Governor’s Cup

THE COLORADO WINE GOVERNOR’S CUP COMPETITION IS THE ONLY STATEWIDE WINE MAKING COMPETITION EXCLUSIVELY FOR COLORADO WINES.

The Judging Event

The Judging Event

The judging event features a panel of sommeliers, chefs, writers and wine experts from around the country.

WHEN:
September 13-15, 2019

WHERE:
Hospitality Learning Center, Metropolitan State University of Denver*

*JUDGING IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Download the rules
and entry form for
the 2019 Governor’s Cup.

The Public Tasting Event

The Public Tasting Event

Colorado Uncorked — a public tasting of the winning wines paired with small bite tasting menus by area chefs.

WHEN:
November 15, 2019

WHERE:
History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway St.
Denver, CO 80203
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About the Competition

The 2019 Governor’s Cup Wine Competition received 251 wine submissions from 43 Colorado wineries – including several new wineries – all of which were judged by a panel of sommeliers, chefs, writers, and wine experts from around the country. The Best of Show winner will be officially announced during the annual Colorado UnCorked Event on November 15, 2019. This event will be the first and only opportunity for the public to try all of the award-winning wines at the same time.

“Our award-winning Colorado wine industry continues to grow and is an important part of our local tourism and agriculture industries,” said Governor Jared Polis. “The wine industry adds nearly $3 billion to Colorado’s economy, supports more than 27,000 jobs, pleases the palates of hundreds of thousands of discerning wine connoisseurs, and is responsible for over $100 million in tourist spending annually.”

“Overall, the scope of wines entered this year provided a great snapshot of the incoming paradigm shift in the quality of Colorado wine,” said Clara Klein, Sommelier for Frasca. “Wineries have hit home with several varieties, such as Riesling, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. All of which, when treated with a deft hand, thrive in the continental mountainous climate of Colorado. No longer just a region to have on one’s radar, but rather on the table.”

2019 Governor's Cup Collection

Colorado’s best wines of the year, determined by our panel of 16 judges made up of sommeliers, winemakers & wine writers.


