About Stelvio Selections
What’s in a name?
In the case of Stelvio, the name captures my life’s passions. Apart from distributing wines in Colorado, I am currently racing my tenth year as a professional cyclist. Picking up the cycling bug as a teenager opened a lot of doors for me, namely the ability to see the world from the seat of my bike. From an early age, I fell in love with Europe and, of course, it’s infectious wine culture.
It seemed that every race I participated in toured around some of the most famous sites for growing wine. From the region of Friuli in the Giro d’Italia to the Rhone valley in Paris-Nice, I just couldn’t avoid fabulous wine. And I have yet to find a great growing site that wasn’t also perfectly suited for riding a bike.
The parallels do not stop there. I chose the name Stelvio after the iconic climb in the Italian Alps, the Passo della Stelvio. Its brutal slopes and endless switchbacks form a natural selection every time a race traverses it. The secret to being a great cyclist is learning to be smart, and obviously fit, enough to make those selections to win at the top of the 9,000-foot peak.
I’ve set this business up with that exact same mind set. Instead of steep grades and countless switchbacks to weed out the weaker cyclist, I have a team of Master Sommeliers that help me weed out the lesser wines. The wine world is vast and intimidating, so with the help of my team – Brett Zimmerman, Bobby Stucky and Richard Betts – we’ve been able to select the finest representation of our favorite grapes for your enjoyment.