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 7-9, 2018

WHERE:
Hospitality Learning Center, Metropolitan State University of Denver*
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*JUDGING IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

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 8th, 2018

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

The competition includes 325 wines from 35 local wineries, all of which are judged by a panel of sommeliers, chefs, writers, and wine experts from around the country.

2018 Governor's Cup Collection

2018 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.


2018 GOVERNOR’S CUP COLORADO WINE COMPETITION MEDAL LIST


Bookcliff Vineyards – 2015 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Bookcliff Vineyards – 2016 Tempranillo
Colterris – 2016 Estate Selection / Riverside Vineyard Merlot
Colterris – 2016 Petit Verdot
Red Fox Cellars – 2016 Teroldego
Snowy Peaks Winery 2016 – Élevé, Rhone-style blend
The Infinite Monkey Theorem – 2016 Cabernet Franc
Whitewater Hill Vineyards – 2017 Riesling
Carlson Vineyards – 2016 Plum
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 1999 Port
Colterris – 2017 “Coral” White Cabernet Sauvignon
Bookcliff Vineyards – 2015 Merlot
Bookcliff Vineyards – 2016 Ensemble
Carboy Winery – 2016 Pinot Noir
Carboy Winery – State Line Meritage
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 1981 Cabernet Sauvignon
Creekside Cellars – 2015 Robusto
Monkshood Cellars – 2016 Syrah
Red Fox Cellars – 2016 Nebbiolo
Carlson Vineyards – 2017 Sweet Gewürztraminer
Whitewater Hill Vineyards – 2017 No Oak Chardonnay
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – Blueberry
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – Elderberry
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – Huckleberry
St. Kathryn Cellars – Cranberry
St. Kathryn Cellars – Golden Pear
Two Swedes Glogg – Glögg
Whitewater Hill Vineyards – Ruby Classico IV
Continental Divide Winery – 2016 Zinfandel
Avant Vineyards – 2015 Malbec
Bonacquisti Wine Company – 2017 Rosso di Colorado
Bonacquisti Wine Company – Sunnyside Red
Bookcliff Vineyards – 2015 Ensemble
Bookcliff Vineyards – 2015 Syrah
Bookcliff Vineyards – 2016 Cabernet Franc
Bookcliff Vineyards – 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bookcliff Vineyards – 2016 Graciano
Bookcliff Vineyards – 2016 Malbec
Bookcliff Vineyards – 2016 Reserve Malbec
Buckel Family Wine – 2015 Red
Carboy Winery – 2017 Cabernet Franc
Carboy Winery – 2017 Genesis
Carlson Vineyards – 2016 NSFW Red
Carlson Vineyards – 2016 Terra
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 1988 Cabernet Sauvignon
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 1994 Merlot
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 2015 Merlot
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 2016 Roadkill Red
Colterris – 2015 “Canterris” Red
Colterris – 2016 Cabernet Franc
Colterris – 2016 Merlot
Continental Divide Winery – 2016 Merlot
Creekside Cellars – 2013 Petite Sirah
Creekside Cellars – 2016 Merlot
Fox Fire Farms – 2016 Marquette
Garrett Estate Cellars – 2015 Pheasant Run
Grande River Vineyards – 2015 Meritage Red
Grande River Vineyards – 2016 Merlot
Plum Creek Cellars Winery – 2016 Cabernet Franc
Purgatory Cellars – 2016 Redemption
Purgatory Cellars – 2016 Reserve Merlot
Red Fox Cellars – 2015 Cabernet Franc
Red Fox Cellars – 2015 Tempranillo
Snowy Peaks Winery – 2016 Sebastian’s Reserve
Snowy Peaks Winery – 2016 Syrah
Stone Cottage Cellars – 2015 Merlot
Stoney Mesa Winery – 2014 Merlot
Stoney Mesa Winery – 2015 Pinot Noir
Turquoise Mesa Winery – 2016 Cabernet Franc
Turquoise Mesa Winery – 2016 Colorado Crimson
Turquoise Mesa Winery – 2016 Merlot
Turquoise Mesa Winery – 2016 Petit Verdot
Turquoise Mesa Winery – 2016 Petite Sirah
Turquoise Mesa Winery – 2016 TMW Reserve
Two Rivers Winery – 2015 Vintner's Blend
Vino Colorado Winery – 2016 Pinot Noir
Vino Colorado Winery – 2017 Redemption Red
Vino Colorado Winery – 2017 Tempranillo
Whitewater Hill Vineyards – 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Whitewater Hill Vineyards – 2017 Chambercin
Whitewater Hill Vineyards – 2017 Sweetheart Red
Williams Cellars – 2015 Malbec
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – 2015 Revelation, Red Blend
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – 2016 Black Bear, Talbott Farms Vineyards Merlot