2019 GOVERNOR’S CUP COLORADO WINE COMPETITION MEDAL LIST


Bonacquisti Wine Company - 2018 Tempranillo
BookCliff Vineyards - 2016 Ensemble
BookCliff Vineyards - 2016 Graciano
Colterris Winery - 2017 Petit Verdot
Plum Creek Winery - 2016 Cabernet Franc
Qutori Wines - 2017 Syrah
Red Fox Cellars - 2017 Nebbiolo
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2016 Petite Sirah
Carlson Vineyards - 2018 NSFW White
Storm Cellar - 2018 Dry Riesling
Storm Cellar - 2018 Riesling
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2018 Moscato
Vino Salida - NV Vermouth Rosso
Carlson Vineyards - Cherry
Avant Vineyards - 2017 Cabernet Franc
BookCliff Vineyards - 2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve
Carboy Winery - 2017 Cabernet Franc
Carlson Vineyards - 2017 Sweet Baby Red
Colterris Winery - 2016 "Estate Selection, Riverside Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon
Colterris Winery - 2017 "Estate Selection, Scott's Vineyard" Malbec
Colterris Winery - 2017 COLORADEAUX
Creekside Cellars - 2014 Petit Verdot
Grande River Vineyards - 2016 Syrah
Red Fox Cellars - 2016 Dolcetto
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2017 Eleve
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2017 Sebastien's Reserve
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2017 Vintner's Reserve
Wild Mountain Cellars - 2018 Petite Sirah
Carboy Winery - 2018 Viognier
Plum Creek Winery - 2017 Sauvignon blanc
Colterris Winery - 2018 CORAL
Continental Divide Winery - 2018 Haulin' Ass Rose
Storm Cellar - 2018 Rose of Pinot Gris
Storm Cellar - 2018 Rose of Pinot Noir
Annapurna Mead Co. - For the Love of Ginger
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - NV Ruby Classico V
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2018 Zero Below
Allis Ranch Winery - 2015 Two Husky Syrah
Bonacquisti Wine Company - 2018 Rosso di Colorado
Bonacquisti Wine Company - NV Vinny No Neck
BookCliff Vineyards - 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
BookCliff Vineyards - 2016 Cadenza
BookCliff Vineyards - 2016 Petit Verdot
BookCliff Vineyards - 2016 Syrah
BookCliff Vineyards - 2017 Tempranillo
Buckel Family Wine - 2017 Cabernet Franc
Carboy Winery - 2018 Cabernet Franc
Carboy Winery - 2017 Tempranillo
Carlson Vineyards - 2017 High Desert Wine Lab (exodus)
Carlson Vineyards - 2017 NSFW Red
Carlson Vineyards - 2017 Terra
Carlson Vineyards - 2017 Tyrannosaurus Red
Colterris Winery - 2017 "Estate Selection, Cliffside Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon
Colterris Winery - 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Colterris Winery - 2017 Malbec
Continental Divide Winery - 2014 Merlot
Creekside Cellars - 2016 Malbec
Creekside Cellars - 2015 Robusto
Deep Roots Winery - 2016 Barbera
Deep Roots Winery - 2016 Malbec
Deep Roots Winery - 2017 Petit Verdot
Fox Fire Fams - 2017 Petite Pearl
Garrett Estate Cellars - 2015 Pinot Noir
Grande River Vineyards - 2017 Merlot
Grande River Vineyards - 2015 Reserve Petit Verdot
Kingman Estates Winery - 2013 Karen's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Kingman Estates Winery - 2016 Maverick
Kingman Estates Winery - 2016 Zinfandel
Mesa Park Vineyards - NV Barn Owl Red
Mesa Park Vineyards - 2016 Family Reserve Red
Peachfork - 2018 Chambourcin
Peachfork - 2018 Noiret
Plum Creek Winery - 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Purgatory Cellars - 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Purgatory Cellars - 2017 Moscato Black
Qutori Wines - 2017 Estate Pinot Noir
Qutori Wines - 2017 Pinot Noir Reserve
Red Fox Cellars - 2015 Bella Palizziata
Red Fox Cellars - 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Fox Cellars - 2016 Cabernet Franc
Red Fox Cellars - 2016 Tempranillo
Restoration Vineyards - 2016 Barbera
Sette Dolori Winery - 2018 Old Vine Red Zinfandel
Sette Dolori Winery - 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2017 Mourvedre
Stone Cottage Cellars - 2015 Pinot Noir
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey - 2016 Merlot
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2017 Cabernet Franc
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2016 Chambourcin
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2017 Malbec
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2017 Merlot
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2017 Petite Pearl
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2017 Syrah
Two Rivers Winery - 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinnie Fera - 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Vino Salida - NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Vino Salida - NV Vino Rosso di Salida
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2017 Cabernet Franc
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2017 Shiraz
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2017 St. Vincent
Wild Mountain Cellars - 2018 Matt's Secret Stash
Wild Mountain Cellars - 2018 Perfect Line
Wild Mountain Cellars - 2018 Super Tuscan
BookCliff Vineyards - 2018 Riesling
BookCliff Vineyards - 2018 Viognier
