The very best eating places in Colorado for wine drinkers, in accordance with Wine Spectator – The Denver Put up

Colorado may be known as a state focused on craft beer, but according to Wine Spectator, the options for wine drinkers aren’t too shabby either.

This week the publication released its 40th annual Restaurant Awards, which highlight the best wine lists you can find to eat. In 2021, 68 Colorado operations made the cut. In total, more than 2,900 restaurants worldwide received awards.

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Wine Spectator honors restaurants in three categories, with the top being the Grand Award, which, according to evaluation criteria, presents locations with more than 1,000 different options and an “immense depth and breadth of regions, producers, vintages and bottle formats”.

Three Colorado restaurants – Barolo Grill in Denver, Element 47 in Aspen, and Flagstaff House in Boulder – received the Grand Award this year. (The full list of award winners can be found here.)

Here’s what to expect from the best Colorado wine lists:

Barolo Grill “lives up to its name with a menu of Piedmontese specialties and a wine program with the best labels in the region,” write Julie Harans and Taylor McBride from Wine Spectator. “One page of the wine list is dedicated to the team’s favorite finds on their annual trip to Italy.”

“Fine French wines dominate the list in this family-run restaurant, whose highlights include over 100 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti labels and 25 vintages of Château Lafite Rothschild,” say the authors from Flagstaff House. “At 6,000 feet, the dining room has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of the Colorado mountains.”

Element 47 is a target in Aspen’s The Little Nell. “Numerous top sommeliers have refined their craft here and given each of the extensive bottle collections a personal touch,” say the authors.

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