Last year, I had the pleasure of joining a small group to the Western Slope of Colorado and visiting wineries and trying hundreds of different wines right from our state. When it comes to local, wine in Colorado is one of the last pieces to be adopted or understood (especially in my mind). This particular experience was in conjunction with the DrinkLocalWine Conference and it completely changed my viewpoint of our Colorado wine.
For instance, id you know there are close to 100 wineries in Colorado and Colorado wine is a $42 million industry? It’s no small feat.
Colorado Wine Week:
This year, I’m excited to be attending and covering Colorado Wine Week. And really, it’s a statewide affair! in 2011, Governor John Hickenlooper declared the first week of June to be “Colorado Wine Week” to coincide with Colorado Urban Winefest.
A few years later, it’s a full week with wine specials throughout Denver/Boulder restaurants, special events and of course the Colorado Urban Winefest.
Here are some fun options throughout the week that you may want to partake in:
Farm to Turntable, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. June 2 at The Universal
This event will pair inspired farm cuisine with Colorado wines and music from the legendary Steve French.
Colorado Wine Cocktail Celebration, 4:30-6:30 p.m. June 4 at Green Russell
Six top bartenders will create terrior inspired cocktails in this second annual (friendly) competition.
Colorado Urban Winefest presented by Westminster Total Beverage, 1-6 p.m. June 8 at Infinity Park
More than three dozen Colorado wineries will serve a variety of artisan wines at the third annual event’s new venue, Infinity Park. We’ll have a chef demo stage with top chefs creating unique wine-paired snacks, live music, wine education and more.
There are more than 20 top restaurants signed up to provide unique small plates and Colorado wine pairings for $20 or less throughout the week. The roster includes Mizuna, The Squeaky Bean and Row 14.
If you’re interested in purchasing tickets to these events or learning more about the schedule follow this link.
Extra information: If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Colorado wine and how it has come to me, check out this post.