Jefferson Cup Invitational, Colorado’s Wineries

For Immediate Release

November 29, 2012


Kansas City, Missouri –  Five Colorado wineries earned a total of EIGHTEEN medals from the thirteenth annual Jefferson Cup Invitational, the only competition 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; the 2012 competition included wines from twenty-three states. .


The two-day competition culminated with the awarding of TWENTY-NINE Jefferson Cup Awards on November 18th. Jefferson Cups were awarded 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 in the center portion 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 were invited and garnered awards were Anemoi, Boulder Creek Winery, Canyon Wind Cellars and The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.


The Jefferson Cup Invitational is a thirteen-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,” says Frost, “California represents 90% of the entries. As a result it usually captures 90% of the honors.” Together with fifty other wines nominated for (but not awarded) the Jefferson Cup, these twenty-nine 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,” said Frost.


“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.



About the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board


The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board (CWIDB) is an agency of the Colorado Department of Agriculture dedicated to promoting and furthering the development of Colorado’s grape growers and vintners. The CWIDB supports the efforts of more than 100 wineries throughout the state, producing an increasing array of premium-quality wines.


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