Posted on June 11, 2018
As a foodie, I love food events that showcase not only food but the history behind it. In this case, you get a chance to learn not only about the history but the future of the food you eat every day. On July 13-15, Slow Food USA will be holding their annual Slow Food Nations Festival in downtown Denver. This event will include free and paid events so there is really something for everyone, even kids.
For families, there is the free Taste Marketplace and Eat street and the Zero Waste Family Meal which features chefs collaborating on a delicious family meal created from the festival’s food scraps. This is likely going to be a meal to remember!
For those interested in workshops, there are some great ones like Slow Wine 101 and The Magical Mix of Cheese, Beer and Charcuterie for around $50 a workshop. Who doesn’t love a little bit of alcohol while learning something incredible about the food and drink they consume every day? Not every workshop showcases alcohol, there are a number of other workshops focusing on honey, grain, and olive oil as well.
For the foodie/wine lover in me, Raj Patel is coming and I am super excited to hear this free talk with Gail Myers and Tom Philpott during “The Impact of Capitalism on Food.”
The best part of this is that is all located in downtown Denver at Larimer Square. Make sure to pick up some tickets soon as they will most likely sell out. I better go get my Colorado Fare dinner tickets now!
About Slow Food Nations:
Slow Food Nations is a festival of flavor, culture and exploration. From the Taste Marketplace and Eat Street, to workshops and family fun, we’re taking over Larimer Square in downtown Denver. Kick it off with an opening party featuring the best of Colorado, and connect with farmers and artisans, chefs and food lovers over the weekend.
The festival is free and open to the public, with select ticketed workshops, talks and tastings. July 13-15, 2018.
Click here for more information on their schedule.
You may be intrigued by the name—I was. Black Magnolia wine, as the winemaker and owner, Anthony Van Nice states, describes what is in the bottle. “Magnolias are beautiful and fragrant, and they have a velvety texture. There really is no such thing as a Black Magnolia, so this is something new and perhaps intriguing and unexpected.”
This isn’t the only reason I was interested in trying this wine. It also had to do with the person behind the wine. Anthony Van Nice collaborated with well-known and respected Laurent Montalieu of Soléna Estate to create this wine, along with another soon-to-be-released wine, a rosé, called Shallow Seas. These wines will be housed under Van Nice’s winery Real Nice Winemakers. Nice play on names, Anthony!
Anthony has been in the wine industry for over 20 years and got his start as a cellar rat working at Archery Summit under another famous winemaker, Gary Andrus. After this, he went on to work in Burgundy, France; Australia,: and New Zealand, and he eventually made it back to Oregon. He was the first employee of a start-up winery called The Four Graces and quickly became their GM and later President until it was sold to the Foley Wine Group.
After having spent the last few years helping others build their own wineries, he thought it was finally time that he started his own. And so Real Nice Winemakers, along with his Black Magnolia wine, was born.
Black Magnolia Pinot Noir is sourced from three well-known and respected vineyards, Hyland Vineyard (Hyland Estates), Olsen Vineyard, and Domaine Loubejac Vineyard. This blend of vineyards creates a uniquely balanced wine with the right amount of acid and fruit that will delight you from the first course to the last course of dinner.
Interestingly enough this wine is not your traditional $40-$50-dollar bottle of Pinot Noir . Rather, at a very reasonable $22, it’s a wine that can still be representative of the famous Willamette Valley and delivers on quality over price. Do try it!
To learn more about Black Magnolia, visit blackmagnoliawine.com. Cheers!
Posted on April 28, 2017
Life continues to evolve and with it, the creation of Winey Toddler. As many of you now know, I have a little toddler who keeps me on my feet and busy…all the time. I’ve been wanting to create a place where I can write about how my life has changed since having a kid and honestly, Sacred Drop is more about wine, beer, and spirits, not about kids.
Winey Toddler was created with the premise that life with a toddler demands a good dose of humor and an incredible bottle…I mean, a glass of wine. It will be a place where I will talk about life as a mother, all things baby and toddler, life as the wife of a surgical resident, being a SAHM who consults, and of course, food, wine, and travel. Please join me on this adventure!
Please check out Winey Toddler in the upcoming months as I begin to write more and more about life as I now know it.