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Lambrusco: The Sparkling Red Wine You’ve Never Heard Of

For more than two decades we’ve shared our passion for Italian wine with our family, friends and anyone who joins us for dinner at Carmine’s on Penn. A love of vino (wine) has been a part of Italian culture for centuries, and the Italian Peninsula is known for housing some of the finest vineyards and wineries in the world.

Some of our favorite moments are when we have the opportunity to introduce a restaurant guest to a new Italian wine. We love sharing our extensive knowledge of Italian wine with you – our friends, family and restaurant patrons.

Over the years we’ve noticed the rise in popularity of Chardonnay, Merlot and even Moscato. While these are all wonderful varieties, we’d like to spotlight a less popular but equally delicious Italian wine variety:

Lambrusco

Known to some as ‘purple wine soda’ and others as the cheap, poorly made wine from the 1970s, Lambrusco is shaking off previous conceptions and inviting wine drinkers to give it a second sip.

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Lambrusco is a well-made sparkling red wine, boasting a perfect balance of sweetness and crisp acidity. We have found that a glass of Lambrusco provides a blissful escape from workday stress — particularly when enjoyed on the Carmine’s patio.

Currently, we are offering Cleto Chiarli Amabile Lambrusco by the glass. We invite restaurant patrons to savor the flavor of this Lambrusco at Carmine’s. Whether you prefer to unwind inside or enjoy a relaxing evening on our patio, we’d love to introduce to one of our favorite Italian wines this weekend.

 

 

 

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Sip Away the Sunset with New Cocktails at Carmine’s

The long months of winter are finally coming to an end. Today is a day to celebrate — with a cocktail in hand on the Carmine’s on Penn patio! While our custom Italian wine selection is expansive, we challenge you to tantalize your taste buds by exploring the newly introduced cocktails of Carmine’s Sunset Collection.

Spring 2016 Drinks

Inspired by flowers blooming, warmer days and most importantly, the beautiful Colorado sunsets, the Sunset Collection combines fresh ingredients and our bartenders’ passion to create unique, handcrafted flavors.

Enjoy the early evening with the Pink Lemonade, intermingling hints of nostalgia with a refreshing blend of Denver Gin, Rosato Wine and fresh squeezed lemons. Complete your dining experience by indulging in the Stallion, a blend of E&J Brandy, Frangelico and White Chocolate Godiva.

Prepared in generous sizes and delivered in high quality glassware, all nine beverages from the Sunset Collection reflect our commitment to providing you with an unforgettable dining experience from beginning to end, first sip to last bite.

Throw superstition aside this Friday the 13th and help us start a new tradition of celebrating World Cocktail Day at Carmine’s on Penn. Your seat at the table is waiting!

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Take your tastebuds to Tuscany

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It’s a place where the views are breathtakingly beautiful. Food is crafted with love. A wine connoisseur’s paradise. No, we aren’t describing Carmines on Penn, but rather Tuscany. We’ve fallen in love with Tuscany, and we hope that after an evening learning about the region, you will too!

Located in the central region of Italy, just north of Rome and south of Genoa lie the rolling hills and rich culture of Tuscany. Unlike its metropolitan neighbors, Tuscany holds on to a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation.

Meal preparation in Tuscany begins early in the day. Sauces simmer and meats marinate until they reach perfection; each dish handcrafted and assembled with love.

With so much love put into each dish, there is special attention placed into the quality of ingredients. Ingredients are fresh, preservatives non-existent and the wines originate from local vineyards.

Meals are savored and shared with friends and family. Ranging from one to three hours per meal, the people of Tuscany enjoy each other’s company while delighting in the delectable dishes.

We love the values of the Tuscan culture because they align so closely with those of Carmine’s. Not only do our chefs arrive at the kitchen early in the morning to start cooking, but we also focus on creating an atmosphere that allows families and friends to share a part of their day together.

We want to share our favorite memories of Tuscany and invite everyone to join us for a Tour of Tuscany dinner and wine pairing event on Wednesday, March 16. Owner Brad Ritter will host an evening walking guests through food and wine inspired by his most recent travels throughout the vineyards and wineries of Tuscany. Join us for a meal that will delight your taste buds and feed your mind. Space is limited! $75/person. Call us at 303-777-6443 to reserve your spot at the table.

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How Italian Culture Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Before cutting out carbs – or even your beloved Italian food – for those New Year’s resolutions revolving around losing weight and eating healthy, we wanted to share how certain elements of the Italian culture can actually help make some of the most common resolutions of 2016 a reality.

At Carmine’s on Penn, we believe in knowing where our ingredients come from – and it’s not from a can. We stay away from processed food and prepare our meals fresh every day. When available, we do our best to source local and regional ingredients based on the season.

“First and foremost, we cook! We bake bread, we start with whole vegetables, we roast our own turkey for sandwiches. We discuss what we are looking for with our vendors and ask them to search out what we desire,” explains owner, Brad Ritter.

In addition to cooking with the freshest ingredients and avoiding processed food, Carmine’s on Penn offers a variety of substitutions for those with dietary restrictions. With over half of our menu ‘gluten-intolerant friendly’, our knowledgeable wait staff is trained to help guide restaurant patrons through the menu to find the perfect meal that fits with their dietary restrictions.

And it’s not just the type of food, but also how we encourage you to eat it, that can help you keep up with your New Year’s resolutions.

Our chefs spend all day cooking and preparing your dinner, so it would be a shame if you only spent 12 minutes eating it! To dine at Carmine’s means you must first take the time to talk with your dining companions and your service staff to decide your meal. Because our food is served ‘family style’ with portions made to share, the dining experience is more communal and intentional than at other restaurants. We encourage you to sit back, chat and share your time, food and wine together.

Whatever you’ve determined to be your New Year’s resolution, we hope to see you and your family at Carmine’s on Penn in 2016.