About the Event

The Colorado Wine Governor’s Cup Competition is the only statewide wine making competition exclusively for Colorado wines.

The 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.


Who

Participants:
Colorado Wineries

Judges:
To Be Announced

Where

Judging took place at the

Hospitality Learning Center
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Judging is closed to the public

The public tasting will be held at
History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway St
Denver, CO 80203
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When

Judging:
July 8th – 9th

Public Tasting:
August 3RD

 

Winners & Awards

Awards

Red Wine Varietals

BookCliff Vineyards - 2012 Malbec
BookCliff Vineyards - 2012 Petit Verdot
Canyon Wind Cellars - 2012 Petit Verdot
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2011 Merlot Reserve
Ryker’s Cellars - 2011 R. Red
Carlson Vineyards - 2012 Pino Noir
Ryker’s Cellars - 2012 Petite Sirah
Aspen Peak Cellars - Mocha Zinsation
BookCliff Vineyards - 2011 Ensemble
BookCliff Vineyards - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
BookCliff Vineyards - 2012 Cabernet Franc Reserve
Boulder Creek Winery - 2011 Cabernet Franc
Boulder Creek Winery - 2011 Reserve Claret
Canyon Wind Cellars - 2012 Merlot
Carlson Vineyards - 2012 Merlot, Cougar Run
Carlson Vineyards - 2012 Cabernet France, Cougar Run
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - 2012 Merlot
Creekside Cellars - 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Creekside Cellars - 2010 Malbec
Creekside Cellars - 2011 Cabernet Franc
Creekside Cellars - 2010 Robusto
DeBeque Canyon Winery - 2011 Cabernet Franc
Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery - 2012 Cabernet Franc
Mesa Park Vineyards - 2012 Family Reserve Red
Plum Creek Cellars - Palisade Red
Reeder Mesa Vineyards - 2010 Petit Verdot
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2012 Malbec
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2011 Sebastian's Reserve
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2011 Cabernet Franc
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Reeder Mesa Vineyards - 2009 Cabernet Syrah
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2013 Sweetheart Red
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - Sangre de Cristo Nouv.
Guy Drew Vineyards - 2012 Syrah
Reeder Mesa Vineyards - 2009 Petite Sirah
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2011 Syrah
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2011 Shiraz
Boulder Creek Winery - 2012 Tempranillo
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - Ruby Classico III (Dessert)
Boulder Creek Winery - 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Boulder Creek Winery - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - 2011 CO Mtn Vineyards
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - 2009 CO Mtn Vineyards
Creekside Cellars - 2010 Petit Verdot
Creekside Cellars - 2008 Merlot
Fox Fire Farms - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Guy Drew Vineyards - 2011 Meritage
Guy Drew Vineyards - 2012 Sweet Merlot
Kingman Estates Winery - 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mesa Park Vineyards - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Plum Creek Cellars - 2011 Cabernet Franc
Plum Creek Cellars - 2010 Grand Mesa
Reeder Mesa Vineyards - 2009 Lands End Red
Ryker’s Cellars - 2012 Merlot
Ryker’s Cellars - 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2011 Merlot
Stoney Mesa Winery - 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Talon Winery - 2009 Wingspan Red
Talon Winery - 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2012 Merlot
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2011 Merlot
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2011 Revelation
Stoney Mesa Winery - 2012 Pinot Noir, Delta
Bonacquisti Wine Company - 2013 Malbec
Aspen Peak Cellars - Mocha Zinsation
BookCliff Vineyards - 2012 Cabernet Franc Reserve
Boulder Creek Winery - 2012 Syrah
Canyon Wind Cellars - 2013 Petit Verdot
Canyon Wind Cellars - 2013 Anemoi Lips
Canyon Wind Cellars - 2012 Anemoi Boreas
Creekside Cellars - 2012 Petit Verdot
Creekside Cellars - 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Grande River Vineyards - 2012 Malbec
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2011 Elevé
St. Kathryn Cellars Winery & Gift Shop - Sweet Scarlet
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2013 Syrah
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2014 Sweetheart Red
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2013 Petite Sirah
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2013 Colorado Crimson
Aspen Peak Cellars - 285 Fusion
Bonacquisti Wine Company - Vinny No Neck
Boulder Creek Winery - 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon | 2012 Reserve Claret | Consensus Finale
Canyon Wind Cellars - 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Carlson Vineyards - 2012 Cabernet Franc | 2013 Tyrannosaurus Red
Carlson Vineyards - 2013 Cherry
Creekside Cellars - 2012 Petite Sirah | 2011 Malbec
Fox Fire Farms - 2014 Traminette
Grande River Vineyards - 2012 Syrah
Guy Drew Vineyards - 2012 Cabernet Franc
Plum Creek Cellars - 2012 Cabernet Franc
Ryker’s Cellars - 2013 Malbec | 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2012 Petite Sirah
