19 Reasons to Consider Wines Made in Colorado

rich mauro the peoples palateI recently attended “A Celebration of Premier Colorado Wines” at the Governor’s Residence and came away with renewed confidence in the quality of Colorado wines.  Hosted by first lady Jeannie Ritter, Gov. Bill Ritter, the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board and the American Wine Society, proceeds from benefit the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund.

The tasting showcased award winners from a competition judged by experts including Doug Frost (Master Sommelier and Master of Wine), Jeff Siegel (Fort Worth Star Telegram), Bill Nelson (WineAmerica) and local experts from Johnson and Wales University, the International Wine Guild, Denver AWS Chapter, the chef of Charles Court at The Broadmoor, and the sommelier at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in Greenwood Village.

Of 213 wines entered by 35 wineries, judges awarded 147 medals.

Some of my favorites:
Alfred Eames Cellars (red blends)
• 2007 Carmena
• 2008 Collage
• 2008 Sangre del Sol
Bookcliff Vineyards
• 2009 Riesling
Boulder Creek Winery
• 2009 Riesling
Creekside Cellars
• 2007 Cabernet Franc
• 2005 Merlot
Desert Sun Vineyards
• 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Guy Drew Vineyards
• 2009 Riesling
• 2009 Gewurztraminer
Plum Creek Winery
• 2009 Sauvignon Blanc
Reeder Mesa Vineyards
• 2008 Merlot
Talon Winery
• 2008 Wingspan White
• 2008 Wingspan Red
Two Rivers Winery & Chateau
• 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
• 2006 Ruby Port
• 2007 Vintner’s Blend
Woody Creek Cellars
• 2008 Cabernet Franc
• 2008 Tempranillo

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About Rich

I first became interested in wine while I worked in numerous liquor stores during college in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. In the years following college, I researched, tasted, traveled to vineyards in California and Europe, participated in countless tastings. I began writing about wine in 1995 with a column in Out Front Colorado. For me, wine is more than a drink. It is food. It is a connection to the earth. It is culture. There is just something amazing, even magical, about the transformation of grapes into wine. It is also remarkable how drinking wine with food enhances the taste and enjoyment of both. Appreciation of wine has become an integral part of my approach to life, which emphasizes balance, respect for nature, physical and emotional health, and an appreciation of our nature as social beings. In 2006, I was awarded a fellowship to the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers.