Colorado Wineries Win Big at Invitational

Jefferson Cup gives equal play to American wines beyond California

The Jefferson Cup is an imposing trophy awarded for top American wines.

Five Colorado wineries earned a total of 18 medals from the thirteenth annual Jefferson Cup Invitational, the only competitioof the best among wineries from all of America’s wine regions. Each year Doug Frost, M.S., M.W., selects great wines from across America. Of the wines from 23 states (including California and Washington State) in the 2012 competition, Colorado wineries did really well, winning 18 medals in 29 awards categories during two intense days of competition.n that honors the best of the best among wineries from all of America’s wine regions.

Each year Doug Frost, M.S., M.W., selects great wines from across America. Of the wines from 23 states (including California and Washington State) in the 2012 competition, Colorado wineries did really well. winning 18 medals in 29 awards in two intense days of competition.

The two-day competition culminated with 29 Jefferson Cup Awards, which were given to wines made from both  Vitis vinifera vines (a European species responsible for most famous wines such as Chardonnay and Cabernet) and non-vinifera vines, which flourish in the more extreme climates of the U.S. Colorado was represented in this top category for the fourth year in a row. This year, Bookcliff Vineyards took home their second Jefferson Cup for their 2010 Ensemble.

Other Colorado wineries that garnered awards were Anemoi Wines, Boulder Creek Winery, Canyon Wind Cellars and The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. Anemoi and Canyon Wind are in Palisade. Holy Cross in Cañon City not only makes wonderful wine but is set on the grounds of a historic Benedictine abbey. Bookcliff and Boulder Creek are in Boulder. Click here for a report on my visit to the Boulder Creek Winery last summer.

The Jefferson Cup Invitational is a 13-year-old competition founded by Doug Frost, one of only three individuals in the world to have achieved the titles of Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.  “In most other competitions,” said Frost, “California represents 9 percent of the entries. As a result, it usually captures 90% of the honors.” The Jefferson Cup casts a wider net. Along with 50  other wines nominated for  the Jefferson Cup, these 29 wines represent some of the most compelling wines made in America. “We had a representation of the best of what every quality wine-producing region in the country is offering right now, including improved representation from Washington, Michigan, Virginia and Texas as well as some standout wines from California, New York and Colorado,” Frost added.

“Colorado is thrilled to be recognized for outstanding wines with our fourth Jefferson Cup in a row. Congratulations to Bookcliff Vineyards in Boulder for the top accolade and to our other excellent Colorado wineries that won awards. The prestige of winning top honors in Mr. Frost’s selective competition shows that Colorado’s wineries are among the finest in the country,” said Doug Caskey, the executive director of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board. And thanks to Doug for alerting me to this competition.

2 thoughts on “Colorado Wineries Win Big at Invitational”

  1. Claire did we not see a Jefferson Cup when we visited Boulder Creek Winery? I have just gotten wind of this earlier this year and appreciate you filling out the picture more with this article.

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