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2013 TMW Reserve | 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Two Rivers Winery - 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon | 2012 Vintner's Blend | 2013 Syrah
Alfred Eames Cellars - 2012 Sangre del Sol
Allis Ranch Winery, LLC - 2010 Two Husky Syrah
Aspen Peak Cellars - Conifer Red | Bailey Barberian | Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Bonacquisti Wine Company - Barbera
Boulder Creek Winery - 2012 Merlot
Canyon Wind Cellars - 2014 Eight & Sand | 2013 Anemoi Apeliotes
Carlson Vineyards - 2012 Calico | 2012 Merlot
Creekside Cellars - 2012 Cabernet Franc | 2012 Merlot | 2011 Syrah | 2011 Petit Verdot | 2010 Mourvèdre | WTF Red
Garfield Estates Vineyard and Winery - 2012 Malbec
Grande River Vineyards - 2012 Cabernet Franc
Guy Drew Vineyards - 2012 Syrah
Kingman Estates Winery - 2013 Marv'lous 1680 | 2013 Nefarious | 2012 Karen's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Plum Creek Cellars Winery - 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon | 2010 Grand Mesa | Palisade Red
Purgatory Cellars Winery - 2014 Zinfandel
Reeder Mesa Vineyards - 2013 Cabernet Franc
Ruby Trust Cellars - 2012 Fortune Seeker | 2012 The Outlaw
Ryker's Cellars - 2013 Petite Sirah | 2012 R-Red
Settembre Cellars - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon | 2010 Sangiovese
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon | 2012 Merlot
Spero Winery - 2009 Barbera | 2009 Malbec | 2009 Sauvignon
St. Kathryn Cellars - 2009 Merlot Port
Two Rivers Winery - 2013 Merlot
Vino Salida Wine Cellars -
Vino Salida Wine Cellars - 2013 Cabernet Franc | 2012 Pinot Noir | 2012 Tenderfoot Stomp | 2012 Cabernet Franc | Bee Vino, semi-sweet
What We Love the Winery - Rhone | Decadent Saint Red Sangria, dilute
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon | 2013 Shiraz
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2012 Merlot | Revelation | 2012 Syrah
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2014 Shiraz
Bookcliff Vineyards - 2014 Syrah
Bookcliff Vineyards - 2013 Ensemble
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2013 Petit Verdot
Kingman Estates Winery - 2013 Cabernet Franc
Kingman Estates Winery - 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sette Dolori Winery - 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Settembre Cellars - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bookcliff Vineyards - 2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Bonacquisti Wine Company - 2015 Malbec
Grande River Vineyards - 2013 Syrah
Grande River Vineyards - NV Havin' a Cow
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Kingman Estates Winery - 2014 Nefarious Red
Fox Fire Farms - 2014 Marquette
Allis Ranch Winery - 2012 Reserve Syrah
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2014 Merlot
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2014 Mourvèdre
Sette Dolori Winery - 2014 Merlot
Sette Dolori Winery - 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Vino Salida Wine Cellars - 2012 Pinot Noir
Plum Creek Cellars Winery - 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Plum Creek Cellars Winery - 2012 Grand Mesa
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2014 Cabernet Franc
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2015 Sweetheart Red
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2014 Cabernet Franc
Creekside Cellars - 2013 Cabernet Franc
Creekside Cellars - 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Creekside Cellars - 2012 Pinot Noir
Creekside Cellars - 2013 Rosso
Creekside Cellars - 2011 Syrah
Stone Cottage Cellars - 2012 Merlot
Bookcliff Vineyards - 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bookcliff Vineyards - 2013 Crescendo
Bookcliff Vineyards - 2015 Malbec
Bookcliff Vineyards - 2014 Tempranillo
Bookcliff Vineyards - 2014 Petit Verdot
Bookcliff Vineyards - 2014 Chambourcin
Bonacquisti Wine Company - 2015 Sunnyside Red
Sweetheart City Wines - 2012 Tempranillo
Carlson Vineyards - 2014 Tyrannosaurus Red
Carlson Vineyards - 2015 Sweet Baby Red
Grande River Vineyards - 2012 Meritage Red
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2014 Petit Verdot
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - 2014 Roadkill Red
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - 2015 Pinot Noir
Purgatory Cellars - 2014 Zinfandel Reserve
Kingman Estates Winery - 2012 Karen's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Cottonwood Cellars/The Olathe Winery - 2009 Lemberger
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2014 TMW Reserve
Talon Winery - 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Avant Vineyards - 2014 Cabernet Franc
Vino Salida Wine Cellars - 2012 Cuvee Rouge
Vino Salida Wine Cellars - 2014 Cuvee Rouge
Vino Salida Wine Cellars - 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aspen Peak Cellars - 2015 Conifer Red
Aspen Peak Cellars - nv Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Plum Creek Cellars Winery - 2012 Merlot
Plum Creek Cellars Winery - nv Palisade Red
Plum Creek Cellars Winery - 2012 Cabernet Franc
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2014 Ethereal
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2014 Merlot
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2014 Merlot
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2014 Reserve Merlot
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2013 Syrah
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Creekside Cellars - 2012 Malbec
Bonacquisti Wine Company - 2015 Cabernet Franc

