Downtown Denver is known for its brewpubs, but few may realize that it’s also home to D’Vine Wine, a boutique Colorado winery and Wild Women Wine. Located a block from the 16th Street Mall, D’Vine Wine is more than a wine bar as it ferments wine on-site. A California-based franchise, D’Vine Wine uses California grapes to create its Colorado wines, offering wine tastings at their Denver location.
For a charity event, a friend of mine bid and won a wine party, donated by D’Vine Wine, so about a dozen of us headed downtown for an afternoon of relaxing and wine tasting. D’Vine Wine’s great location (across from Hotel Monaco) makes it easy to find on a mid-afternoon on a Saturday. We had booked our party in advance, and we were the only ones there. The wine party is valued at $10 per person for tasting, and we were allowed to bring our appetizers. We brought in fruit and cheese trays.
D’Vine Wine’s venue is spacious and definitely oozes wine bar-esque style with racks of wine bottles, wine-themed gifts and Italian Tuscan-style décor. Our tasting event was informal, and our two hostesses were very accommodating and gracious. We wandered around “window-shopping” the novelty wine items. Since our group was larger, we divided into three groups for our tastings.
On to the tasting…the hint of fermenting grapes is in the air. Although the grapes come from Lodi, California (Napa Valley), D’Vine Wine is fermented in Colorado, in fact. There are more than 16 varietals, including white, red, blended, sweet fruit, and specialty wines.
Personally, I feel the wines could be aged a bit longer, with overall taste not as full-bodied as others – especially the reds.
However, I did really the Pinot Noir, with hints of black cherry, and the crispy citrus of the Sauvingnon Blanc.
I’m not usually a fan of reds, but I really enjoyed the fruity wine slushy – like sipping a slushy fruit sangria. D’Vine Wine makes these frequently for hot days, using various fruit wines.
I was also tempted by another D’Vine Wine offering — an opportunity for customers to blend their own wines. You select your own blend and work with the D’Vine winemakers to create your own personal varietal. After aging 10-14 weeks, you return for a bottling party and even create your own labels.
Overall, D’Vine Wine is worth a stop as another Denver attraction due to its convenient downtown location and affordable wine tastings; a perfect venue for a wedding shower, bachelorette party or bridal shower! Enjoy live music, chair massages and wine at “Music, Massage and Merlot” Friday and Saturday from 6-9.
D’Vine Wine Denver
1660 Champa Street
Denver, Colorado 80202