May 1, 2020
While the 16 blocks of Cherry Creek North are much quieter for now, the local business community is still (virtually) here for all your shopping, dining and wellness needs. We're keeping you updated all week long with how-to guides and promotions from your favorite places with Keep Cherry Creek Unique.
Note: All restaurants featured in this series have confirmed they are adhering to CDC food safety guidelines as required by the City of Denver. If you have any questions, please contact individual restaurants to learn more.
Miss Wine Tasting With Friends? Take Your Sipping Sessions Virtual.
Featuring The Vineyard Wine Shop
While The Vineyard Wine Shop is still open for walk-in, pick-up and delivery, we're sorely missing their free in-store weekend wine tastings right now as the sunny spring days have returned. What we wouldn't give to see that iconic red tricycle beckoning us in for a sample of something delicious!
Until Colorado's oldest wine specialty store can re-open, the shop invites you to enjoy virtual wine tastings with general manager, wine buyer and Master of Wine candidate Nathan Gordon every Saturday!
Even though you can't gather with family and friends in person, The Vineyard Wine Shop is offering virtual tastings so you can learn more about wine together, while still apart.
This Saturday's (5/2) tasting pack, for example, will highlight two Rioja selections from Hermanos Peciña. For $40, your discounted tasting pack will include Crianza and Reserva bottlings available for in-store or curbside pickup this week (local delivery also available for $10). All those purchasing the wines will receive an email Saturday morning with a video conference link to join this special tasting for Saturday, May 2 at 5pm, where Gordon will introduce the wines, talk about the region and field questions from attendees.
The Vineyard launched this new tasting experience last week with great success, and plans to continue to host them weekly until things settle back to normal.
Don't consider yourself a wine tasting expert? Not to worry, Gordon has three tasting tips to prepare you for the virtual tasting (or any at-home tasting of your own):
- Pour both wines in advance. If you have a couple of decanters, use them—but don’t worry if you don’t. Just pour a good-sized glass of each 30 minutes before the tasting and the wines will open up in glass and bottle. Oh, and taste them as soon as you pour so that you can establish a reference point and better experience their evolution in glass.
- Use good wine glasses, but don’t go crazy. You don’t need a special glass for every variety (no matter what certain glassware companies may tell you). One good universal glass is all anyone needs. It should be wider at the bottom of the bowl than it is at the top, tapering inward toward the rim, and ideally you can fit your nose all the way into the glass. But if all you have on hand are a couple of Mason jars, just make sure they’re clean and you’ll still get most of the point.
- Have an open mind! The point of tasting wines from around the world is trying things you may not have experienced before. You may not like everything (that’s why they make different kinds!) but know that I’ve chosen every wine we’ll show on these tastings because it tells a true story—of vintage, of variety, of regional style—so that we can all experience those stories together.
Expect the tasting to run about half an hour, so here's a fun plan (and, by the way, a genius Mother's Day gift): send a tasting pack to Mom (or invite some friends to join), and set up your own video chat for afterward. That way you can enjoy a couple of great bottles together, apart!
Click here to purchase your tasting pack, or give The Vineyard a call at (303) 355-8324.
If you can't make it this time around, The Vineyard is also organizing virtual tastings like this (hosted and otherwise) for customers across the Front Range, so give them a call if you'd like to set one up for family, friends or clients. And if your mom's just not the Zooming type, their Wine of the Month Club is continuing as usual, and they also have a variety of gift packages that would make for equally thoughtful gifts.
Almond Toffee Cookie Recipe
Featuring Enstrom Candies
All that wine talk has us craving something sweet, and why not perfect your baking skills while you're staying home?
Fortunately, Enstrom Candies shared an Almond Toffee Cookie recipe with us that has our mouths watering for their iconic (and nationally beloved) almond toffee.
You can call the Cherry Creek North store at (303) 322-1005 to have the milk chocolate almond toffee crumbs called for in this recipe ready for pick-up, or order them from the website. While you're at it, they also have a lot of great gifts for Mom (if ordering online, the deadline is Tuesday, May 5 at 12pm MST).
Support all the Cherry Creek North restaurants offering delivery, to-go and curbside pick-up by ordering a bite from one of your favorites (or try somewhere new) this weekend!
Mentioned in this Post