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – 2016 Reserve: Black Bear, Talbott Farms Vineyards Merlot
Bigsby's Folly Craft Winery – 2016 White RiNo
Bookcliff Vineyards – 2017 Chardonnay
Bookcliff Vineyards – 2017 Riesling
Carboy Winery – 2017 Albariño
Carboy Winery – 2017 Chardonnay
Carboy Winery – 2017 Pinot Gris
Carlson Vineyards – 2016 Laughing Cat Riesling
Continental Divide Winery – 2017 Symphony
Creekside Cellars – 2016 Riesling
Creekside Cellars – 2016 Roussanne
Creekside Cellars – 2017 Viognier
Garrett Estate Cellars – 2015 Unoaked Chardonnay
Kingman Estates Winery – 2016 Mysterium
Snowy Peaks Winery – 2017 Aromella
Snowy Peaks Winery – 2017 Semi-sweet Riesling
Snowy Peaks Winery – 2017 Sweet Riesling
Snowy Peaks Winery – 2017 Traminette
Stone Cottage Cellars – 2016 Gewürztraminer
Stoney Mesa Winery – 2016 Gewürztraminer
Two Rivers Winery – 2016 Chardonnay
Whitewater Hill Vineyards – 2017 Barrel Select Chardonnay
Whitewater Hill Vineyards – 2017 Moscato
Whitewater Hill Vineyards – 2017 Viognier
Williams Cellars – 2015 Riesling
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – 2016 Scheid Vyd Chardonnay
Apple Valley Cider – Cider with black currant
Carboy Winery – 2017 Rosé
Carlson Vineyards – 2017 NSFW Rosé
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 2016 Eclipse
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – Blackberry
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – Chokecherry
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – Peach
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – Pomegranate
Evergood Elixirs – Snow Bunny
Meadery of the Rockies – Apricot Honey
Meadery of the Rockies – Blackberry Honey
Meadery of the Rockies – Lightly Sweet
Meadery of the Rockies – Raspberry Honey
Meadery of the Rockies – Strawberry Honey
Meadery of the Rockies – Sweet Honey
Purgatory Cellars – 2016 Indulgence Amphora Sparkling
Purgatory Cellars – 2016 Indulgence Sparkling
Red Fox Cellars – 2017 Cidré Bastogne
Redstone Meadery – Black Current Mtn
St. Kathryn Cellars – Apple Blossom
St. Kathryn Cellars – Peach
St. Kathryn Cellars – Sweet Scarlet
Two Rivers Winery – 2015 Port
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – Apple Blossom
Avant Vineyards – 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese
Avant Vineyards – 2016 Tempranillo
Black Arts Cellars – 2015 Le Diable
Bonacquisti Wine Company – Vinny No Neck
Bookcliff Vineyards – 2017 Malbec
Carboy Winery – Vin '59 Red Blend, Claim #2
Carlson Vineyards – 2017 Sweet Baby Red
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 1985 Merlot
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 2016 Colorado Mountain Vyds Red Blend
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 2016 Syrah
Colterris – 2016 Malbec
Continental Divide Winery – 2014 Artists Edition
Creekside Cellars – 2013 Rossa
Creekside Cellars – 2015 Syrah
Creekside Cellars – 2016 Cabernet Franc
Creekside Cellars – 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Creekside Cellars – 2016 Malbec
Creekside Cellars – Rosso
Garfield Estates Vineyard and Winery – 2017 Cabernet Franc
Garrett Estate Cellars – 2012 Estate Red
Garrett Estate Cellars – 2015 Cabernet Franc
Garrett Estate Cellars – 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Grande River Vineyards – 2016 Cabernet Franc
Guy Drew Vineyards – 2015 Baco Noir
Guy Drew Vineyards – 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Guy Drew Vineyards – 2017 Lil’ Mischief
Kingman Estates Winery – 2013 Karen's Reserve Merlot
Kingman Estates Winery – 2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Kingman Estates Winery – 2016 Cabernet Franc
Mesa Park Vineyards – 2016 Cabernet Franc
Plum Creek Cellars Winery – 2016 Petit Verdot
Red Fox Cellars – 2015 Barbera
Red Fox Cellars – 2016 Dolcetto
Snowy Peaks Winery – 2016 Merlot
Snowy Peaks Winery – 2016 Tempranillo
Stone Cottage Cellars – 2017 Syrah
Sutcliffe Vineyards – 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sutcliffe Vineyards – 2015 Hafoty Fawr
Sweet Heart Winery – 2015 Tempranillo
Talon Winery – 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Talon Winery – 2016 Merlot
Talon Winery – 2016 Wingspan Red
Turquoise Mesa Winery – 2016 Syrah
Turquoise Mesa Winery – 2016 Vino Turchese
Two Rivers Winery – 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Two Rivers Winery – 2016 Syrah
Whitewater Hill Vineyards – 2016 Cabernet Franc
Whitewater Hill Vineyards – 2016 Ethereal
