About Barbara Macfarlane

Barbara Macfarlane, owner of Marczyk Fine Foods, is always happy when she gets asked to talk about a favorite wine or spirit. "So many wines, so little time. So like our customers, I depend on the crew to tell me what's new, delicious, and noteworthy. It's true, I get stuck on faves, but the new wines coming in the door are so well chosen! So drink up Denver, we've been doing this for 20 years and we know what's cool!"

Wines so Good They’ll Make you Forget Winter was Ever a Thing

Spring is the time when every bottle of wine whispers, "I’m the reason you spring forward and not fall back." As the days get longer, so, most likely, does your wine list, because nothing says "spring cleaning" like making room in the fridge for more rosé. (Is spring cleaning still an actual thing?) And remember: We always maintain a glass-half-full attitude when it comes to drinking wine in spring, or as we like to call it, optimistically prepped for a top-off. Our Wines of the Month for May will have you embracing spring with all the ardor of a [...]

By | 2024-05-08T22:23:35+00:00 May 4th, 2024|

Two kosher wines from Israel – perfect for many occasions

Did you know we carry kosher wines? New to the shop, we have the Hermon Cab/Merlot blend and the Gilgal Chardonnay. We love them because they check all the boxes: 1) kosher; 2) great for pairing with some matzo ball soup from Marczyk Fine Foods, or any braised brisket dishes; 3) delicious! These wines are great whether you need specifically kosher wines or not. The Hermon Cab/Merlot blend, from Galilee, Israel, is a medium-to-full red blend for everyone. It has notes of dark and red fruits, earth, fresh herbs, and cocoa. $23.99/bottle The Gilgal Chardonnay, from the Golan Heights [...]

By | 2024-04-24T23:13:40+00:00 April 14th, 2024|

Raina is drinking this crisp, dry German Müller-Thurgau

Borell DiehlMüller-ThurgauGermany$18.99/bottleStep into spring with this German liter of Borell Diehl Müller-Thurgau. It is not sweet, I promise. It is crisp, dry and refreshing with notes of green apple, pear, lime, and minerals. This will make a perfect picnic wine, or a perfect wine for any gathering with family/friends.I paired this light organic wine with a smoked kielbasa from Marczyk Fine Foods on a brioche bun topped with Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese, spicy mustard, and a side of salty potato chips. This would also be fantastic with your favorite charcuterie board. Did I mention it was a liter???Friends & Family [...]

By | 2024-04-02T00:10:34+00:00 March 28th, 2024|

Wine – because no great story ever started with a salad

March Wines of the Month Our Wines of the Month for March will cover you for the transition into spring — hearty reds for cooler days, chuggable whites and rosés for warmer days. Or vice versa — you call the shots with your wine. (And look at our multi-bottle discounts at the bottom of the page.) Altos las Hormigas Tinto Red Blend Mendoza, Argentina We've all had Argentinian Malbec before, but what about a blend including Bonarda (Barbera) and Semillon??! The wine is juicy but still structured with loads of red fruit, a touch of spice and herbs, and [...]

By | 2024-03-13T22:12:01+00:00 March 7th, 2024|

Need Wine for a Very Important Football Game (TM)?

"A thousand cups of wine do not suffice when true friends meet, but half a sentence is too much when there is no meeting of minds." —Chinese Proverb We know that four or five of you — possibly up to seven — will be watching the Very Important Football Game™ on Sunday. Don't let anyone tell you that the VIFG™ is a beer-only event. People have been watching the VIFG™ while drinking wine for well over 600 years, and of course we didn't fact-check that claim so be sure to grab some of these very chuggable wines for the [...]

By | 2024-02-15T00:21:29+00:00 February 6th, 2024|

Raina has a French Sauv Blanc for your Spicy Dishes

Domaine Cedrick Bardin Pouilly Fumé Pouilly-sur-Loire, France $26.99/bottle Calling all Loire Valley lovers! This 100% organic Sauvignon Blanc, with its aromas of citrus, mandarin and peach, will have you dreaming of a warm summer day. It hits your palate with a crisp and clean dry finish, dominated by a pleasing minerality. This Pouilly Fumé is fantastic with goat cheese or shell fish, but I highly recommend pairing this beauty with your favorite spicy dish: Try this Sauv Blanc with chicken tikka masala on a cold winter night, and say "welcome" to your new favorite dynamic duo. Friends & Family [...]

