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June turned loose with Colorado Wine Week

By Dave Buchanan

The Grand Valley Winery Association wrapped up its annual Barrel into Spring Tasting May 17-18 and the event, again a sell out, is a good segue into June as a Colorado wine month.

Not simply for Colorado wines, although there will be plenty of those, but a great month of exploring explore wines from all over.June is a month for winelovers, beginning with Colorado Wine Week June 1-7

The grape-centric festivities kick off with Colorado Wine Week June 1-7, so declared by Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2011 and this year presented by Alpine Bank. Information and tickets for all the Colorado Wine Week events listed below are available here.

The unofficial start is Saturday with the Manitou Springs Wine Festival  and then Sunday innovative winemaker Ben Parsons and his Infinite Monkey Theorem winery in Denver host the first official event with the Farm-to-Turntable Keg Party.
It's keg wine, music, food and plenty of entertainment in the heart of the vibrant development taking place in Denver's RiNo Art District. Tickets are $25 (plus a $2.24 online registration fee).

From June 1-7, many restaurants along the Front Range are participating in Sips and Snacks, pairing Colorado wines and specially designed small plates for $20 or less.

June 4 sees the Colorado Wine Cocktail Competition at the Green Russell, 1422 Larimer St. in Denver. This contest among some of Denver's top mixologist turns out some inventive and delicious wine-inspired cocktails (the winecolorado.org web site says “terrior-inspired” cocktails, which has the tail wagging the dog) .

Bartender Joe Hines of Williams & Graham has won the prior two contests and is looking for his third.

The much-awaited Governor's Cup Wine Mixer, presented by the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, is 6-9 p.m. June 6 at the Hyatt Place Cherry Creek, 4150 East Mississippi Ave. in Glendale, where the winners of the 2014 Governor's Cup will be introduced with their wines. As are all Colorado Wine Week events, this is open to the public and it's a great time to meet some of your favorite winemakers.

Also, the wines selected for the 2014 Governor's Case will available for tasting, including the 2014 Governor's Cup Best of Show winner, Canyon Wind Cellars 2012 Petit Verdot. Plus you'll get first shot at some of the award-wining wines. Tickets are $25.

The Colorado Urban Winefest is June 7 and again this year is at Infinity Park in Glendale. You'll see more than three dozen Colorado wineries pouring their best wines along with food demos, wine seminars and good times. Plenty of parking. Tickets $40 general admission.

Once you recover from that whirlwind week, the 32nd Food & Wine Classic in Aspen hits Glitter Gulch June 20-12. All weekend tickets are sold out but there still are things to do, wines to taste and celebrities to see. It's worth every penny.

The following week (and the wrap-up to June wine month) is the 33rd Telluride Wine Festival, June 26-29 and this year featuring a new director and new energy. Tickets, schedules and information will be available online here.

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