Winemaker Paul Bonacquisti Hosts Denver Wine Radio

When Paul Bonacquisti missing his work in radio soon after currently being an on-air temperament likely by the identify Paul Vincent at Denver radio station KDJM (92.5 FM), he made a decision to change a further one particular of his imaginative passions into a profession in winemaking. He’d grown up building wine with his spouse and children as a interest, and in 2006, he released Bonacquisti Wine Organization at 4640 Pecos Street in the Sunnyside community.

Ahead of he took that leap, Bonacquisti’s wife encouraged him to go after wine education and learning, major him to become accredited as a Amount II Sommelier by the International Wine Guild. Due to the fact then, his all set-to-drink, meals-welcoming wines have gained double gold at the Colorado Governor’s Cup wine competition and received 90-point ratings from Wine Enthusiast magazine. A handful of decades back, he made the decision to revisit his adore of radio, and released Denver Wine Radio, which is broadcast from the winery.

“Once it gets in your system, it’s tricky to get rid of,” Bonacquisti suggests of on-air internet hosting. The exhibit, which airs new episodes at the time or twice for each thirty day period, attributes local winemakers and wine industry experts, as effectively as community musicians and artists, all with a aim on wine from the point out. “It’s about discovering Colorado wine,” notes Bonacquisti, who is joined on the show by his co-host, longtime Denver radio legend ChaCha Chavez. Guests share their own journey in the industry and talk about what can make Colorado wine exclusive, normally even though sipping vino through the clearly show.

Paul Bonacquisti (correct) with his Denver Wine Radio co-host, ChaCha Chavez.

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Former visitor wine gurus consist of Jenne Baldwin-Eaton, wine educator at the viticulture and enology plan at Western Colorado College Jeffrey and Ana Maltzman from Continental Divide Vineyard Brad Website page from the Colorado Cider Company John Garlich from Bookcliff Vineyards Jayme Henderson and Steve Steese from the Storm Cellar Vineyard Mark and James Blanchard from Blanchard Loved ones Wines Michelle Cleveland from Creekside Cellars Kyle Schlachter from the Colorado Wine Board and Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology government director Cassidee Shull. Bonacquisti has also completed a Riesling tasting with sax participant Jason Justice from Gumbo le Funque and welcomed blues guitarist Jack Hadley to the show, amongst other nearby musicians and artists.

He’s devoted displays to exploring and sampling boxed wine, canned wine and distinct styles, these types of as Cabernet Sauvignon. A major portion of the inspiration for performing this radio demonstrate is just having the term out about wines from our condition — “One much more voice to bang the drum,” as Bonacquisti places it.

He strives to breaks down any boundaries or any cause that people today wouldn’t be opting for Colorado wine. There is also a display with a Colorado-as opposed to-the-world concept, where he and attendees review the same style of wine from locations all in excess of the globe with the exact same varietal from Colorado. “We can contend with the rest of the environment,” Bonacquisti declares.

Bonacquisti Wine Company often hosts live music. - BONACQUISTI WINE/INSTAGRAM

Bonacquisti Wine Organization frequently hosts stay new music.

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Earlier episodes are obtainable on denverwineradio.com as well as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and far more.

The radio present is not the only way that Bonacquisti ties his appreciate of songs into the winery. Vinny & Vinyl is his regular monthly wine and history club, which options his picks for a bottle of wine and a new funk, soul or R&B vinyl LP. With each and every launch, there is a regular monthly listening pickup bash at the Sunnyside area. The vineyard also hosts are living songs frequently.

Paul’s wife, Dr. Judi Diaz Bonacquisti, is also passionate about driving the winery’s involvement with neighborhood art and education and learning development. Wine labels are created by community artist Daniel Luna, and the winery has had partnerships with the Latin American Instruction Basis, the Denver Scholarship Foundation and the Colorado Instructional Products and services and Progress Association.

For far more information on Denver Wine Radio or to hear, visit denverwineradio.com. To discover far more about Bonacquisti Wine, visit bonacquistiwine.com.