Canyon Wind Cellars takes home the cup

Now it’s Jay and Jennifer Christianson’s turn to hoist the cup.

The Christiansons own Canyon Wind Cellars in Palisade, and their 2012 Petit Verdot took home Best of Show at the annual Governor’s Cup wine competition in April, an honor that comes with a cup that is passed from the previous year’s winner. In what has become an annual rite of passage in the Colorado Wine industry, expect Jay or Jennifer to pour a bottle of the Petit Verdot into the cup and drink it at the public unveiling, The Governor’s Cup Wine Mixer as part of the 4th annual Colorado Wine Week presented by Alpine Bank.

“I am a little worried about drinking wine out of the Governor’s Cup,” says Jay. “This Petit Verdot is so dark that we might stain it forever.”

Good point. Petit Verdot is a unique grape, often just a small percentage of a French Bordeaux added for its deep color. In small vineyards throughout the Western Slope, it grows with balanced flavors to produce a deep and sophisticated flavors. Canyon Wind has long produced one of the top versions of it in the state — and now it’s simply the best wine on Colorado’s shelves today.

Experience it and the best in Colorado wine at the the Governor’s Cup Wine Mixer, 6 p.m. on June 6 at Hyatt Place Cherry Creek (get a $129 room!), the day before Colorado Urban Winefest.

The Winners:

Best Red Wine and Best of Show
Canyon Wind Cellars, Palisade, CO: 2012 Petit Verdot, Grand Valley AVA

Best White Wine
Boulder Creek Winery, Boulder, CO: 2013 Riesling, Colorado

Best Rosé
Creekside Cellars, Evergreen, CO: 2013 Rosé, Grand Valley AVA

Best Dessert Wine
Ptarmigan Vineyards, Grand Junction, CO: 2012 Muscat Glacier, Colorado

Best Fruit Wine or Cider
Branch Out Cider, Fort Collins, CO: Perennial Sparkling Dry Cider, Colorado

Best Mead
Rocky Mountain Vineyards, Palisade, CO: Great Catherine’s Spiced Nectar Mead

Taste the winners:

The Governor’s Cup Wine Mixer is June 6 at Hyatt Place Cherry Creek. It offers a chance to meet the winning winemakers and sample the best in local wine on the shelves today. Tickets are $25 and include wine and snacks.