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Toastworthy Colorado Wines

By Beth Buehler

When considering wines to serve at events or gift to attendees, VIPs, clients, and employees, why not go local? Especially when the hard work of selecting standout Colorado wine has already been done by a panel of 15 acclaimed wine industry members for the annual Governor’s Cup competition organized by the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board (CWIDB). This year’s competition included 286 wine submissions from 48 Colorado wine and mead producers, with the judging panel made up of sommeliers, chefs, writers, and wine experts from around the country.

Devin Petersen and Alfred Eames receive Best in Show award. Feb. 9, 2024
Devin Petersen (left) and his father Alfred Eames, of Alfred Eames Cellars, receive Best in Show award. || Courtesy of Colorado Wine Board

The only public tasting of the 2023 Governor’s Cup Collection of 12 wines that represent the best in Colorado happened during Colorado UnCorked last November at History Colorado Center in Denver. At the event, the wines were paired with small bites prepared by several of Colorado’s celebrated chefs, and Alfred Eames Cellars was awarded Best in Show for its 2019 Carmena. All the wines in the collection are made from Colorado grapes, honey, or other fruit.

2023 Colorado Governor’s Cup Collection

Alfred Eames Cellars  Paonia 2019 Carmena

Balistreri Vineyards  Denver 2022 Syrah

BookCliff Vineyards  Boulder 2022 Syrah

Dragon Meadery  Aurora Red Apple Cyser

The Peachfork  Palisade Pear Apple

Restoration Vineyards  Palisade 2022 Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvage Spectrum  Palisade 2022 Teroldego

Sauvage Spectrum  Palisade 2022 Malbec

Snowy Peaks Winery  Estes Park 2019 Élevé (Syrah/Petite Sirah/Mourvedre)

Snowy Peaks Winery  Estes Park 2022 Muscat Blanc

The Storm Cellar  Hotchkiss 2022 Albariño

The Storm Cellar  Hotchkiss 2019 NV Gewürztraminer 

CWIDB will use this collection for marketing opportunities around the world and for educational purposes at Colorado winemaker roundtable discussions. 

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