| Photos |

Photos: The Governor's Cup Honors Colorado's Top Vintners

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Back when John Hickenlooper and his partners founded the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Hickenlooper was insistent that Colorado's first brewpub pronounced its name “WINkoop.” As he would tell anyone who would listen, “After all, we don't produce WINE.” But Colorado definitely does, and its current governor – one John Hickenlooper – is more than happy to tout the industry, and maybe even drink some of the stuff himself.

Last night at the History Colorado Center, Hickenlooper announced the winning wines of the Governor's Cup Wine Competition, selecting twelve bottles scoring high enough with judges to earn a place in the Governor's Cup Case. Six ciders, meads and fruit wines were also recognized for their quality.

The event, presented by the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, included small plates from notable Front Range chefs paired with wine samples for ticket holders. For a complete list of the winners, see the Governor's Cup list on the Colorado Wine website. And for more photos of the event, see Westword's Governor's Cup slideshow.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.