White Wine Varietals

Boulder Creek Winery - 2013 Riesling
Stone Cottage Cellars - 2012 Gewurtz.
BookCliff Vineyards - Friday's Folly White
Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery - 2012 Vin de Glace (Dessert)
Guy Drew Vineyards - 2012 Reisling
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - Reisling
Boulder Creek Winery - 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Canyon Wind Cellars - 2013 Chardonnay
Carlson Vineyards - NV Chardonnay
Creekside Cellars - 2012 Chardonnay
Grande River Vineyards - 2012 Chardonnay
Boulder Creek Winery - 2013 Viognier
Carlson Vineyards - 2012 Gewurtz.
BookCliff Vineyards - 2014 Viognier
Guy Drew Vineyards - 2012 Riesling
Guy Drew Vineyards - 2013 Chardonnay
Plum Creek Cellars - 2013 Chardonnay
Boulder Creek Winery - 2013 Riesling
Carlson Vineyards - 2012 Chardonnay
Guy Drew Vineyards - 2009 Viognier
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2014 Sunset White | 2014 Sémillon
Bonacquisti Wine Company - 2012 Riesling
Boulder Creek Winery - 2013 Viognier
Grande River Vineyards - 2013 Chardonnay | 2013 Sauvignon Blanc | 2013 White Meritage
Plum Creek Cellars Winery - 2014 Pinot Gris | Palisade Festival
Ryker's Cellars - 2013 Riesling
St. Kathryn Cellars - Chardonnay
Talon Winery - 2012 Gewürztraminer | Riesling | Viognier
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2014 Cayuga White | Chardonnay | Riesling | Viognier
Vino Salida Wine Cellars - 2012 Chardonnay | Cuvee Rouge 2012
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2014 Dry Riesling
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - Riesling | Vineyard Sunset
Fox Fire Farms - 2015 Traminette
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2015 Viognier
Plum Creek Cellars Winery - 2015 Dry Riesling
Creekside Cellars - 2015 Roussanne
Sutcliffe Vineyards - 2015 Chardonnay
Carlson Vineyards - 2015 Sweet Baby White
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2015 Library White
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - 2014 Orange Muscat
Purgatory Cellars - 2015 Amphora Chardonnay
Kingman Estates Winery - 2015 Viognier
Cottonwood Cellars/The Olathe Winery - 2015 Gewürztraminer
Allis Ranch Winery, LLC - 2015 Roussanne
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2015 Viognier
Talon Winery - 14 Gewürztraminer
Talon Winery - 15 Viognier
Plum Creek Cellars Winery - 2014 Chardonnay
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2015 Moscato
Creekside Cellars - 2015 Gewürztraminer
Creekside Cellars - 2015 Chardonnay
Stone Cottage Cellars - 2015 Gewürztraminer
Bookcliff Vineyards - 2015 Chardonnay
Bookcliff Vineyards - 2015 Viognier
Bookcliff Vineyards - 2015 Friday's Folly
Bookcliff Vineyards - 2015 Riesling
Guy Drew Vineyards - 2014 Dry Riesling
Carlson Vineyards - 2014 Dry Gewürztraminer
Carlson Vineyards - 2014 Riesling
Carlson Vineyards - 2014 Gewürztraminer
Carlson Vineyards - 2015 Sweet Gewürztraminer
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2015 Dry Riesling
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2015 Semi-Sweet Riesling
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2015 Sweet Riesling
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - 2015 Pinot Grigio
Kingman Estates Winery - 2015 Mysterium
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2015 Gewürztraminer
Talon Winery - 14 Chardonnay
Talon Winery - 14 Moscato
Talon Winery - 2014 Wingspan White
Aspen Peak Cellars - 2015 Sauvignon blanc
Aspen Peak Cellars - 2015 Riesling
Plum Creek Cellars Winery - 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
Plum Creek Cellars Winery - 2015 Sauvignon blanc
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2015 No Oak Chardonnay
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2015 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2015 Dry Riesling
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2015 Riesling
Sutcliffe Vineyards - 2015 Sauvignon blanc
Stone Cottage Cellars - 2015 Pinot Gris

