Want to taste the best of the best Colorado wine? Get tickets to Colorado Uncorked at History Colorado on November 4, 2022.
I got a sneak peek (or should I write, “sneak taste”) of the Colorado wines that were chosen to be in this collection of 12 wines. An esteemed 19-person panel made up of sommeliers, chefs, writers and wine experts from across the country picked these wines from 270 wines submitted by 38 local wineries.
A Best in Show winner will officially be announced during Colorado Uncorked
The preview event was held earlier this month at Bezel, the well-appointed bar at Sheraton Downtown along 16th Street Mall in Denver. We stayed in a fabulous suite at the Sheraton Downtown. I really think it should come with its own helicopter.
At Bezel, we got to taste the wine and meet each of the winemakers.
2022 Colorado Governor’s Cup Collection
- Aspen Peak Cellars (Bailey) – 2021 Pinot Gris, American
- Carboy Winery (Littleton) – 2019 Petit Verdot, Grand Valley AVA
- Carboy Winery (Littleton) – 2020 Teroldego, Grand Valley AVA
- Carboy Winery (Littleton) – 2019 Blanc LaLaLa (Sparkling Gruner Veltliner), Grand Valley AVA
- Carlson Vineyards (Palisade) – 2021 Sweet Baby White Blend, American
- Mesa Park Vineyards (Palisade) – 2020 Equilibre Red Blend, Grand Valley AVA
- The Peachfork (Palisade) – 2021 Chambourcin, Grand Valley AVA
- Red Fox Cellars (Palisade) – Non-Vintage Nebbiolo, Grand Valley AVA
- Slaymaker Cellars (Idaho Springs) – Traditional Wildflower Mead
- The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (Canon City) – 2019 Syrah, Colorado
- Vino Salida Wine Cellars (Poncha Springs) – 2017 Tempranillo, Grand Valley AVA
- Whitewater Hill Vineyards (Grand Junction) – 2021 Dry Rose of St. Vincent, Grand Valley AVA
I learned a thing or two about all of the wineries, for instance, did you know that Aspen Peak Cellars has a restaurant? Located next to the North Fork of the South Platte River in Bailey, guests can dine and drink whilst sitting riverside. This sounds rather lovely.
Also, Whitewater Hill Vineyards in Grand Junction has live music and a permanent food truck. In fact, I learned that many wineries now have food trucks. The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey has outside dining complete with wine, food choices, and heaters, so winter sipping is a delight.
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Mead is included in the wine category by the State of Colorado, and Slaymaker Cellars in Idaho Springs makes a tasty one that is in the collection. And, it turns out, Vino Salida Wine Cellars is located right next to one of my favorite brewery stops in Poncha Springs.
Most of all, at this event, I realized I need to take a wine themed road trip (and so do you). There are several routes that occurred to me over the course of this evening.
At Colorado Uncorked, wines will be paired with small bites from Terra Denver, River Bear Meats, Bezel at Sheraton Downtown, The Kitchen, Logan Street, Suti + Co, The Chocolate Therapist and many others.
Colorado Uncorked is November 4, 2022. Tickets are $65 for General Admission and $130 for the VIP experience, which is sold out. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite. Every purchase includes a $5 donation split evenly between History Colorado and Zero Foodprint. More information can be found at Uncorked – Colorado Wine.
Fun! I’ll have to see if we’re off that weekend. I’m familiar with some, but not all, of these wineries. We’ve hit many Western Slope wineries, but need to branch out!