Craft winery is hidden gem

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At first glance, the Point Blank Winery in Centennial might look like another empty storefront in a nondescript industrial park.

With nothing more than simple block letters on a dark smoked glass door, nothing really points to the local treasure that’s inside.

But for those who do find their way to 6547 S. Racine Circle, they’ll will find one of the best-kept secrets in town, along with some of the best in limited-release, seasonal craft wines, not to mention a classy, hidden tasting room where a sip of something special is always in order.

Think speakeasy.

At just 25 years old, winemaker Erin Ozgen blends, bottles and boxes wines that feature multiple grape varieties to create an original blend that is balanced, flavorful and unique.

“I ship in varietal concentrates from northern California and blend them myself,” she said. “We are a craft winery by nature and produce only a few select wines at a time, somewhere around 300 cases, so far.”

A graduate of the International Wine Guild in Denver, Ozgen said the winery strives to offer interesting wine blends that suit the taste of both wine connoisseurs and the casual wine drinker alike.

Rich dark wood and vintage music from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald complement the Ozgen’s Classy Brass, a dry white Chardonnay blend; At Last, a medium-dry rosé wine blended with Grenache; and High Society, a soon-to-be medium-dry to sweet Riesling that pairs with a variety of foods.

The cozy, candlelit tasting room pairs nicely with after-hours get-togethers and small private parties.

Ozgen said the winery, which opened for business in December 2012, gets its quirky name from one of her late-night study sessions while attending sommelier school.

“I kept misreading Pinot Blanc as point blank, and the name just stuck,” she said.

Current labels are available only in the tasting room, which is open Thursday through Saturday. Tastings are always on the house. Wine is sold by the glass, $4 and by the bottle, $15.

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About Point Blank

Point Blank Winery

6547 S. Racine Circle, Suite 1400

Centennial, CO, 80111

Phone: 720-328-2513

Web: www.pointblankwinery.com

Tasting room hours:

Thursday, Friday: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Other days and times are by appointment. The winery is available for private parties and events.

Winery tours are available for the asking.