By | 2024-02-02T20:08:28+00:00 January 25th, 2024|

Thank you… and a special case deal.

Dear loyal (wine shop) customers, As 2023 draws to a close, we want to thank each and every one of you for your business. In March, you were offered a lot more choices for wine purchases — as in...1400 more choices. So each time you come through our doors, you are keeping an independent wine shop in business. Thank you! We wanted to share with you this wonderful email (see below) that we received from one of our best and favorite wine purveyors, Château Carbonneau, in Pessac-sur-Dordogne, France. If you ever want to visit a winery, pick this one! [...]

By | 2023-12-20T22:25:21+00:00 December 20th, 2023|

December Wines Of the Month

You can relax now. We have your holiday wines all figured out. "Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life's most civilized pleasures." —Michael Broadbent Cedric Bardin Coteaux Du Giennois Rouge Loire Valley, France Château Saint Sernin Malbec De Calcaire Cahors, France CEDRIC BARDIN This Wine Is Incredible! A superb blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay. Notes of cherry, pipe tobacco, cassis, and a hint of evergreen to finish. This wine really delivers. It's medium-bodied, complex, and great with so many different dishes! Pairings: grilled red meats, nutty cheeses with a fresh baguette and [...]

By | 2023-12-06T22:45:11+00:00 December 6th, 2023|

November Wine of the Month

Wines that are Curated to Compliment Thanksgiving Atlantique Sauvignon Blanc Loire Valley, France Baronnie de Montgaillard Syrah Pays D'OC, France ATLANTIQUE All hands on deck! A truly stunning Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc. It's vibrant and dry, with mouth-watering notes of citrus, tropical fruits, pear, gooseberry, hay, and minerals. PAIRINGS: antipasto platters; grilled shrimp; sushi; fish and chips; simple and fresh pasta dishes with olive oil, lemon, and basil pesto. Friends & Family: $15.99/btl (reg $19.99/btl) • 3 bottles: $15.19/btl • 6 bottles: $14.39/btl • 12 bottles: $13.59/btl BARONNIE DE MONTGAILLARD Go ahead and grab an extra bottle or two — [...]

By | 2023-11-09T22:20:57+00:00 November 9th, 2023|

The Holiday Red That Goes With Everything

Sottimano Dolcetto d'Alba $19.99/bottle Andrea Sottimano is one of the finest winemakers in Italy, and by extension, the world. However, his Dolcetto is admittedly not for everyone — your Chardonnay-only drinkers will not love it, nor will your big fat juicy red-wine-only drinkers. Dolcetto is aptly named (from the Italian, dolce, for "soft" or "sweet," not sugary, but as in the English "dulcet"). It is Piemonte's gulpable wine — spicy, grapey, dark chocolate-y, and low in tannin. For all its juicy, plush softness, Dolcetto can be lively, spry even, especially if it retains some of the grape's native acidity. [...]

By | 2023-10-24T22:31:59+00:00 October 24th, 2023|

Barbara has a change-of-season sparkler for you.

Fleuraison Blanc de Blancs Languedoc-Roussillon, France $15.99/bottle I love this time of year when the garden is strutting its end-of-season stuff! Sunny days, cool nights — let's celebrate with this wonderful sparkler. Fleuraison Blanc de Blancs: Spanish grapes but made in France. HELLO, what's not to love!? Delicious, rich and dry, and at this price — just buy a case so when the winter winds blow, you can remember this perfect time of year. Friends & Family Deals Bottle Discounts: 3 bottles: 5% off 6 bottles: 10% off 12 bottles: 15% off Happy Hour Enjoy an extra 5% volume [...]

By | 2023-10-15T03:35:35+00:00 October 15th, 2023|

Barbara prescribes Chardonnay forthwith for back-to-school time.

Land of Saints | Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley, CA Friends & Family: $19.99/bottle (reg. $23.99/btl) Jeannot | Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay France Friends & Family: $26.99/bottle (reg. $29.99/btl) As I was standing at the bar at a recent family reunion, a mother, standing next to me, kid clinging to her leg, ordered "an apple juice, and a double Chardonnay, please." Now, of course, that's not how we order wine. But in honor of back-to-school week, whether you're sending the little ones off to first grade, the big ones off to college, or are a teacher yourself, here are two Chardonnays [...]

By | 2023-08-28T19:02:46+00:00 August 28th, 2023|