Bigsby’s Folly Wants to Make Drinking Wine More Fun With Canned Bottles and a Relaxed Attitude

It may not take a rocket scientist to conceptualize an urban oasis for curating and producing craft wine — however, it probably didn’t hurt that owner, Chad Yetka, boasts a background in ventures ranging from rocket science to business. Prior to creating RiNo’s wino haven, Chad and his wife — co-owner, Marla Yetka — possessed a simple dream of sharing their passion for wine with the people. From this, Bigsby’s Folly was born — lovingly named after the Yetkas’ first golden retriever, Bigsby. With an impressive lineup of craft wine and award-winning winemaker, Brian Graham, on the team —  it makes sense why a land so distant from wine country has embraced a boutique winery with such open arms. The stunning, roaring ’20s-inspired taproom reflects some of RiNo’s industrial charm with glimmering light fixtures, exposed brick walls, high ceilings, chic furniture and contrasting rustic elements. Additionally, the open, inviting atmosphere gives Bigsby’s a special sense of versatility.

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Since opening its doors in 2015 — Bigsby’s Folly has managed to stay ahead of the game with a playful approach to wine consumption. Over the summer, Bigsby’s introduced a fresh new menu thanks to chef Sarah Machado-Seltvedt — complete with a wine-forward, dog-friendly, “boozy brunch.”  Prior to taking the reigns in Bigsby’s kitchen, Machado-Seltvedt, a graduate of the esteemed Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, had temporarily hung up her chef coat in favor of a front-of-house position with Bigsby’s. In an interesting twist of fate, Machado-Seltvedt found herself back in the kitchen, delighting diners with beautifully assembled meat and cheese boards ($27), New England style lobster rolls (market price), and surprising bites such as chakalaka flatbread ($14) with South African spiced flank steak, charmoula, cotija, serrano and cilantro — among other notable dishes. Brunch items range from a loaded breakfast sammie ($13) to an elevated version of chicken ‘n waffles ($16) featuring buttermilk bacon waffles, crispy chicken tenders, bourdon-butter pecan syrup and peach. For dessert, Machado-Seltvedt has introduced the satisfying combination of a warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie ($3) with 64% dark chocolate and sea salt to be dunked in a tasting glass of Bigsby’s merlot ($3.50).

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Recently, Bigsby’s has given portable wine a time to shine with innovative new “cottles” — can/bottle hybrids that allow consumers to conveniently carry the equivalent of three glasses of wine on-the-go. While canned wine has been appearing on shelves more commonly these days — Marla took it upon herself to come up with a stylish, resealable solution that could contain a higher volume of Bigsby’s wine. The 500 milliliters Bigsby’s Folly cottles are currently available with Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and the award-winning Rosé of Grenache — which took home the Double Gold at The Rosé Experience in Healdsburg, California, out of over 800 rosé selections.

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Active wine enthusiasts may seek these cottles at Argonaut, Hazel’s Beverage World, Bonnie Brae Wine & Liquor and RiNo Liquor along with various sports and entertainment venues throughout the Mile High City.  Of course — the cottles, along with the rest of Bigsby’s wine is available on their website.

Bigsby’s Folly is located at 3563 Wazee St., Denver and is open Monday-Thursday – 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday – 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.;  Saturday noon -11 p.m.; Sunday – 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; bigsbysfolly.com