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Restaurants honored for serving Colorado wines

By Dave Buchanan
The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board annually holds a competition to recognize those restaurants that best promote Colorado wines in three categories: by the glass, by the bottle and best use of Colorado food and wine. This week, Doug Caskey, executive director of the development board, announced the 2007 winners, each of which receives a $1,000 cash prize along with a trophy to display (A trophy? Sure it's an honor but display where? Between the salt and pepper at some table? Wouldn't a tasteful plaque be more fitting for a dining establishment? I mean, these aren't sports bars). Best Colorado Wine List by the Bottle: Juicy Lucy's Steakhouse, Glenwood Springs Best Colorado Wine List by the Glass: Mercury Café, Denver Best Use of Colorado Food and Wine: Restaurant SIX89, Carbondale “All three of these restaurants have supported Colorado wines for many years,” said Caskey, whose group is the leading voice of Colorado wine industry. “They’ve also incorporated Colorado-grown ingredients on their menus. It’s a great honor to have such fine restaurants supporting Colorado's agricultural producers." Caskey said the state's wine industry experienced a 19 percent increase in production in 2006, making it the swiftest-growing agricultural sector in the state. This year the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board received twice as many restaurant program applications as they did for last year’s program. “More and more consumers are interested in 'buying local' — and restaurants are, too," Caskey noted. "And they’re discovering how good our home state wines can be.”