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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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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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Behind the Bar: Q&A with Brandi the Bartender

Let’s go behind the bar with Brandi for the inside scoop on her favorite Carmine’s dish, favorite adult beverage, and her go-to wine recommendation…

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Q: Carmine’s employees are known for their longevity at the restaurant. How many years have you worked at Carmine’s?

A: Compared to everyone else, I’m a newbie! I started here June 2014, so I’m coming up on one year next month.

Q: There are so many menu options at Carmine’s. If you had to pick a favorite, what would it be?

A: Honestly, I think we make the most amazing cheesecake on the planet. But aside from dessert, I’m a big fan of the Chicken Montana, Pasta alla Carmine’s, and Chicken or Veal alla Carmine’s. If you want veal, Carmine’s is the place to get it.

Q: As a bartender, you can probably mix up a drink with your eyes closed. What is your favorite drink to make behind the bar?

A: I pour an awesome glass of wine! Other than that, I really enjoy making an Old Fashioned. It’s such a classic drink and for some reason, it seems to taste better here at Carmine’s.

Q: And what about your favorite drink to enjoy after hours?

A: I’m all about the bourbon. 

Q: Carmine’s has a pretty extensive wine list. If it were in stock, which wine would you recommend to a customer?

A: Try the Sor Ugo Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend from the Aia Vecchio Winery in Tuscany. If you’re looking for a smooth red wine, this is the one.

Q: Last question and probably the most important! Why do you love Carmine’s?

A: First of all, I knew about Carmine’s before I even moved to Denver! I had heard wonderful things about their management, and it all turned out to be true. They take good care of us, don’t micromanage our work, and encourage us to be ourselves and let our personalities shine. Plus, it’s always nice to enjoy a free family-style meal with your coworkers after a long night.