The question is….how do you begin a winery and 3 years later are ranked eighth largest winery in Colorado (according to the Denver Business Journal)? The answer is….ask Doug and Karen, owners of Kingman Estate Winery… for that is exactly what they have done! They will tell you their secret “is one customer at a time to build your reputation.” They also believe it is not about selling wine, but about selling a relationship and experience. And I would also have to interject to say it is also about the winemaking! I first met Doug and Karen at a wine festival back in 2012 and I think they have participated in every wine festival in our state since then!! Festivals, numerous liquor stores, and their Tasting Room (and production facility) near I-25 / 58th are where you can purchase their wonderful wines.
Kingman Winery sources the majority of its grapes from Palisade, as long as it’s a good producing year. As winemaker, Doug prefers Colorado grapes because he believes the grapes aren’t quite as fruity as California’s grapes and provide a more intense flavor due to our soil and climate. The winery will be producing 9 wines for 2015….4 whites, 4 reds and their blend of Cab Franc, Cab Sauv and Riesling that is called Marv’ lous 1680. Marv’lous is one of their top sellers and, in my opinion, a delicious wine. While interviewing Doug I also tasted his Viogner and Riesling, both of which I would rate as winners!
Doug is on the Colorado Wine Industry Board and his goal, and that of the CWIB, is to increase the visibility of Colorado wines/wineries. In fact the new logo is “Raise a Local Glass.” This board and that of CAVE (Colorado Association of Viticulture and Enology) assist Colorado’s grape growers and winemakers. Many people don’t know that we have a state viticulturist and an enologist to provide assistance to farmers and wineries with growing grapes and making wine. CAVE also organizes the Mountain Wine Festival that is held in Palisade every year. (BTW – mark September 17, 2016 on your calendar for that wine festival!).
Kingman has a great Wine Club that offers “Quarterly Pick-Up Parties” and a “Fall Customer Appreciation Event.” On 11/14/15 and 12/31/15 they are having a Winemaker’s Dinner combining their wines and the skills of Chef Connie Ruel (see picture below for 11/14 menu). Future Winemaker’s Dinners are planned for every two months. This is an incredible opportunity to pair delicious wines with delicious food….what could be better?? So….explore and enjoy!Read more →