Carboy Winery - 2018 Albariño
Carboy Winery - 2018 Blan.CO
Carlson Vineyards - 2017 Laughing Cat Gewurztraminer
Carlson Vineyards - 2017 Laughing Cat Riesling
Carlson Vineyards - 2017 Sweet Baby White
Carlson Vineyards - 2017 White Light Riesling
Colterris Winery - 2018 Sauvignon blanc
Continental Divide Winery - 2018 Albariño
Continental Divide Winery - 2017 Chardonnay
Continental Divide Winery - 2018 Gewurztraminer
Creekside Cellars - 2017 Chardonnay
Fox Fire Fams - 2018 Brianna
Garrett Estate Cellars - 2017 Pinot Gris
Ladron Cellars - 2017 Evidence
Mesa Park Vineyards - 2018 Riesling
Peachfork - 2018 Traminette
Purgatory Cellars - 2017 Riesling
Qutori Wines - 2018 Chardonnay
Restoration Vineyards - 2018 Sauvignon blanc
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2018 Dry Riesling
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2017 Roussanne
Stone Cottage Cellars - 2018 Pinot Gris
Storm Cellar - 2018 Chardonnay
Storm Cellar - 2018 Riesling Reserve
Storm Cellar - 2018 Sauvignon blanc
Vinnie Fera - 2016 Chardonnay
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2018 Barrel Select Chardonnay
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2018 No Oak Chardonnay
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2018 Riesling
Carboy Winery - 2018 89%Tempranillo/7%Malbec/4%CabFranc
Carlson Vineyards - 2018 Sweet Baby Blush
Colterris Winery - 2018 LIVID
Continental Divide Winery - 2018 Wildflower Rose
Infinite Monkey Theorem - 2018 rose
K and A Wines - 2018 Rose of Syrah
Two Rivers Winery - 2018 Tulip Rose
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2018 Dry Rose of St Vincent
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2018 Rose
Evergood Elixirs - Switch Stance
Annapurna Mead Co. - Cherry Bee Dazzled
Annapurna Mead Co. - Sauvage Mead Blanc
Redstone Meadery - Passion Fruit Nectar
Redstone Meadery - Vanilla bean & cinnamon stick mountain honey wine
Apple Valley Cider CO - Apple
Apple Valley Cider CO - Cherry
Carlson Vineyards - Peach
Peachfork - 2018 Peach
Avant Vineyards - 2017 Sangiovese
Bigsby's Folly Craft Winery - 2017 Rino Arts District Red Blend
Bigsby's Folly Craft Winery - 2017 Zinfandel
BookCliff Vineyards - 2016 Cabernet Franc Reserve
BookCliff Vineyards - 2017 Malbec Reserve
Carboy Winery - 2018 Malbec
Carboy Winery - 2017 Petite Pearl
Colterris Winery - 2017 "Estate Selection, Riverside Vineyard" Petit Verdot
Colterris Winery - 2017 Merlot
Creekside Cellars - 2016 Syrah
Deep Roots Winery - 2016 Meritage
Deep Roots Winery - 2016 Pinot Noir
Fox Fire Fams - 2017 Marquette
Garrett Estate Cellars - 2016 Pinot Noir
Grande River Vineyards - 2016 Meritage Red
Grande River Vineyards - 2016 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Kingman Estates Winery - 2017 Cabernet Franc
Kingman Estates Winery - 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Kingman Estates Winery - 2015 Karen's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Kingman Estates Winery - 2013 Karen's Reserve Merlot
Kingman Estates Winery - 2014 Kingman Cuvee
Plum Creek Winery - 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Plum Creek Winery - 2017 Petit Verdot
Qutori Wines - 2017 Pinot Noir
Red Fox Cellars - NV 44 Red Blend
Red Fox Cellars - 2015 Barbera
Restoration Vineyards - 2015 Cabernet Franc
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2016 Petit Verdot
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2017 Tempranillo
Two Rivers Winery - 2017 Syrah
Two Rivers Winery - 2016 Vintner's Blend
Vinnie Fera - 2016 Hogback Pinot Noir
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2017 Ethereal
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2017 Merlot
Bigsby's Folly Craft Winery - 2018 Riesling
BookCliff Vineyards - 2018 Chardonnay
Buckel Family Wine - 2018 Sauvignon blanc
Carlson Vineyards - 2018 Chardonnay
Carlson Vineyards - 2018 Gewurztraminer (Dry)
Carlson Vineyards - 2017 Sweet Gewurztraminer
Colterris Winery - 2018 Chardonnay
Creekside Cellars - 2017 Roussanne
Deep Roots Winery - 2016 Dry Riesling
Deep Roots Winery - 2018 Gewürztraminer
Garrett Estate Cellars - 2017 Chardonnay
Garrett Estate Cellars - 2015 Gewurztraminer
Grande River Vineyards - 2016 Sauvignon blanc
Infinite Monkey Theorem - 2018 Sauvignon blanc and Semillon
Kingman Estates Winery - 2017 Chardonnay
Kingman Estates Winery - 2016 Viognier
Peachfork - 2018 Riesling
Plum Creek Winery - 2016 Chardonnay
Restoration Vineyards - 2018 Semillon
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2018 Gewurztraminer
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2018 Semi-Sweet Riesling
Stone Cottage Cellars - 2017 Gewurztraminer
Turquoise Mesa Winery - 2018 Chardonnay
Two Rivers Winery - 2016 Chardonnay
Whitewater Hill Vineyards - 2018 Gewurztraminer
Infinite Monkey Theorem - 2015 Sparkling
Mesa Park Vineyards - 2018 Rose
Peachfork - 2017 Chambourcin Rose
Snowy Peaks Winery - 2018 Oso Rose
Redstone Meadery - Black & Blue Mountain Honey Wine
Redstone Meadery - Rose Nectar
Vino Salida - NV Bee Vino
Apple Valley Cider CO - Black Currant
Two Rivers Winery - 2015 port

