West Slope wineries earn recognition at latest Jefferson Cup competition

Two Western Colorado wineries were among those receiving recognition in the Jefferson Cup Invitational competition.

Canyon Wind Cellars in Palisade received a “great” designation for its 2007 petite verdot and two additional “merits.” Reeder Mesa Vineyards in Whitewater received three “merits.”

Bookcliff Vineyards, a Boulder winery that uses grapes grown near Palisade, won a Jefferson Cup award for its 2009 petite sirah as well as a Jefferson Cup nomination for its 2008 Ensemble, a blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and syrah.

The Jefferson Cup Invitational is an 11-year-old competition founded by Doug Frost, one of only three people to have become a master sommelier and master of wine. A total of more than 600 wines from 21 states were judged in the event.