2017 Governor’s Cup Wine Competition


Winning Wines to be featured and paired with local chef creations at History Colorado Center August 3

The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board (CWIDB), part of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, is gearing up for the 2017 Colorado Wine Governor’s Cup Competition, the only statewide wine making competition exclusively for Colorado wines. This year’s competition includes 250 wines from 35 local wineries, all of which are judged by a panel of sommeliers, chefs, writers, and wine experts from around the country.

Highly acclaimed wine icon, Warren Winiarski, is returning to sit on this year’s panel, along with featured judges new this year, Linda Murphy and Doug Frost. Murphy is a California based writer, editor and author of “American Wine: The Ultimate Companion”. Frost is a Kansas City author who is one of four people in the world to have achieved both titles of Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.

“Colorado wines have proved themselves cable of competing not only on the national but the world stage for years,” said Frost. “The state has offered delicious red and white wines, though the wider world seems unaware of that. That is partly due to the small quantities produced, but the high quality can’t remain a secret forever.”

The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board will announce the winners of this year’s Governor’s Cup Wine Competition in July. The winning wines will be put into the Governor’s Cup Case, a case designed to highlight not one but a dozen of the state’s top wines.

Wine included in the Governor’s Cup Case will be used by the CWIDB for marketing purposes in Colorado, across the country, and around the world. The award winning wines will also be used for education purposes at Colorado winemaker roundtable discussions to improve overall quality of Colorado wines.

“Each year, our team selects only the top wine gurus in the industry to serve on the judging panel for the Governor’s Cup Competition,” said Doug Caskey, Executive Director of the CWIDB. “We are thrilled to bring back judges from years past, and we welcome new judges to experience the best wines produced here in our state.”

The public will have the opportunity to taste the winners of this year’s competition at the Governor’s Cup Case Tasting Event on August 3, 2017 at The History Colorado Center. This is the only event that gives the public the chance to try each wine before the case is released.

Tickets are currently available here and are $45 for General Admission and $75 for the VIP experience. The intimate VIP experience includes exquisite food prepared by Cafe Rendezvous, along with the chance to taste some previous winners of the Governor’s Cup along with the 2017 wines.


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