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The 2019 Governor’s Cup Wine Collection Winners Debut Nov. 15

By Natasha Lovato 

Colorado wine makers have been busily perfecting their wines, The Colorado Wine Industry Board members have been busily judging and now it is your job to get busy tasting. 

The wine industry board, which is a branch of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, announced the 14 Colorado wines selected to comprise the 2019 Governor’s Cup Wine Collection. The public is invited to sip and savor the winning wines alongside culinary-perfected bites at Colorado UnCorked from 6-9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at The History Colorado Center

This year’s competition included 251 wine submissions from 43 local wineries judged by a panel of sommeliers, chefs, writers and wine experts from around the country. The Best of Show winner will be officially announced during Colorado UnCorked, which is also the first and only opportunity for the public to try all of the award-winning wines at the same time. 

Kyle Schlachter, Colorado Wine Industry Development Board outreach coordinator, explained how the wines are chosen for the awards. 

The wines are grouped into flights by style and a panel of judges tastes each flight. For example, the judges will try eight syrah wines in one flight and assess the wine individually for qualities like smell, flavor, finish and balance, Schlachter said. Then a medal-winner is decided. 

“It is the most comprehensive competition for Colorado wineries,” he added. “My favorite part of the competition is seeing all the judges each year. We really do have a lot of big-name and well-respected people in the wine industry every year. It is also always great to see how much the quality of the wines impresses the judges more and more each year.”

This year’s Colorado UnCorked will give you the opportunity to try all 14 winning wines in the collection alongside bites crafted from Colorado restaurants such as Julep, Bin 707, Taco Party, Logan Street and Woodie Fisher.

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Tickets are $45 for General Admission and $85 for the VIP experience. Although this debut gives you the opportunity to try all of the award winners, here is the full list to give you the opportunity to pick up a bottle from their winery or participating liquor stores. 

2019 Colorado Governor’s Cup Collection

Bonacquisti Wine Company (Denver) - 2018 Tempranillo

BookCliff Vineyards (Boulder) - 2016 Graciano

BookCliff Vineyards (Boulder) - 2016 Ensemble Red Blend

Carlson Vineyards (Palisade) - Cherry Wine, 100% Grand Valley Montmorency cherries

Carlson Vineyards (Palisade) - 2018 NSFW White Blend, Grand Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA)

Colterris Winery (Palisade) - 2017 Petit Verdot, Grand Valley AVA

Plum Creek Winery (Palisade) - 2016 Cabernet Franc, Grand Valley AVA

Qutori Wines (Paonia) - 2017 Syrah, Colorado

Red Fox Cellars (Palisade) - 2017 Nebbiolo, Grand Valley AVA

Snowy Peaks Winery (Estes Park) - 2016 Petite Sirah, Grand Valley AVA

The Storm Cellar (Paonia) - 2018 Dry Riesling, West Elks AVA

The Storm Cellar (Paonia) - 2018 Riesling, West Elks AVA

Vino Salida Wine Cellars (Poncha Springs) - Vino Vermouth di Salida - Rosso

Whitewater Hill Vineyards (Grand Junction) - 2018 Moscato, Grand Valley AVA

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