Whitewater Hill Vineyards – 2016 Merlot
Whitewater Hill Vineyards – 2016 Syrah
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – 2016 Cabernet Franc
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – 2016 Syrah
Aspen Peak Cellars – 2017 Riesling
Avant Vineyards – 2017 Roussanne
Bigsby's Folly Craft Winery – 2017 Riesling
Carboy Winery – 2017 Viognier
Carlson Vineyards – 2016 Laughing Cat Gewürztraminer
Carlson Vineyards – 2016 Sweet Baby White
Carlson Vineyards – 2018 NSFW White
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 201 Orange Moscato
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 2016 Pinot Gris
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – 2016 Pinot Noir Blanc
Colterris – 2016 “Canterris” White
Colterris – 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Fox Fire Farms – 2017 Brianna
Garrett Estate Cellars – 2010 Dry Riesling
Grande River Vineyards – 2016 Chardonnay
Kingman Estates Winery – 2016 Riesling
Monkshood Cellars – 2017 Chenin Blanc
Plum Creek Cellars Winery – 2016 Riesling
Plum Creek Cellars Winery – 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Snowy Peaks Winery – 2017 Riesling, Dry
Snowy Peaks Winery – 2017 Viognier
Stone Cottage Cellars – 2017 Pinot Gris
Stoney Mesa Winery – 2017 Pinot Gris
Sutcliffe Vineyards – 2016 Chardonnay
Talon Winery – 2016 Viognier
Talon Winery – 2017 Chardonnay
Two Rivers Winery – 2016 Riesling
Whitewater Hill Vineyards – 2017 Dry Riesling
Williams Cellars – 2016 Gewürztraminer
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – 2017 Viognier
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – Riesling
Buckel Family Wine – 2017 Rosé
Carlson Vineyards – 2016 Sweet Baby Blush
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – Cherry
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – Golden Nektar
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – Plum
Colorado Cellars/Rky Mtn Vyds – Spiced Nektar
Colorado Honey Wines – Mead
Colterris – 2016 “Canterris” Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon
Colterris – 2017 Livid Malbec
Creekside Cellars – 2017 Rosé
Grande River Vineyards – 2014 Late Harvest Viognier
Hunters Moon Meadery – Earl Greg
Meadery of the Rockies – Cherry Honey
Meadery of the Rockies – Chocolate Cherry Honey
Meadery of the Rockies – Chocolate Raspberry Honey
Meadery of the Rockies – Honey Sheré
Meadery of the Rockies – Medium Sweet
Meadery of the Rockies – Peach Honey
Plum Creek Cellars Winery – 2016 Palisade Rosé
Purgatory Cellars – 2016 Late Harvest Riesling
Purgatory Cellars – 2016 Riesling Dessert
Queen Bee Brews – 2016 Lindsey Wildflower
Queen Bee Brews – 2017 Vonn-Yay Mistar
Queen Bee Brews– 2016 Martha
Red Fox Cellars – 2016 Mangy Barbera
Red Fox Cellars – 2016 Sparkling Semillon
Red Fox Cellars – 2017 Mangy Peach
Red Fox Cellars – 2018 Roasted Chile Cider
Redstone Meadery – Mountain Honey Wine Barrel-aged mead with raspberry
Redstone Meadery – Passion Fruit Nectar
St. Kathryn Cellars – Blueberry
St. Kathryn Cellars – Cherry
St. Kathryn Cellars – Lavender
St. Kathryn Cellars – Strawberry Rhubarb
Stone Cottage Cellars – 2015 Pinot Noir
Talon Winery – 2014 Aquila Dessert Merlot
Teal Cider – Double Red
The Infinite Monkey Theorem – 2014 Bubbles Universe
Vino Colorado Winery – 2017 Flamenco White
Vino Colorado Winery 2017 – Apple
Vino Colorado Winery 2017 – Pomegranate Red
Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – 2016 Divinity Merlot

Download Previous Years' 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

2016, 2015

President, Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association

Jay Bileti

2016, 2015

Wine writer and experienced wine judge

Roberta Backlund

2016, 2015

Certified Colorado Wine Specialist and second level Sommelier

Dave Buchanan

2016, 2015

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

Shawn Carney

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

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.

Cindy OnkenGlimm

2016

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

Jeff Siegel

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

2016, 2015

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

Warren Winiarski

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

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

2016

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

Becca Yeamans-Irwin

2016

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