Infinite Monkey Theorem, Denver

WIN a wine tour of Denver’s Urban winery, Infinite Monkey Wine Theorem, guided by the owner. Followed with a barrel tasting.


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One randomly selected winner will receive a tasting and tour for 10 people! Normally 50 dollars a person.

About the winery:

Carri Wilbanks with owner of IMT Ben Parsons

Carri Wilbanks with owner of IMT Ben Parsons

In a back alley on the outskirt of Downtown Denver, aluminum cans are topped off with wine. Denver’s urban winery, The Infinite Monkey Theorem, is taking the lead on what will someday be a trend no longer. “It’s just wine in an eight ounce can. It’s not pretentious,” says British owner of IMT Ben Parsons.

He envisioned the idea as a matter of convenience. People could quick grab a three pack of wine and head for a hike or the slopes. No bottle opener needed-just a quick click and the wine is ready to hit the lips. Parsons took the idea to Broomfield based Ball Corp. with one question: “How do you get wine in a can?” After several tests they found success. The cans were released in Colorado liquor stores in June 2011 and orders keep picking up speed.All of the canning is done inside the winery’s Quonset hut in the Santa Fe Art District. Right now the Black Muscat fills cans but Parsons plans on adding more varieties this year. The winery is also in the process of trying to distribute nationally.

So how did Parsons make way from London to Colorado? Turns out after receiving a scholarship to learn the chemistry of winemaking in Australia, he accepted a job as a wine maker at Canyon Wind in Palisade, CO. After five years he moved to a winery in Cortez, CO where he was determined to make a bright thought a reality. “The idea is quite simple. I wanted to bring a winery to the people.” Seeing as Denver’s population is larger than the Western Slope, he opened IMT in 2008. Parsons started driving up to Grand Junction to fill up with grapes to bring back to the Front Range to make wine. Ninety-five percent of the fruit is from Palisade- the rest is from other vineyards Parson’s selects based on his polished pallet.

IMT expands year by year. In 2008 they distributed 2,000 cases and in three short years now produce 10,000+ cases. As for 2012 the company is hoping to produce enough wine to fill 15,000 cases. As much as Parson’s seems to adore Denver his business might expand to urban wineries in other cities like Austin and states like Oregon. He would of course use state grapes, naturally. To learn more about the takeoff company please visit: 

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If you are still perplexed over the name, here is the background. It comes from the idea that if a monkey is given an infinite amount of time with a typewriter it could eventually turn the work of Shakespeare. Parson’s says that theory is a lot like winemaking. “There are so many variables, so many choices to make, and so many outcomes that are possible.” Parsons focuses on the variables that are most important like using the best grapes. He drops the ones that he doesn’t think matter so much, like a tasting room with granite and marble with rolling hills in the backdrop. His solution seems to have worked out just fine for all of us Denverities.


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  1. #1 by Brett Heinzerling on February 23, 2012 - 10:46 am

    I’m a fan of anything red…I probably can’t tell a good glass of wine from a bad one, but I’d love to learn while taking a tour of a local winery (hint, hint).

  2. #2 by cole weinman on February 23, 2012 - 10:54 am

    Anything Pinot and anything from the northwest. I used to live near the willamette valley, and getting fresh wine and visitng those wineries wad amazing. Pinky noir is probably the best.

  3. #3 by lisa croce on February 23, 2012 - 10:58 am

    Mmmmm Pinot Noirs, shiraz, Cabs, Merlots, and….mmmm Malbec!

  4. #4 by Zach on February 23, 2012 - 11:17 am

    My favorite is an Oregon Pinot noir! Something about those Oregon grapes that can turn any frown upside down instantly!

  5. #5 by Michael Savino on February 23, 2012 - 11:18 am

    Infinitely Interesting!!!

  6. #6 by Kelly Bechter on February 23, 2012 - 11:20 am

    My favorite wine is any Ménage à Trois. Why? Because it is called Ménage à Trois! Raaawr. The Zin, Cab, and Merlot are all good.

  7. #7 by JJ on February 23, 2012 - 11:24 am

    Argentinian Malbec! After glugging down a glass of these grapes in their home country this year I am fascinated with varietals interesting history!

