If you are like me, you have waited until the last minute to get most of your Christmas presents. And, if you are like me, you have friends and family members who enjoy wine. While wine will make the perfect gift, don’t just go to the liquor store and buy a bottle, stop by a local (in this case Denver) winery. There are many options in Denver but today I suggest you make your way to north Denver to Bonacquisti Winery.

Owner and winemaker Paul Bonacquisti has numerous gift ideas for you:

Getting Educated – Bonacquisti’s Wine 101 class offers a crash course on winemaking and wine tasting, nibbles, and the opportunity to bust some common wine myths. The first class of 2018 takes place at Bonacquisti January 20th from 1-3pm and is $49 per person. Each class is limited to no more than 8-10 people. Future dates to be announced at www.bonacquistiwine.com.

Wine On Tap – Refillable one liter “his and hers” wine growlers are a fun gift idea, and can be filled with the red and white Italian wines just-in at Bonacquisti. The white is a Piedmont blend of Chardonnay and Cortese. The red is a Barbera with soft earthy tannins and berry notes. The jug alone can be purchased for $21, a “Jug and Fill” option (one full jug and one card good for a refill) is available for $33, with additional refills at $15.99 and up. Many of the other wines on tap can be purchased as growlers too!

Keep it Going – Wine club memberships are the gift that keeps on giving. For $49 per quarter, each member receives three bottles of hand-selected wine every three months in March, June, September and December. Plus, members receive perks like 10% off all purchases, 15% off cases, premiere access to new releases and free wine tastings for members and their guests.

Also, in December, buy three bottles and get 10% off your order and complimentary gift-wrapping. Like the new fall releases:

But it is so cool that Paul’s winery offers visitors more than just wine. You also can view (and I recommend you buy) fantastic works of art from one of Colorado’s best artists: Daniel Luna. Check out more here: LUNA-CY. I own some of Mr. Luna’s paintings and I guarantee you will be fascinated with his work. Come to think of it, a Daniel Luna painting would make a special gift for the holidays or any time of the year.

And, finally, if you have family in town and are looking for a live music venue, consider this month’s “Fridays Uncorked” featuring Romero Unplugged, on December 22, (no cover with food and wine available for purchase). Happy Hour 4pm-6pm with $5 tap wine and $5 apps. The band performs from 6:30pm-9:30pm and you can enjoy offerings from the Food Truck: RenveD BBQ.


Winery & Tasting Room Hours

4640 Pecos St, Unit I, Denver 80211

Phone: 303-477-9463


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11am – 7pm

Friday 11am – 10pm (Live Music starts at 6:30p)

Saturday: 11am – 5pm

$10 tasting fee to taste all wines. Complimentary for Wine Club members. Tours are always free.


About Rich

I first became interested in wine while I worked in numerous liquor stores during college in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. In the years following college, I researched, tasted, traveled to vineyards in California and Europe, participated in countless tastings. I began writing about wine in 1995 with a column in Out Front Colorado. For me, wine is more than a drink. It is food. It is a connection to the earth. It is culture. There is just something amazing, even magical, about the transformation of grapes into wine. It is also remarkable how drinking wine with food enhances the taste and enjoyment of both. Appreciation of wine has become an integral part of my approach to life, which emphasizes balance, respect for nature, physical and emotional health, and an appreciation of our nature as social beings. In 2006, I was awarded a fellowship to the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers.