blake St.
Speer and Littleton
Seven-year-old Carboy Winery has made a name for itself as a leader in Colorado wine, sourcing grapes from Grand Valley as well as its own vineyards in Palisade. In 2021, Carboy won the best in show award at Colorado Uncorked as part of the Governor’s Cup Wine Collection for its 2019 teroldego wine, a dark, juicy red made with a quick-ripening varietal from northwestern Italy that thrives in Colorado’s hot summer climate. Though this award-winner is sold out, enthusiasts can taste Carboy’s other offerings at one of two metro-area locations—both of which welcome amateurs and connoisseurs alike with industrial-chic interiors, flights, and wines on tap. The daily happy hour (3–6 p.m.) features $2 off wines by the glass, and a $30 bottle and board deal, with an assortment of meat and cheese plates to choose from. Traveling west? Check out the Breckenridge and Palisade tasting rooms as well. 400 E 7th Ave.; 6885 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton
Deep Roots Winery & Bistro
In 2021, five-year-old Deep Roots Winery & Bistro moved into a sprawling tasting room and production facility on Blake Street—an airy, industrial building it shares with Bierstadt Lagerhaus. Here, Denverites can imbibe one of the 15-plus house wines made on the premises from California- and Colorado-grown grapes, including a standout orange-and-honeysuckle-tinged viogner and smooth, tobacco-scented petite syrah. A family affair, Deep Roots is a collaboration between two sisters, Carol Ann Edenburn and Teara Walters, and Teara’s husband, Steve. The siblings grew up stomping grapes for their grandfather and followed their passion to Colorado, where the Walters make wine along with vintner Camron Eidsness, and Edenburn runs the bistro kitchen, which serves pasta, pizza, and small plates. We like sampling a mix of whites reds via the Vintner’s Pick flight, along with an assortment of bruschetta topped with savory-sweet accouterments like crème de brie, fig jam, and fried prosciutto; and romesco with goat cheese and red wine reduction. For a special night out with the crew, call ahead and reserve one of the tables outfitted with frame-suspended, swinging chairs or the semi-private, round leather booths in the back. 2875 Blake St., Ste. C
The Infinite Monkey Theorem
If canned wine is the cornerstone of your home bar, you can thank 14-year-old Infinite Monkey Theorem for popularizing the picnic- and tailgate-ready innovation. Founder and former winemaker Ben Parsons introduced the company’s first single-serve canned moscato to the masses at the 2011 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, a move that put the business on the map. Since then, the company continues to release new offerings, from robust cabernet francs to bubbly syrah-based rosés, crafted with grapes from Colorado’s Western Slope and Texas’ High Plains. Now led by president and CEO Nicki McTague and an all-female operations team, the Infinite Monkey Theorem sells its cans and bottles online and wines on tap at the sprawling RiNo tasting room. In the warm-weather months, patrons can enjoy the winery’s flagship red—a cabernet sauvignon syrah blend that brims with flavors of cherries, blackberries, and currents—in the blossom-loaded Infinite Garden. This year, it is also partnering with local florist Rowdy Poppy, which will host special events such as seasonal flower sales and classes (think: yoga and bouquet design) in the green space. 3200 Larimer St.
La Bouche might be the closest you can get to a Parisian wine escape in the Mile High City. At the cozy spot, husband-and-wife owners Alexis and Alexandra Tréton pour a curated selection of wines alongside sophisticated French bites like quiche, oeuf-cocottes (baked eggs), and croque monsieurs and madames—offerings best enjoyed during the newly launched weekend brunch. The duo moved to Denver from the suburbs of Paris in 2020, following their dream to open a French wine bar in the Rockies. The wine menu reflects this celebration of two cultures, offering over 40 bottles—all crafted in France or the United States—and six rotating wines on tap, available via glass or carafe. Idle away an afternoon at one of the bistro tables, reminiscent of a charming Parisian cafe, or soak up the sun on the adjacent patio. Or bypass the wine list and opt for a classic French cocktail like kir, made with white wine with a splash of crème de fruit (passion fruit liqueur), or pastis, an anise-flavored spirit diluted with water and served over ice. 1100 E 17th Ave
The folks at this three-year-old wine bar in RiNo like the word “honest.” They use it to describe their grapes, eschewing “natural,” which is a contentious word in wine circles these days. For Scott Mattson (who also owns Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club) and Troy Bowen, that simply means pouring wines that aren’t overly manufactured or have additives, like yeast or sulfites. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter: For the nonsommelier set, letting Noble Riot’s staff help you decide on a glass—or bottle—that will make your taste buds happy is what it’s all about. It’s true you might not see the name of even one vineyard you’re familiar with, but that’s part of the fun. In fact, nabbing a seat at the petite bar might mean the barkeep will ply you with tasters until you find something you sincerely love—and there’s nothing controversial about that. 1336 27th St.
