The Inside Story from Italian Wine Merchants

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Posted on | July 22, 2015 | Written by Emery Long | No Comments

photo (2) Aspen, Colorado has a reputation for its skiing but it’s most well known as a destination for high-powered professionals, actors, celebrity chefs, directors, hikers, bikers, rafters, and cowboys, who visit in the summer months to escape the heat of the summer. I have found Aspen’s mild weather, breathtaking scenery, and endless outdoor activities make this town special. Moreover, the incredible weather, scenery, local food scene, and remote location set the stage for enjoying the perfect glass of wine.

Italian Wine Merchant Aspen’s high-altitude location in Colorado is a wine aficionado’s dream. The store opened in 2010, and since then, it has been stunning residents and guests alike. The store is located at the base of Aspen Mountain Resort in the famed Little Nell Hotel, next to the main entrance right behind the concierge’s desk. There is an endless number of Ferarris, Maserattis, Rolls Royces, and Bentlys waiting alongside various futuristic electric cars for valet service, making the store impossible to miss.

photo 1Our location is a small but mighty store that offers an experience similar to the New York City location, yet IWM Aspen focuses on offering rare vintages and exclusively high-end labels. As in NYC, our showroom has wine professionals to help you make your selection or assist with any wine need here in Aspen or abroad. We feature a public tasting series that’s like New York’s, but instead of Saturday at 1:00, ours takes place every Friday at 5pm. It has been quickly building a devout following of wine enthusiasts. We also offer private off-site tastings for wine-lovers who would like to have a tailored Italian wine experience in their own homes. As a personal chef who is fanatical about flavor, I am always looking forward to meeting new clients and sharing my passion for food and wine.

photo 2We carry the same iconic and legendary Italian wine labels as our New York Cellar in addition to displaying French, Spanish, and new world wines. IWM Aspen holds its the wines behind a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door, which keeps the wines in a controlled setting and ideal cellar temperature. The high-powered inventory here is almost hedonistic; we carry a potent yet refined selection of wines like Antinori’s Tignanello, Ornellaia, Bruno Giacosa, Giacomo Conterno, Tenuta San Guido’s Sassicaia, Angelo Gaja, Giuseppe Rinaldi, and Aldo Conterno. We also display a selection of French wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and most notably a Domaine de la Romanée Conti 1978 Richebourg. All the wines on our shelves are for sale and, should you desire more than our inventory holds, we can always order more to be picked up in our Aspen store or delivered to wherever you might be.

Here at our high alpine location we run into a number of Italian Wine Merchants members from all over the world! When you find yourself in Aspen or are longing for another vacation don’t hesitate to stop in. We’ll open something nice, and you can toast to our Aspen home.


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