Other Varietals

Stoney Mesa Winery - 2012 Muscat Glacier (Dessert)
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - 2012 'Great Kathryn's (Mead)
Creekside Cellars - Rosé
Branch Out Cider - 2012 Perennial Cider
Carlson Vineyards - Cherry
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - Peach
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - Chokecherry
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - Raspberry
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - Blackberry
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - Pomegranate (Fruit Wine)
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - Elderberry
Meadery of the Rockies - King Arthur (Mead)
Meadery of the Rockies - Guinevere (Mead)
Meadery of the Rockies - Peaches 'n Honey (Mead)
Meadery of the Rockies - Strawberries 'n Honey (Mead)
Meadery of the Rockies - Rasberries 'n Honey (Mead)
Meadery of the Rockies - Blackberries 'n Honey (Mead)
Carlson Vineyards - 2012 Prairie Dog Blush (Rosé)
Talon Winery - 2009 Aquila Dessert
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2011 Divinity (Port)
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - Cherry
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - Blueberry
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - Huckleberry
Aspen Peak Cellars - Pomegranate Rouge (Mead)
St. Kathryn Cellars Winery & Gift Shop - NV Lavendar! (flavored Mead)
CO Cellars Winery/Rocky Mtn Vineyards - Golden Nectar (Mead)
Meadery of the Rockies - Blackberry Satin (Mead-Port)
Carlson Vineyards - 2014 Peach
Colorado Cider Company - Grasshop-Ah
Meadery of the Rockies - Apricots 'n Honey (Mead)
Meadery of the Rockies - Blackberry Satin (Mead)
Redstone Meadery - Nectar of the Hops (Mead)
Colorado Cider Company - Glider | Glider Dry | Cherry Glider | Newtown Pippin | Pearsnickety | Ol' Stumpy
Creekside Cellars - 2014 Rosé
Meadery of the Rockies - Guinevere | Peaches 'n Honey | Strawberries 'n Honey | Blackberries 'n Honey | Chocolate Cherry Satin
Redstone Meadery - Traditional Mead | Juniper Berry
St. Kathryn Cellars Winery & Gift Shop - Apple Blossom | Golden Pear | Lavendar | Blueberry Bliss | Cherry | Elderberry | Pomegranate
Carlson Vineyards - 2013 Prairie Dog Blush
Grande River Vineyards - Desert Blush
Redstone Meadery - Black Raspberry Nectar
Rockyspring Winery - 2011 Elderberry
Settembre Cellars - 2014 Rosé
Spero Winery - Plum
St. Kathryn Cellars - Strawberry Rhubarb | Cranberry Kiss
Stem Ciders - 2014 Remedy
Talon Winery - 2013 Rosato | 2009 Aquila Dessert
Two Rivers Winery - 2012 Port
Vino Salida Wine Cellars - 2013 Vino Dulce
Colorado Cider Company - nv Rad'lah Session Cider
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - Spiced Nektar Mead
Redstone Meadery - Passion Fruit Nectar Mead
Meadery of the Rockies - Strawberry Honey Wine
Colorado Cider Company - nv Ol' Stumpy Cider
Stem Ciders - Malice Cider
Purgatory Cellars - 2015 Dessert Cabernet Franc
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - Plum Wine
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - Blueberry Wine
