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Business Travelers: Don't Miss These City Wineries

Forget about bellying up to the hotel bar. Wine country may be just outside your door. Cheers!

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This story appears in the December 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Rocky Mountain high: Ben Parsons and his Infinite Monkey Theorem winery in Denver.
Rocky Mountain high: Ben Parsons and his Infinite Monkey Theorem winery in Denver.
Photography by John Johnston


The main entrance of The Infinite Monkey Theorem winery overlooks a rutted alley in a semi-industrial area of downtown Denver. A maid service's fleet cars are parked next door. Don't strain too hard to see the vineyards; they're more than 200 miles away.

What's nearby instead is an entire metropolitan area, which means that if you're on a working layover in Denver and have a free afternoon, you can visit a winery almost as easily as you'd stop into a Starbucks. Step into the Quonset hut that Australian-trained enologist Ben Parsons has filled with fermentation tanks and oak barrels and, instantly, you're in country. He'll take you through the vinification process, offer samples and sell you bottles (ranging from $15.98 to $49.98) if you're inclined to buy. All that's missing are the vines.

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