Grand Valley wines judged most fine

Wines from three Grand Valley wineries will be served at an event celebrating the latest winners of the Governor’s Cup wine competition.

Canyon Wind Cellars in Palisade tied for the best of show award for its 2013 Anemoi Lips and also was among the top 12 scoring wines with its 2013 Petite Verdot.

Whitewater Hill Vineyards in Grand Junction also made one the top 12 wines selected for the Governor’s Cup “case” with its 2014 Sweetheart Red.

Seven of the top 12 wines were made with grapes grown in the Grand Valley American Viticultural Area.

Carlson Vineyards in Palisade was among the four winners in a separate “niche” competition for its peach wine.

The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board has scheduled a tasting event for the 16 Governor’s Cup winners for Aug. 1 at the History Colorado Center in Denver.

The 2015 competition attracted a total of 241 entries from 37 Colorado wineries and was judged by a panel of sommeliers, winemakers, writers and wine experts from around the country.

“I think the wines this year show great balance and wonderful winemaking skills,” said Warren Winiarski, a winemaker and judge.

Doug Caskey, executive director of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, agreed. “Each year the judges continue to note the rise in quality of Colorado wines, and this year was no exception. The wines show the world-class nature of Colorado wines, and we cant wait to share them with Colorado’s wine lovers.”

Canyon Wind Cellars tied for the best of show award with Turquoise Mesa Winery and its 2013 Syrah.

“I’m excited to hear that our 2013 Anemoi Lips won best of show,” said Jay Christianson, owner and winemaker at Canyon Wind Cellars. “We’re quite humbled that one of our wines has been awarded best of show two years in a row.”

Canyon Wind won best of show in the 2014 Governor’s Cup for its 2012 Petite Verdot.

Norman and Ellen Christianson founded Canyon Wind Cellars in 1991 and crushed their first harvest in 1996. Their son, Jay, took over the operation in 2010 along with his wife, Jennifer. They created a second brand, Anemoi Wines, in 2011.

Turquoise Mesa Winery also had a second wine among the top 12 with its 2013 Colorado Crimson, a Rhone-style blend. The winery is based in Broomfield, but uses mostly Colorado-grown grapes from the Western Slope to produce hand-crafted wines. “We have always been proud of the quality of our wines, which means that the grape industry is outstanding in Colorado,” said Tom Bueb, owner of the winery along with his wife, Mary Joan Bueb.