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - Elderberry Wine
St. Kathryn Cellars - Elderberry Wine
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - Golden Nektar Mead
Meadery of the Rockies - Chocolate Cherry Honey
Plum Creek Cellars Winery - nv Palisade Rosé
Red Fox Cellars - 2015 Estate Long Day Rosé
Colorado Cider Company - nv Grasshop'ah
Colorado Cider Company - nv Pearsnickety
Colorado Cider Company - nv Glider Dry
Stem Ciders - Remedy
Stem Ciders - Branch and Bramble
Stem Ciders - L'Acier
Stem Ciders - Whiskey Barrel Aged Apricot
Carlson Vineyards - 2014 Pearadactyl
Carlson Vineyards - 2014 Cherry
Carlson Vineyards - 2015 Peach
Carlson Vineyards - 2015 Plum Wine
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - Peach
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - Chokecherry
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - Raspberry
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - Blackberry
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - Pomegranate
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - Huckleberry
St. Kathryn Cellars - Blueberry Bliss
St. Kathryn Cellars - Strawberry Rhubarb
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - nv Apple Blossom
Redstone Meadery - Nectar of the Hops
Redstone Meadery - Apple Nectar
St. Kathryn Cellars - Lavender
St. Kathryn Cellars - Sweet Scarlet
Meadery of the Rockies - Apricot Honey Wine
Meadery of the Rockies - Blackberry Honey Wine
Meadery of the Rockies - Cherry Honey Wine
Meadery of the Rockies - Chocolate Raspberry Honey
Meadery of the Rockies - Honey Shere
Meadery of the Rockies - Lightly Sweet Honey
Meadery of the Rockies - Medium Sweet Honey
Meadery of the Rockies - Sweet Honey
Meadery of the Rockies - Raspberry Honey Wine
Carlson Vineyards - 2014 Lemberger
Carlson Vineyards - 2014 Prairie Dog Blush
Cottonwood Cellars/The Olathe Winery - 2015 White Pinot Noir
Talon Winery - 2014 Rosato
Creekside Cellars - 2015 Rosé
Stem Ciders - Le Chene
Stem Ciders - Crabby Neighbor
Stem Ciders - Pommeau
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - 2013 Port
Purgatory Cellars - 2015 Dessert Cabernet Sauvignon
Aspen Peak Cellars - nv Mocha Zinsation
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2015 Zero Below Late-Harvest Chardonnay
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2013 Divinity Port-style Merlot
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - Cherry
St. Kathryn Cellars - Apple Blosson
St. Kathryn Cellars - Cranberry Kiss
St. Kathryn Cellars - Golden Pear
St. Kathryn Cellars - Peach Passion
St. Kathryn Cellars - Pomegranate
Redstone Meadery - Black Raspberry Nectar
Meadery of the Rockies - Peach Honey Wine
Hunters Moon Meadery - Earl Greg
Hunters Moon Meadery - Kim's Clove
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds - 2014 Alpenrose
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2015 White Merlot
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2015 Mesa Rosé
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2015 Wild Cañon Harvest
Olathe Winery - 2013 White Lemberger

