Join winemaker Paul Bonacquisti as he interviews Colorado musicians, taste-tests the best wine on the shelves, tells you about amazing tourist destinations, and plays great music- all recorded from the cozy Bonacquisti Wine Company in Denver.
Taught by his father, who was a passionate winemaker himself, Paul has been a passionate Sommelier since 2006. His wines have earned several bronze, silver and gold medals in the Colorado Wine Governor's Cup Competition, as well as international recognition. Paul's wines- and the Denver Wine Radio show- are all about changing the way people experience wine.
A Taste of Tempranillo and Kingman Estates Winery
This time Paul and 'Cha get together to sample some Tempranillo and go over some of the robust flavors that emit from it. We also hear from Doug Kingman from Kingman Estates Winery.
10 acres and a barn in the Grand Valley of the Colorado River, near Palisade. Really, it started with a dream and a strong desire to create Colorado Wines that are equal to, or better, than wines from other great wine producing regions throughout the world.
The unique climate and soil conditions in the Grand Valley of Colorado yield a grape with outstanding characteristics enabling the production of uniquely exquisite wines. We are proud to be among the wineries in Colorado that serve authentic, handcrafted wines made right here in our facility.
Tasting Vinnie Fera Wines from Boulder
Cha-Cha's back again! This time we're trying a well-bodied 2019 Malbec from Vinnie Fera Wineries in Boulder, CO. It's called Hogback, which might sound like an odd name, but it makes sense once you hear founder Tim Moley explain it. Vinnie Fera has been around since 2016, and they say they pick their grapes based on what fits best in the Colorado landscape. They're not forcing anything here- they want to allow the full flavor and potential of their grapes to come through when the wine hits your tongue, and spoiler alert, they definitely succeed with the Hogback. You can check their website out here if you'd like to pick some up for yourself.
G Brown: Colorado Music Experience founding director and author
Paul is joined by Colorado Music Experience founding director and author, G Brown. G covered popular music at The Denver Post for 26 years, interviewing well over 3200 musicians, including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and Kurt Cobain. He's also amassed an archive of close to 150 rare promotional photos, and he's put them all into a new book series called On Record.
ChaCha's back! And we're back to wine tasting. This week, we've got a lovely selection from Carboy, a fast-growing and award-winning winery with four locations across Colorado. We test their 2019 Riesling from Grand Valley, and it's quite the treat. We also get a special audio clip from Tyzok Wharton, Head Winemaker at Carboy, where he walks us through their whole winemaking process.
Carboy also has 3 wines in the Governor's Cup this year. If you'd like to learn more about them or pick up some of their wines yourself (which we'd definitely recommend), you can visit their website here.
Wine Week Panel Discussion
I recently attended a wine tasting event hosted by Blanchard Family Wines in downtown Denver. Four winemakers each presenting one Colorado wine to an enthusiastic and thirsty crowd during Colorado Wine Week. In attendance was Doug Kingman from Kingman Estates Winery, Tim Moly from Vinny Fera Winery in Boulder, Tyzok Wharton from Carboy Winery in Littleton and myself. After the tasting and presentation, we had a panel discussion for the attendees to ask us questions. This is a part of that discussion which will hopefully give you some insight into the world of Colorado wine special. Thank you to James Blanchard for hosting this event and letting us pour our wines in his tasting room.
Italian Heritage Wines
Nationally, October is Italian Heritage Month and since 2019, Colorado Governor Jared Polis has signed a proclamation designating October as Italian Heritage Month in Colorado. The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver drafted the proclamation noting the many different ways in which Italians helped and contributed to the establishment of many industries within the state. My guests are Susan Gurule from The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver and Alisa DiGiacomo from History Colorado.
Alisa DiGiacomo is the director of curatorial services and the senior curator at History Colorado. In 2007, she curated the Italians of Denver exhibit at the Colorado History Museum. A fifth-generation Italian American in Colorado, she holds a B.A. in art history and photography from the University of Northern Colorado and an M.A. in art history and museum studies from the University of Denver.
We encourage people to explore, document, share and celebrate our Heritage. In case people are not aware, History Colorado has one of the largest Italian American research archives in the nation. Developed in partnership with the Colorado Italian American community (beginning in 2002) it is a rich resource currently in the final stages of processing. Many items are available online and work continues.