About Kerry Callender

Kerry’s passion for wine was ignited when she went back to school to pursue a culinary degree and studied abroad in Florence Italy. Armed with scholarships from the James Beard Foundation, Kerry went on to earn a master’s degree in Wine Management from the Culinary Institute of America’s Napa Valley campus. A year later in 2019, she was hired as a Food and Beverage Manager-in-Training at The Little Nell in Aspen, CO. Kerry has since switched her focus to wine retail with the goal of completing the rigorous certification for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Diploma program on her way to becoming a certified wine educator.

What Are We Drinking Now? Villa Sparina

Kerry has two Italian gems from Villa Sparina. Villa Sparina Gavi & Villa Sparina Barbera Long before Wine Enthusiast crowned Villa Sparina the 2021 European Winery of the Year, we at Marczyk Fine Wines were already enamored of their charms. The unique bottle shape was inspired by an old bottle discovered in the villa's historic cellar. While you may be drawn to the bottle's captivating silhouette, you will no doubt keep coming back to the alluring wines within. The municipality is Gavi but the grape comprising this dry white wine is Cortese. The nose opens with intense ripe fruit aromas [...]

By | 2021-12-08T00:09:51+00:00 December 3rd, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Sineann 2019 Pinot Noir & Deutschherren-Hof Pinot Noir

Kerry has two Pinot Noirs with very different personalities. Embracing Noir-vember, I tested pairing ideas with two gorgeous Pinot Noirs for an upcoming Friendsgiving dinner. Spanning both old and new worlds, I tried our Oregon Pinot from Sineann and the German Pinot from Deutschherren-Hof. I loved them both, for different reasons, realizing we have a Pinot for every palate! Wines often create an impression of "personality" in my mind, sometimes becoming a recognizable character. Meet The Debutante and The Silver Fox! The Debutante: Sineann 2019 Pinot Noir Tart and bright, this wine boasts aromas and flavors of vibrant red [...]

By | 2021-11-15T20:29:46+00:00 November 11th, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Land of Saints Chardonnay

Kerry found a California Chardonnay that pairs wonderfully with butternut squash soup. Land of Saints Chardonnay - Santa Maria Valley, CA As days turn cooler, the time seems right to cozy up with a delicious soup that makes the most of what's in season. A recent dinner of "soup and sammies" featured a fall classic: butternut squash soup. I paired this rich silky soup with our Land of Saints Chardonnay. The mouthfeel of this wine is bold enough to stand up to the decadence of the butternut squash, along with a delightful acidity that cuts through the soup's creaminess. Aged [...]

By | 2021-10-20T18:45:20+00:00 October 18th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Biecher & Fils Pinot Gris

Kerry is finding a sense of place with this classic Alsace Pinot Gris. Biecher & Fils Pinot Gris - Alsace, France Moving to Denver this summer has been exciting, but also somewhat daunting. To cultivate that "feels like home" bond with my new city, I turn to the flavors I grew up with on the Caribbean island of Trinidad ("Trini!"). Cue spicy Indian pav bhaji (mashed vegetable dish) and curry chickpea with a Caribbean flair. Sunny yellow in the glass, our Jean Biecher & Fils Pinot Gris offers the right touch of sweetness and acidity to soothe and revive the [...]

By | 2021-09-20T19:30:43+00:00 September 16th, 2021|