Download Previous Years' Winners:

2018 Winners 2017 Winners 2016 Winners 2015 Winners 2014 Winners

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

Gary Awdey

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

President, Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association

Wayne Belding

2018

Master Sommelier. Author of "Diving into Wine."

Jay Bileti

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Wine writer and experienced wine judge

Roberta Backlund

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Certified Colorado Wine Specialist and second level Sommelier

Joel Butler

2018

1st U.S. resident Master of Wine. In early 2015, Joel purchased World of Wines in Redmond, WA; a wine merchant/winebar

Taylor Courey

2018

Taylor D. Courey is associate wine buyer at Coaltrain Wine & Spirits, a fine wine, beer and liquor purveyor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Doug Frost

2018, 2017

One of only four people in the world to have achieved both Master Sommelier and Master of Wine distinctions. He is the founder and director of the Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition.

Ryan Gerni

2018

Wine buyer for Davidon’s Liquors.

Ashley Hausman

2018, 2015

Colorado's first and only Master of Wine.

Daniel Pucci

2018

Co-founder of Wallabout Hospitality and former beverage manager of Wassail, New York City’s first cider bar.

Jeff Siegel

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Co-founder and former president of Drink Local Wine, and nationally known wine writer whose blog is one of the top 100 wine sites in the world.

Andrew Stover

2018, 2016, 2015

Founder of Vino50, and Certified Sommelier with the International Sommelier Guild

Dave Tewksbury

2018, 2015

He served a total of 12 years as a member of the Wine Board appointed by three different Colorado Governors. In 2008, Dave was voted Chairman of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board.

Jackie Thompson

2018

Jackie was the winemaker and co-owner of Boulder Creek Winery from 2003-2016. Boulder Creek Winery earned a Best of Show for the 2009 Riesling in the 2010 Governor's Cup Competition as well as earning a Governor's Cup Case inclusion for the 2012 Syrah.

Warren Winiarski

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Award-winning winemaker and inductee of the California Vintners Hall of Fame at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

Dr. Michael Wray

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Professor of Restaurant Management at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Sommelier Diploma with the International Sommelier Guild, Certified Culinary Instructor, Certified Wine Specialist with the Society of Wine Educators, and Master Certified Food Service Executive.

Alder Yarrow

2018, 2016

Writer and columnist, “The Wine World’s Brightest Cyberstar” - San Francisco Magazine

Dave Buchanan

2017, 2016, 2015

Wine writer for national and regional newspapers, online publications and personal blog, Wineopeners

Shawn Carney

2017, 2016

Co-founder and cidermaker at Blossomwood Cidery

Denise Clarke

2016

Owner, DC Communications, certified sommelier, certified specialist of wine, and a certified specialist of spirits

Mike Dunne

2016

Retired food editor, restaurant critic and wine columnist of The Sacramento Bee in Northern California

Glenn Exline

2017, 2016, 2015

Judge Director of the Mazer Cup International Mead Competition

Sarah Latham Moore

2016, 2015

Certified with the Master Court of Sommeliers, and on-premise sales rep for Baroness Wines.

Linda Murhpy

2015

Sonoma County-based wine/food/travel writer and author of the book American Wine with Jancis Robinson.

Cindy OnkenGlimm

2016

Affiliate Professor with Metropolitan State University of Denver, specializing in Wine, Beer, Food and Events.

Becca Yeamans-Irwin

2016

Award-winning wine writer specializing in the science of all things related to wine.