Winemakers, Vino Tasters

Colorado has never been known for its wine. No offense to the western slope, but cherry wine and peach wine are not wine. A few years ago, however, the Denver wine scene improved dramatically with the opening of Bigsby’s Folly, a winery, restaurant, and event space.

Photo courtesy Amelia Ann Photography

Moving into Denver’s artsy-industrial RiNo District, Bigsby’s Folly offers their own wines with grapes grown in Napa Valley and transported to Denver for production and blending. The owners, Chad and Marla, have worked their tails off creating beautiful wines served in a beautiful space. And for those interested in creating their own, unique Bordeaux-style red blend, they offer a private wine blending session guided by their sommelier, Matt.

A little like a science lesson, an afternoon in a private wine blending session is equal parts educational and entertaining, as much of the table is covered in glass beakers and the remainder of the table is covered in five different varietals of red wine – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.

One side of your worksheet is an explanation of the base varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

The other side is where you create your own magic, putting together up to 9 different trial blends,

Until you find your perfect match.

Consider it the eHarmony of wine.

Of course, unlike dating, there are plenty of delightful fallbacks to get you through your trials and tribulations.

Once you’ve built your perfect blend, the real mad scientist comes out.

As you calculate (with Matt’s help…please, we’re not mathematicians!) the correct milliliters to turn your little glass of wine into a full bottle of your very own wine.

And then combine the five different grapes into one seemingly perfect creation.

Fully focused and careful not to spill a drop.

Then it’s off to the corking station to seal in all the goodness.

Before throwing on your very own, custom label,

And signing your name to the back.

The final product…perfect centerpieces for the food tables at our reception.

A perfectly pleasant afternoon spent with the best of friends.

Don’t you wine to check it out!?!

37 thoughts on “Winemakers, Vino Tasters

  1. This looks like fun even though I’m not a fan of wine. A beer, please. 😎

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    1. Denver has you covered there too!! Thanks for reading.


  2. I love the doggy logos on the corks!

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    1. It is such a nice touch! We definitely keep the corks long after the wine is gone!

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  3. Cherry and peach wine… oh Lord no no no It could be ira dei around us cheers and enjoy

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    1. Exactly! Thanks for reading! Take care!

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  4. Sounds like such a fun time spent with friends. Love your labels … nicely done!

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    1. Thank you so much! The bottles are certainly a nice memento. Thanks for reading!

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  5. Thanks for the times you visit me and leave me likes. An enjoyable moment for me. Keep reporting. I like pictures even though wine and I have no appreciation for each other. πŸ˜€

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  6. This sounds like so much fun! Defiantly on the list of things to do next time I’m in Denver!

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    1. Totally worth it! Thanks for reading!

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      1. You’re welcome!

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  7. What a great idea. I have to admit, I was worried this was going to be a blog about peach wine!

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  8. I don’t really drink, but this seems so fun! I love how personalized the whole process is. It’s so cool you even get your own label. I think this would be a great experience. πŸ˜€

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    1. Walking away with your own bottle is pretty special. And because the goal is to get to a nice bottle of wine out of the experience, it’s not the kind of experience where “over-indulging” is encouraged. If something doesn’t work, you dump it out and move on to your next trial.

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      1. I bet it is! That must be really neat! It sounds so fun and unique. And that’s good to know!

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  9. The Bordeaux wine does indeed taste splendid. Had the pleasure of tasting one in France.
    But the process of making such an exquisite wine is painstaking. Precision accuracy (and mathematics, sorry) is involved. And so are the efforts needed for wine tasting. Thanks to both of you for sharing this post and showing a part of those efforts which go into wine tasting.. 😊

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    1. There is something very precise about making five different varietals come together in a way that is pleasing and not off-putting. Fortunately we had a very good instructor!

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      1. Indeed.. Fine crafts like these should involve a lot of precision and science.. Thank you for sharing.. 😊

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      2. Surely.. Thank you and Have a great weekend.. ☺️

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