If you live in metro Denver (or are just visiting) this is a winery you need to stop at! Bonacquisti Wine Company is producing some delicious wines. Their most popular wines (and my favorites as well) are Vinny No Neck, which is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is named after owners Paul and Judi Bonacquisti’s 7 year old son, Vincent. The other favorite is Bella Risa, a white blend that includes different varietals each year. It is named after their 9 year old daughter, Marisa. Bonacquisiti’s produces other whites and reds (I particularly enjoyed their Zinfandel and Sangiovese) and a port wine. Paul obtains his grapes from Colorado and a few other states, and crushes, ferments and bottles his wine onsite at the tasting room. He says his blends are his specialty.
Paul is a jovial guy, who enjoys talking with people about wine. He grew up making wine as a hobby. He learned the skills from his Dad, who was a jeweler by trade, who learned winemaking from his father, who came from Italy to work in the coal mines near Trinidad, Colorado. About 6 years ago, Paul changed careers, obtained his Level 2 sommelier certificate and launched the winery. Trying to decide where to open up shop, he discovered the Sunnyside neighborhood, as he wanted “to create an urban wine tasting experience.” He was later joined by Verso Cellars, Garfield Estates and Cottonwood Cellars, and together they market themselves as Colorado Winery Row. The four wineries’ tasting rooms are open afternoons Thursday through Saturday and conduct various events, especially during the summer months. In fact, I will be there this Friday, July 20 signing/selling my book – Exploring Colorado Wineries.
Bonacquisti’s has some of the most beautiful labels I have seen. They began as actual paintings by local artist, Daniel Luna. (see pictures below). When you stop at the tasting room, be sure to view this amazing art work while you are sampling some delicious wines. Paul, and Koda, a weimaraner / yellow lab mix will be there to greet you!
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