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3rd Annual Taste of Europe Sat Nov 17 for Sense of Security-WINES POSTED and 50% Off DIWF Tickets!

Denver, CO
Denver Happy Hour Meetup members:

We are please to announce our Primo event for 2013, Pre-Holiday Wine Party: Third Annual Tour of Europe Saturday Night November 17, 2012 and are proud to be raising money this year for Sense of Security, a 501c that raises money for ladies going through breast cancer treatment. THE WINE LIST IS POSTED! 40% of the tickets have already been purchased.

Also, a special deal: Please check out the Denver International Wine Festival Parisiene Chef's Pairing and Grand Tasting at the Denver International Wine Festival the 8th and 9th of November, details below. Special Deal below for our group almost 50% off at ticket to the Grand Tasting on Friday November 9, 2012

Our upcoming event is a fundraiser for Sense of Security!

All tickets are advance payment:­

It's our last event for 2013 and we have sold out the last two years in advance of the event so you want to get your tickets early.

  • This is our "Cocktail Dress/Semi Formal" party in Rialto's Gallery featuring local artists. We'll tour wines from several European countries paired with appetizers. We expect 120-150 attendees

Our ticket price is a few dollars more than last year due to:

  • Trade style setup with "country tables" and more wines: We will have 25-30 wines from some of the top European wineries with some of the importers in attendance.
  • Fabulous door prizes-Over 20 chances to win!
  • Fundraiser for Sense of Security (A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Sense of Security which helps Breast Cancer patients going through treatment pay their everyday bills while they can't work.
  • A great opportunity to shop for holiday party/hostess gifts and gifts for your clients and staff.




This is our primo event to end 2012!

What: Pre-Holiday Wine Party at Rialto Cafe Gallery-Third Annual Tour of Europe Featuring Wines From Europe and Fundraiser For Sense of Security

When: Saturday November 17, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm Wine Party We are extending the time frame of the event as we have a large number of wines to sample. Appetizers will be paired with a 5-6 of the wines.

Where: Rialto Cafe (in the Gallery) 934 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202 on the 16th Street Mall

Cost: $38.00 includes tax and tip (Wine Party Only)­ (the price is just a few dollars more than last year's pre-holiday party to raise money for Sense of Security-Please help us to provide funds to help ladies going through treatment pay their everyday bills while they can't work)

Crowd: Young/Mid Professionals (20's through 40's/early 50's)

Dress: Party Dress/Semi-Formal This is your chance to dress up in early holiday sparkle, satin, etc. the little black dress and guys in suit and tie or jacket.

Please Note: NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR/NO WALK UPS!....sorry but we will have to turn away anyone who doesn't have an advance ticket as wine and food has been allotted based on the ticketed attendees and we do not handle money at the door. We expect over 120 attendees (we had 130 at last year's event) and it's difficult to check folks in and handle money. Please see the Denver Wine Meetup for the refund policy.

Wines and Food Pairing: European wines paired with appetizers: France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal!

Wine List

France: Gerard Bertrand European Winery of the Year!

Gérard Bertrand Chateau Hospitalet Rouge-AOP Coteaux du Languedoc - La Clape

Gérard Bertrand Terroir Minervois AOP Minervois Red wine

Gerard Bertrand Saint Chinian 2009

Gérard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut AOP Limoux Sparkling-desert


France/Switzerland Dreyfus Ashby Importers

Dopff and Irion Riesling 2010 Alcase

Maison Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2011 Burgundy, France

Maison Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir 2009/2010 Beaune, France

Robert Gilliard S.A. Fendant Les Muretties 2010 Switzerland


Italy-Empson Importers
Canella Prosecco Brut DOC
Toscolo Chianti DCOG (Empson owned)
Monte Antico Toscana IGT (Empson owned)
Il Molino di Grace “Il Volano” Toscana IGT

Spain: Steve Miles Selections

Beso de Vino Seleccion 2010 (Syrah & Garnacha - from Carinena)

Gran Sarao Brut Cava (Penedes)

Matiz Tinto 2009 (Ribera del Duero)

Sicoris 2009 (red wine blend from Costers del Segre)

Pasion de Bobal 2009 (Utiel Requena)

El Hada 2010 (Rueda)


Germany: Rudi Wiest Selections

Becker Estate Pinot

Wirsching Silvaner

von Buhl JAZZ

Mönchhof Estate


Portugal-Premium Port Wines

Smith Woodhouse Lodge Reserve Port

Smith Woodhouse 10 YR Tawny Port

Food Pairing

Appetizers will be paired with 5-6 of the wines. We will be presenting over 20 wines at this event. Food pairing coming soon!

