Holiday-Inspired Cook with the Pros

Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson

Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson is the founder of Frasca Hospitality Group, which includes Frasca Food and Wine and Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, along with Tavernetta and Sunday Vinyl in Denver.

Mackinnon-Patterson has earned several awards for his cooking, including: Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs 2005; James Beard Foundation Award’s Best Chef: Southwest, 2008; and a season competing on BRAVO’s Top Chef Masters. Frasca Food and Wine has won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine Service in America (2013) Outstanding Service (2019).

In partnership with Chipotle Mexican Grill, Mackinnon-Patterson operates the fast-fine concepts of Pizzeria Locale in Denver.

In addition to dining concepts, Mackinnon-Patterson also owns Scarpetta Wines, which he started in 2007 with business partner and Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey.

Wine Selections:

Frasca Food and Wine 3-Pack $90

Scarpetta Prosecco 2020
Mitja Sirk, Bianco Venezia Giulia 2020
Vignai da Duline, 'Chioma Integrale' Malvasia 2019

About the Wines:

Scarpetta Prosecco 2020 

Prosecco is a carefree drink, but it should still be made with care. This organic bottle from the cool hills of Friuli is light, refreshing, and dry, and an ideal pre-dinner glass of wine.

Tastes like: Cantaloupe, honeysuckle, and hazelnut.

How to drink: With friends, around a table filled with cured meats, cheeses, and crisp breadsticks.

Vignai da Duline, 'Chioma Integrale' Malvasia 2019

About a 10-minute drive from the Slovenian border in northeastern Italy, Vignai da Duline produces various types of natural wines, including this one made from the white malvasia grape. Like lots of Italian white wines, it’s about as refreshing as a misting fan filled with saltwater, but it also has enough body and complexity to be a solid alternative to richer white wines from France.

Tastes like: Lemon, granny smith apple, and salt.

How to drink: Serve extra cold. Drink it with appetizers like oysters and shrimp, sushi, or any grilled fish.

Mitja Sirk, Bianco Venezia Giulia 2020 

Mitja Sirk started making wine when he was 11 in Friuli, Italy. He uses the region’s main grape variety, friulano, to make crisp white wine similar to a light style of Burgundy.

Tastes like: Pear, Green Apple, Almond.

How to drink: With salad or fresh seafood.