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.
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!?!