Denver’s year-old The Source is a little food and wine wonderland in the city’s up-and-coming River North Art District. And tucked in the back corner is The Proper Pour, an outstanding wine and small-batch liquor shop from McLain Hedges and Mary Wright.
A couple months ago, the pair also opened the RiNo Yacht Club, a cocktail and wine bar in the center of Source, where they serve 70 or 80 wine selections from the shop and drinks created by Hedges himself. Food at the bar comes from Source restaurant Acorn and is served from a little dim sum cart, with snacks like housemade pâtés, fried brussels sprouts with compressed apple and kimchi and a hen-of-the-woods-mushroom-stuffed chicken roulade.
Obviously, Hedges and Wright are the sort of people who know the right bottle to take to a party. So we asked them for their picks for three different party scenarios: a dinner party, a cocktail party and bottle swap. Here’s what Hedges had to say about their selections: