Winemaker on Tour

This past week I spent an amazing 48 hours in Denver, Colorado. I’d only been to Denver a few times in the past but always remember having a good time. We had quite a few amazing meals this trip. The first was a lunch at Pallatte’s located at the Denver Museum of Art. The Ahi Tuna tacos were a great start and then the Cobb salad was the perfect light introduction to what would turn out to be several great meals. The dinner that night was at a small casual gastro pub called the Coral Room located in an unassuming strip mall in one of the most up and coming areas of the Denver suburbs. We went through several courses paired with the Robert Mondavi Winery wines. The highlights for me was the smoked salmon appetizer as well as the amazing cheesecake with blueberry sauce for dessert. The next day following a meeting with our amazing distributor team we went to lunch at a restaurant called Cool River. I had a wonderful 7oz Filet here which was the highlight of the meal and I still feel a bit of regret that I didn’t get a chance to try their Makers Mark Bread Pudding. Maybe next visit? Dinner that night was at an amazing restaurant called Coolhills run by a husband and wife team comprised of Tom Coolhill, the culinary genius, and D, the front of house manager. The multi course menu that we went through was the gastronomic highlight of the trip. Our wines were beautifully paired with the dishes which are listed in full below.

All and all it was a very successful sales trip and I especially loved meeting all the amazing people that came to all the lunches and dinners.

Meanwhile, back in Napa, I was getting Brix updates from some of our Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc vineyards which included one block of Pinot that was at 17.5 Brix, last Monday. Harvest is approaching rapidly and I’m happy to be back home to turn my full focus on the incoming fruit.

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