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Winery Visit – Kingman Estates Winery

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!

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Winery Visit – Kingman Estates Winery

Kingman Estates Winery’s wine is just “Marv’lous”….that is their Marv’lous 1680, which is their most popular wine, and a blend of Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. According to owner Karen Kingman, adding Riesling to a red wine blend is a European technique that helps to soften the tannins in the red grapes, and also intensifies color. The reason 1680 is added to this label is, that is the number of bottles that were produced in their first batch of this blend.

Kingman Estates Winery is a “new kid on the block” in the Front Range area. Located near I-25 and 58th Avenue exit, they are easily accessible to anyone who wants to join them at their tasting room on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.  It is there you can sample their 6 wines….Chardonnay, Riesling and Viognier, their whites, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and their Marv’lous red blend. During the 2012 Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade, Kingman received a “Best of the Fest” silver medal for their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon!

Owners Karen and Doug Kingman began their winery venture during a vacation to the Four Corners area, specifically McElmo Canyon, where they met Guy Drew, of Guy Drew Vineyards. Their plan was put on the back burner for 2 years while Doug took online classes through UC Davis and conducted personal research. In 2011 they purchased 10 acres and a barn in the Grand Valley, and started the thought process of growing grapes and making wine. But the following year the Kingmans decided metro Denver would be a better spot for them, and  within 3 weeks sold their property and began the process of opening up their winery and tasting room.

Doug currently has Merlot aging in oak barrels, and is planning a late 2013 release. A Bordeaux blend is possibly in their future, so stop on by Kingman Estates Winery to see  for yourself what’s happening!

 

 

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