Baker, Hale, and LoHi
While the Postino Winecafe chain was born in Phoenix in 2001, all three Denver locations have their own charming Colorado spin. Case in point: The outpost on North Broadway—situated in the building previously occupied by the gay bar Compound Basix—honors its music-rich roots with a 300-square-foot wall installation made from hundreds of 1960s and ’70s playbills. The casual wine bars’ vintage-decor-bedecked interiors and sunny patios are ideal destinations for catching up with loved ones over a glass of vino and a bruschetta board (choose from 12 varieties to customize your own). As for what to drink, the Postino beverage team collaborates with small family winemakers across the world to curate a rotating list of by-the-glass, food-pairing-friendly vintages, many of which are crafted exclusively for the restaurant. Highlights from the spring menu include an Australian-grown Rhône blend called D’Arenberg Viognier-Marsanne that brims with notes of pineapple, ginger, and green papaya—an ideal complement to the bruschetta topped with smoked salmon, whipped feta, and wild arugula. 2715 17th St., 145 N. Broadway, 830 N. Colorado Blvd., Highlands Ranch location coming in late 2022
Sienna Wine Bar
While we love the glitz and glam of some of Denver’s swankier tasting rooms, we also can’t resist the charm of a quirky neighborhood wine bar. Sienna Wine Bar, owned and operated by Mary Kent since its opening in 2010, is our go-to spot for a casual meetup over a glass of good grapes amidst royal-blue-painted and exposed-brick walls, gold-framed mirrors, and colorful, Bohemian artwork. With over 20 rotating wines available by the glass and nearly 70 bottles to choose from (30 percent off if you purchase them to go), Sienna’s menu has something for everyone, from fresh, bubbly cava to velvety, cherry-forward carmenère. Happy hour (3–6 p.m. daily and all day Sunday) features a selection of $6 glasses and discounted small plates. We like the smooth, creamy white bean dip drizzled with olive oil and served with soft pita bread and red, purple, and yellow baby carrots. In late spring or early summer, Sienna will relocate into a building across the street, which offers a slightly larger tasting room and a cozy patio. 3422 E. 12th Ave.
Opened in December 2019, this kid sister to Tavernetta has grown up to be a confident, beautiful, independent hostess, who’s always at the ready to fill your glass. Like Tavernetta, which sits just across the alleyway on what amounts to the train platform at Union Station, Sunday Vinyl’s repertoire of grapes is thoughtful and well-curated. But it’s the ways in which Sunday Vinyl’s wine menu diverges that makes it worth finding a spot at the intimate horseshoe bar. First, it breaks out of the Italy-only box to also offer fermented happiness from places like Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Chile, and Oregon, among others. Second, the by-the-bottle selection (with easily more than 350 choices) is broken up by flavor profile descriptions that are not only chuckle-inducing—e.g., “Brisk & Edgy,” “Ripe & Gushy,” “Spicy & Mineral & Crunchy”—but actually helpful. This playful vibe isn’t limited to the grapes, though. The spot’s other reason for existing (beyond great wine) is to spin good vinyl by which to quaff. Check out the restaurant’s public playlists on Spotify. 1803 16th St.
Trellis Wine Bar
In June 2021, longtime friends and real estate veterans Alisha Stoltz and Ilona Botton opened Trellis Wine Bar in Park Hill, fulfilling their dreams of owning a business together and sharing their love of wine with the local community. At Trellis, they pour about 40 offerings produced by lesser-known winemakers, all of which are available by the glass to encourage patrons to sample different varietals. Button, who earned her sommelier certification in 2008, curates the rotating menu, which is featured on a giant chalkboard in Trellis’ two-story, light-drenched space. Linger over a glass of French crémant or Oregon pinot noir at the sleek bar adjacent to the glassed-in wine cooler or on lime-hued, velvet couches flanked by plants and an art installation embellished with leaves and the word “wine” in neon-lit letters. During happy hour (4–5 p.m. daily) all glasses of wine are half off and the monthly themed flights (March’s featured female winemakers to celebrate Women’s History Month) are also worth ordering. 2868 Fairfax St.
Arrive early to grab a seat at nine-year-old Truffle Table, which fills up, even on weeknights, with eager patrons looking to pass around a bottle of Italian pinot grigio or French Côtes du Rhone and nibble at comforting meat and cheese boards, warm baguettes, or blue-cheese-stuffed dates in relaxed-but-refined digs. Select from more than 20 curated wines from around the world, including an assortment of house wines on tap. The soft din of adjacent tables and focused bustle of the waitstaff hum softly in the background at the perfect noise level to allow you to focus on the company at hand. The happy hour window is blissfully generous, held from 2–6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, when $6 glasses and $24 bottles are served along with discounted small plates and $5 beers. 2556 15th St. Note: Truffle Table is on vacation until April 5, but look for patio seating to return this spring once it reopens (weather permitting).
Before Jenn and Jarrett Feinstein debuted their petite wine bar in the Berkeley neighborhood in June 2020, the hospitality veterans spent years exploring vineyards and tasting rooms in California’s Santa Barbara County, where Jenn also gained experience overseeing Sunstone Winery. At Vin Rouge, the inviting ambiance—furnished with hardwood floors and exposed brick, a sleek, marble-topped bar, and a jungle of plants—aligns with the warm hospitality the Feinsteins strive to provide. Jenn, a self-professed “wine whisperer,” is dedicated to using patrons’ preferences to help them step outside of their comfort zones and discover fresh classic and obscure varietals. The menu highlights boutique natural wines from across the world. Opt for the monthly wine flight, which are tailored to accompany the seasonal, locally sourced cheese and charcuterie board (a guided tasting takes place the first Tuesday of every month). Also save the date for Vin Rouge’s two-year anniversary celebration on June 17, a ticketed bash paired with bites from Boulder’s Blackbelly. 4412 Yates St.
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