Judging Criteria

All Wine-Ratings are determined by  a unique 10-point scale –
in conjunction with the judges’ consensus for determining the winning medals.

Numerical ratings are only used to determine a wine’s advancement to the sweepstakes round –
in which the twelve constituents of the Governor’s Cup Case are selected.

The 10-point scale is not equatable to the 100-pt or the 20-pt scales –
all medals will be decided during the preliminary round; however, a wine may improve
its medal in the Sweepstakes round if the entire group of judges decide to do so.
Judges will be assembled into 4 panels of 4 individuals.

 

*Final medals are contingent upon all medal votes


Medal Award Rules

Double Gold  (4 gold votes in Preliminary round or 2/3 of all judges in Sweepstakes)
Double Gold (4 gold votes in Preliminary round or 2/3 of all judges in Sweepstakes)
Gold  (3 gold votes*)
Gold (3 gold votes*)
Silver (3 or more silver or gold votes*)
Silver (3 or more silver or gold votes*)
Bronze (4 medal votes)
Bronze (4 medal votes)

Tasting Notes & Point Value

Gold Medal

A Gold Medal denotes wines that exemplify their varietal character, terroir or stylistic expression in such a way that makes them memorable and desirable

  • Wines that you would not only recommend, but seek out and purchase
  • Regardless of personal preference, exemplifies how the variety, style, or terroir is supposed to taste like
Silver Medal

A Silver Medal denotes a wine with special qualities

  • Distinctive (unique) qualities
  • Character that would cause you to recommend or purchase this wine
Bronze Medal

A Bronze Medal denotes a well-made wine –

  • Good, solid quality
  • Would recommend to others and be happy to drink yourself
No Medal (2 or more 'no medal' votes)

A wine given No Medal may be drinkable, but with little distinction beyond being sound wine –

  • Most likely an undrinkable wine that has flaws or faults present,
  • Does not exhibit proper varietal character, or is of discernible stylistic character
  • You would not purchase, nor recommend this wine to others

Wine Rating Scale

10: GOLD + (plus)
Shows exceptional depth and drinkability beyond any other wine in the competition; a world-class wine.
9: GOLD – (minus)
Shows exceptional depth and drinkability beyond Silver Medal wines; amongst the best in Colorado.
8: SILVER + (plus)
Shows depth and drinkability well above accepted industry standards.
7: SILVER – (minus)
Shows depth and drinkability beyond accepted industry standards.
6: BRONZE + (plus)
No significant flaws or faults; drinkability above accepted industry standards.
5: BRONZE – (minus)
No significant flaws or faults; drinkability at or above accepted industry standards.
4 or less:
Has flaws or faults present; does not exhibit proper varietal character, or has discernible stylistic character (un-drinkable).

The Judges