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How One Third Culture Adult Started His Own Winery

Cheers to new food, drink and holiday memories!

By Antonia Naje Allsopp

Oxymoronic as it sounds, The Infinite Monkey Theorem is an urban winery founded on the principle of making order out of chaos. Third Culture Adult Ben Parsons grew up in London, studied winemaking in Australia and began his career on Colorado’s Western Slope.

He founded TIMT in 2008 with the notion of growing grapes at 4,500 feet in the Centennial State — which brings challenges, such as a short growing season and potential snow or frost — and using those grapes to make wine out of a back alley in the middle of the state’s capital, the city of Denver.

From there, this winery has upended the industry by creating exquisite canned (yes, canned) wines and has established two tasting rooms in hip, bustling, artsy urban districts in Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas, U.S. TIMT offers eight delectable varieties from red to white to bubbly. They also offer traditional bottles and wine kegs. We recommend these selections:

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Riesling blended with heralded Colorado Western Slope Palisade Peach juice. Some just might call this life-changing. Aromas of white peach and citrus fruits rouse the palate, while acid and sugar are balanced perfectly with carbonation to make it delightfully refreshing.
$15 per pack of 4

Aromas of Meyer lemon, lime, peach and green apple burst onto the palate. With racy acidity and great structure, carbonation keeps it lively and fresh through the finish.
$15 per pack of 4

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Gold-medal winning taste with a crisp, dry cider and clear pear flavor. Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops add a light grapefruit note. TIMT suggests
pairing with sunshine, friends and anything from barbecue to spicy curry.
$15 per pack of 6

Enjoy them all at the Denver location’s Stanley Marketplace tasting room, as you bask in all the vintage-chic vibes. Or, if you’ll be in the Austin, Texas area, stop by the location there. Bonus: A portion of the proceeds from each can sold will go to either The University of Colorado Cancer Center or The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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7 comments

  1. I love the idea of trying these interesting flavors of wine. After growing up in Austin and Denver, these flavors will be a nice addition to canned wines!

  2. This is such an awesome story! I love how Ben uses his diverse background as a TCA to create such innovative wines. Can’t wait to check them out!

  3. I love reading about how creative people can be and this is just another example of how a person’s background can really impact their ideas and is just an awesome way of showcasing their backgrounds in a way everyone can enjoy.

  4. I love this winery and love Ben’s background in making the business a success. They recently opened a location in Fort Collins that I have enjoyed frequenting!

  5. Thank you for this post because I love wine and now I have options to try more wine. This was also a great read to learn about someone from such an extensive background and how they ended up here in Colorado of all places. The world can be a small place sometimes.

  6. This was a very interesting article to read as I am very picky when it comes to wines so it was nice to read about new and delicious options! It was also very interesting to read what the challenges were with having the winery at 4,500 feet in the Centennial State. Keen to try these!

  7. Seeing as Ben is a Third Culture Adult and learned to make wine in London, I bet the skills he has acquired set him apart from other people within this industry. I haven’t ever tried any of the TIMT wine but it is something I’ll keep an eye out for in Colorado.

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