  8. #8 by Andrew Baird on February 23, 2012 - 11:25 am

    If it’s drinkable, I’m for it! Hopefully my new favorite wine will soon be from IMT!

  9. #9 by vannessa mccarthy on February 23, 2012 - 11:44 am

    I enjoy Pinot Noirs and white zins. But really any good glass of wine is good with me!

  10. #10 by Ashley Eckard on February 23, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    If it’s red, anything with a petite verdot blend. Awesome grape!

  11. #11 by Hunter Willis on February 23, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    I’ve grown fond of Malbecs over the last few years. Yum!

  12. #12 by Will Dupree on February 23, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    Although every wine varies considerably from one vintage to the next, my favorites over time are:

    Quintessa – a proprietary Bordeaux-style blend from Napa CA
    Silver Oak Cabernet – the classic big red from the Napa & Alexander Valleys CA
    Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape – a solid, reasonably priced grand vin from Rhone FR
    Barolo – a fantastic Italian varietal that’s usually out of my price range
    Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella – another big, round Italian red

  13. #13 by Michael Amstein on February 23, 2012 - 2:16 pm

    Without a doubt IMT’s 100% varietal Petit Verdot is absolutely amazing. Ben and Lee do a fantastic job.

  14. #14 by toya scarafiotti on February 23, 2012 - 4:27 pm

    Red…especially when it is cold out. I have recently become a Malbec fan, but a good Cab/Sav is still like coming home!

  15. #15 by Eric on February 23, 2012 - 9:54 pm

    My favorite wine is a good Shiraz, but I think I need a winery tour to know for sure 🙂

  16. #16 by James on February 24, 2012 - 7:43 am

    I honestly like a good reisling, though I’ve yet to find the perfect ice wine.

  17. #17 by Mark on February 24, 2012 - 12:56 pm

    Chateau Ste Michelle’s 2008 Ethos Reserve Cabernet…comes from WA!

  18. #18 by Nikki Carpenter on February 24, 2012 - 2:41 pm

    My favorite wines are Malbecs from Argentina! I also appreciate a sweet white every now and then, like a moscato in the summer!! I’ll probably dink any wine you give me though, I do love me some wine!

  19. #19 by Liz on February 25, 2012 - 9:49 am

    I love the idea of being able to bring my wine in a can wherever I go I think it’s bright! I personally preffer my wine to be sweet the so called “dessert wines” but then again, I just might not have found the right dry one for my taste buds yet. Would love to taste out your wines. 😉

  20. #20 by Elise on February 25, 2012 - 7:39 pm

    Wine in a can . . . why didn’t I think of that! What a great way to bring vino on a HIKE! I would like to see some PALISADE peaches in some PALISADE wine!

  21. #21 by A.J. NIXON on February 26, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    Dry cab would be my favorite. Something that actually lets me know that its not just grape juice for grown ups. I’m not picky and always in the mood for something new.

  22. #22 by John Buckner on February 28, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    My favorite wine!? Why, canned wine, of course.

  23. #23 by Mark Ackerman on February 28, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    Merryvale Cab

  24. #24 by Kayce Danna on February 28, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    Only an educated pallet can tell the difference between Carlo Rosi and Franzia. College is over, I suppose it’s time I grow up.

  25. #25 by emmafrozenapants on February 28, 2012 - 2:11 pm

    I’ve only recently started trying Colorado wines, but so far so good! I’m a sucker for (in order) Cabs, Pinot Nior, Malbec, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blancs. Obviously I love wine 🙂

  26. #26 by Eileen Consedine on February 28, 2012 - 2:11 pm

    Even though I’m an only child, I still display the ‘mediocre, middle-child syndrome’, so, naturally, I love Middle Sister Merlot. Second choice is anything in a large bottle under $12.

  27. #27 by Corey on February 28, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    I like Tempranillo, Malbec, and Pinot!

  28. #28 by Ryan Huseby on February 28, 2012 - 3:59 pm

    White Burgandys are amaizing – I like Jean-Claude Bessin, Valmur, Chablis Grand Cru. Hoe you’re doing well Carrie! Long time no see : )

  29. #29 by on March 1, 2012 - 10:29 am

    HUGE fan of Malbecs +

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