Eat, Drink, Play: Summit County’s wine culture
Ryan Summerlin September 2, 2012
For Summit County’s 21+ crowd, there are some amazing wine bars available for the apprehensively sipping novice to the connoisseur that can’t get enough of that full-bodied red.The social culture that surrounds wine in the High Country is great – for those who have yet to wet their whistles, now is as good a time as any to begin the sampling and adventure into wine.There is something for everyone – wine comes in red, white and pink varying from sweet to dry, full-bodied to light and airy.Here’s a selection of a few of Summit County’s finest wine spots:
D’Vine Wine, home to Wild Woman Wines is the only place in Summit County that offers music, wine and massage all at once. Every Friday and Saturday night, D’Vine Wine hosts Merlot, Music and Massage. With this outstanding deal, wine is offered at $5 and one-minute chair massages for only $1. D’Vine Wine’s general manager and proprietor, Pete Baldwin, “Naked Pete,” is known for his great sense of humor, huge personality and piano music.”I play nine instruments all together – piano, saxophone, jazz flute and many more,” Baldwin said. “Though my jazz flute is in dire need of repair.”Though D’Vine will be missing its jazz flute, Baldwin plays “his own unique style of piano entertainment” that can be heard from Breckenridge’s Main Street Fridays and Saturdays from 6-9 p.m. “It’s the only place in Summit County that serves as a piano wine bar,” Baldwin said. “We like to keep everything fun.”Baldwin, who has contracted to become the owner of the wine bar plans on changing the name to Naked Pete’s Winery at Breckenridge next ski season where he will bring equipment to make wines in-house.”I refuse to own a stuffy winery – I want this place to remain Summit County’s laid-back mountain winery,” Baldwin said. “Our wines are easy to drink – they’re fairly young wines but we have a large variety and a wide range of flavor.”The very popular “Blackberry Merlot,” is a local favorite, Baldwin said.”We call it crackberry as a joke,” Baldwin said. “When we get a shipment of it, I’ll put it on Facebook and then by the next day half of it will be gone.”On the weekends, D’Vine Wines is very busy and will book out. No reservations for wine tastings are needed, but making it in before the usual 6 p.m. rush will be in the wine taster’s favor – service is first come, first serve.
This beautiful property offers a upscale atmosphere at an affordable price. Breck Wine, Cheese & Chocolate offers an upstairs tasting room where the casual sipper can experience a unique selection of wines from around the world, artisan cheeses and chocolates. The wine bar also offers espresso for those who may be falling asleep after too much wine – hey! It happens to the best of us!The wine bar is open Sunday through Thursday from noon until 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays until 9 p.m. Wanting a little more wine knowledge? Breck Wine, Cheese & Chocolate offers year long informational seminars about wine regions, varieties and tastings.
Located directly next door to The Wine Merchant, Frisco Foodies offers a great atmosphere and quaint tasting room that is open everyday.The location features a very beautiful open tasting room with lots of windows providing plentiful natural lighting and an expansive wine selection.Foodies, loyal to its name, also offers artisan cheeses, specialty meats, spices, teas, candies, vinegars and oils, marinades and grilling sauces.A person that is passionate about food, will find a multitude of options for pairing wines with the specialty market items.