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LATEST ACQUISITION: 24-oz. Carbone Wine Riesling wine bottle, dated 1934

Greg and Krissy found this 24-oz. Carbone Wine Riesling wine bottle, dated 1934, online. It’s our first 24-oz. bottle shape. I also think it’s the first Riesling bottle.

Carbone Wine 24-Oz. Riesling Bottle

Carbone Wine 24-Oz. Riesling Bottle, Dated 1934

Here’s a closer view of the Riesling label

Carbone Wine 24-Oz. Riesling Label, close up

Carbone Wine 24-Oz. Riesling Label, close up

And here are pics of the Tax Stamp and Top Label of the Riesling Bottle:

Carbone Wine 24-Oz. Riesling Bottle's tax stamp

Carbone Wine 24-Oz. Riesling Bottle’s tax stamp

Carbone Wine 24-Oz. Riesling Bottle's Top Label

Carbone Wine 24-Oz. Riesling Bottle’s Top Label

Carbone Wine Muscatel Bottle – Pre-Prohibition

Previous Acquisitions (Also click on the Collections Pages:)

Carbone Wine Muscatel Bottle – Pre-Prohibition
THIS POST WAS REVISED 4/22/2017 – We’re researching some information.

Carbone Wine Muscatel Bottle – Pre-Prohibition

Krissy’s husband, Greg Nauretz, bought this bottle online several months ago. He got the bottle at the same time he acquired the California White Port Wine Bottle, bottled by A Carbone & Co. Inc. for Davis Brothers Drug Co. under their DB Hillside Brand label [See TrueItalianTable.com.] The bottles came from Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Wyoming reference is relevant since Grandpa Carbone went to Wyoming at some point. The glass suggests that it may be *pre-prohibition. Was it bottled here or in Wyoming? We’re doing more research, any new information will be posted here.

As far as I know, this is the oldest bottle that we have. The bottle itself is brown glass; the label, I want to say, is very simply designed – much more so than our other bottles. The “shield” is different and it was placed below the “CARBONE BRAND” lettering. There are no tax stamps, just a printed phrase on the label “REFILLED FROM A TAX PAID PACKAGE.” There are no references to COLORADO WINES or BONDED WINERY NO. ONE. The only embossment in the glass, are the words “ONE QUART.”

*”Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933.”

I’m researching vintage pre-prohibition wine bottles and I’ll report back here if I find anything relevant.

Carbone Wine Muscatel Bottle - Pre-Prohibition

Carbone Wine Muscatel Bottle – *Pre-Prohibition

We just added a new bottle to our collection

Latest Acquisition: (see above)

’50s era Carbone Wine Quart Bottle with Muscatel label, screw-cap and foil capsule generously donated by the lovely Bain Family of Lakewood, Colorado.


’50s era Carbone Wine Quart Bottle’s Foil Capsule and 6-Cent Revenue Liquor Stamp  (below.)


Although we can’t be certain of the date of the stamp, we know that Colorado Secretary of State, Geo. J. Baker was in office 1949-1953 so it’s most probably from around that time.

The “85” on the main label most probably refers to the price of the wine, $.85. This sounds about right.

Thank you Bain Family from Lakewood, CO. FYI Mr. Bain mentioned – and I hope I get this right – that his grandfather was in charge of moving the trains around The Denargo Market which was the location of  A Carbone & Co Inc.


Osteria Marco

Osteria Marco
1453 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202

Osterio Marco

Osterio Marco in Denver’s Larimer Square – Google Earth Image

Osteria Marco
by Claudia Carbone

If Luca d’Italia is the tuxedo in Frank Bonanno’s cache of restaurants, Osteria Marco is the comfortable pair of jeans. Continue reading

Patsy’s Italian Restaurant in Denver, Colorado – Update 2013 – 2016

Patsy’s Italian Restaurant in Denver, Colorado – Update 2016


This is a quick, update post – Patsy’s has been reviewed before (there’s a link at the bottom of this post. Also there’s some new information on the wall-mural at Patsy’s)

Patsy’s Italian Restaurant
3651 Navajo Street
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-8910

Patsy's Italian Restaurant

Patsy’s Italian Restaurant

“With a history that spans more than 80 years, Patsy’s Italian Restaurant is Denver’s oldest Italian restaurant. Founded in 1921 by the Aiello family, Patsy’s has undergone a few changes over the years but the heart and soul of tradition have remained the same” Continue reading

Odyssey Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar in Denver, CO

UPDATE June 24, 2014
A big thanks to Odyssey Italian Restaurant and Michael who gave us a grand dinner experience last week, thank you all.
Scroll to the bottom of post for a pic of Michael.

UPDATE February 18, 2014
Call Odyssey for parking tips, finding a parking spot can be difficult.

UPDATE December 27, 2013
I finally found Odyssey’s Official Website! WC

Odyssey Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
603 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 318-0102

Odyssey Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

Odyssey Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

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America’s 20 Best Italian Restaurants: Number 9) Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder, Colo.

Frasca Food & Wine
1738 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302

A special thanks to Claire of http://www.culinary-colorado.com for bringing this top-twenty Italian restaurant to our attention – the only Colorado restaurant to make the list. In fact it’s the only restaurant between Chicago and Las Vegas to make the list.


Frasca Food & Wine
1738 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302 Continue reading