Dinner on the Mezzanine at Rialto (after the wine party On a Saturday night at 7:30pm, 50% of our group will stay for dinner. Take the conversation further and enjoy the special deal for our group. Special three course meal for $25.00! And you may also order off thier menu. This is not part of the wine tasting ticket. You will pay the restaurant directly.

Sample Dinner Menu for 3 Course Deal­

Door Prizes! To celebrate the upcoming holidays, we'll have a variety of cool door prizes and want to thank our door prize sponsors:

  • One certificate to Rialto Cafe http://www.rialtocafe...­
  • One bottle of 90+ rated wine from Buried Cane Chardonnay from Middleton Family Wineries
  • 2 sets of Food Network Wine Glasses (4 stems)
  • One set of Food Network Carafe and Wine Glass set (carafe and 2 stems)
  • 3 Food Network Wine Accessories sets
  • Wine bottle stoppers from Houdini
  • Other door prizes to come

Parking: Discounted parking with the parking garage directly across the street from Rialto Café. The entrance to the 16th Street Center Parking garage is located on Champa street between 16th and 17th on the right hand side. Members can purchase a parking pass from Rialto for $4. This is discounted from the normal price of $6.

Light Rail: to 16th and Stout

Hotel: If you are traveling into Denver or are concerned about drinking and driving, there is a special rate next door at the Courtyard Marriott. Please BOOK NOW at [masked] (you can cancel a few days prior) to guarantee the "Take the Elevator Home" Rate of $79.00 plus 14.85% hotel tax. Their parking garage is $26.00 for overnight parking (valet). The Residence Inn 17th and Champa [masked]­. is also part of this chain and offers the Take the Elevator Home" Rate at their property for $89.00 plus 14.85% hotel tax. This includes a hot buffet breakfast in the morning. Their overnight parking is $20.00 Most of the other locations nearby are $140-300 a night. Please note this is a Broncos weekend and a convention is in town. This will affect occupancy and these rates will go away once they reach a certain occupancy level.


We are partnering with a global organization called Sense of Security We are partnering so we can provide an opportunity for you to learn about the organization. Our charity for the pre-holiday event is Sense of Security which provides a sense of security from financial hardship and enhance the quality of life for Colorado breast cancer patients in treatment. Sense of Security has served more than 850 Colorado breast cancer patients while in treatment by providing over $1.4 million towards housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, COBRA or insurance premiums and other basic living expenses over the last 12 years. Sense of Security has served grantees from 48 Colorado counties statewide.

Please note that our group will not have another event until January 2013 as there are already too many holiday parties and folks skiing the first 2 weeks of December. We have a special event with an incredible dinner deal after the wine party so sign up now!


Upcoming/Mark Your Calendar:

Denver International Wine Festival is November 8 and 9th with the Chef's pairing on the 8th and the Grand Tasting on November 9, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt in Downtown Denver.

Grand Tasting General Admission Ticket on Friday November 9, 2012, 6-9pm. Regular Price: $95 Discounted to: $49 ORDER ONLINE:­ Savings of $46!!! Scroll down to the Grand Tasting Ticket ($95.00 and select the number of tickets), then click on the very bottom to use the promotional code Use code: uncork1 Hit apply to reduce ticket price. This is good on as many as 100 tickets. There is no better deal than this online through their promotional partners. We guarantee that this is the absolute lowest price. Grand Tasting of International Wines-General Admission Ticket: Friday Nov 9, 2012 (6-9pm) Our most popular ticket! Experience Denver's largest Grand Tasting of Wines, Beer & Spirits. Includes: 3 hours of tasting. Exclusive Spiegeleau collectible festival logo glass- ($10 value) One year subscription to Vino Tasting ($24 value) Location" Grand Hyatt Denver, CO. Parisian Wine and Food Pairing on Thursday November 8, 2012­ Order your tickets before October 20, 2012 and you can save 20%! Use code: winelove20

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