Vintage entries earn awards in fair competition

A 2007 reserve cabernet franc produced by Grande River Vineyards in Palisade won a gold medal and the best of show award in a commercial wine competition conducted as part of the Mesa County Fair.

Whitewater Hill Vineyards in Grand Junction received medals for 10 wines and was named best overall winery. Wines produced by Carlson Vineyards, Mesa Park Vineyards and Talon Winery, all located in the Grand Valley, earned gold medals.

“This year’s gold medal winners are truly excellent, world-class wines,” said Steve Aquafresca, a Mesa County Commissioner who also served on the panel of judges. “We are fortunate to have artisan winemakers in our ranks that can produce such works of art.”

“I cannot tell you how pleased I am that our best of show wine is one of the flagship wines that our industry is becoming increasingly known for — and will undoubtedly bring more fame and followers to Colorado wine,” Aquafresca added.

The competition, now in its third year, attracted 66 entries from among commercial winemakers in Colorado. To be eligible for the event, wines had to be available for sale and 75 percent or more of their ingredients had to be grown in Mesa County.