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Once upon a time, I was at one of those horrible week-long corporate retreat things, and as part of a painful ‘get to know your fellow captives’ exercise, we were asked to draw a picture of our perfect weekend. I should have anticipated that we would then have to present our creations to the group. When my turn came, I pointed to the giant glass of wine in the center of the paper, and said, “We go wine tasting every Sunday. We call it church.” Turns out the rest of the table was populated by religious folks who did not appreciate my co-opting of the word. But I share this in order to raise two points: 1) I am immensely grateful not to work there anymore, and 2) Every Sunday, Hubs and I go wine tasting at Colorado Wine Company.

If you like wine and want to know more about it, there is no better or more enjoyable way to get there than to taste a lot of wine. At first, it’s just yummy. Then, you’ll start noticing that you like some grapes or styles better than others. Then, you might notice that you don’t like a particular grape when it comes from Region A, but when it comes from Region B, YUM! Then one day you’ll hear yourself guessing that the wine you’re drinking underwent secondary malolactic fermentation, and you’ll be embarrassed and proud at the same time.

What makes Colorado Wine Company our favorite place to do this? First and foremost, we love owners John and Jen Nugent. They’re unpretentious, funny, generous with their wine smarts, and they have great taste in music and employees. We love that they focus on affordable bottles – they’ll help you splurge if you want to, but for the most part, the shelves are stocked with bottles that will taste way pricier than they are. They’re also opening a specialty beer shop nearby, the bathrooms are lined with sleeves from ridiculous records, and they serve free cheese at tastings. FREE. CHEESE.

So basically, we’ll see you there on Sunday.