Denver to host new state winefest in June

Colorado Mountain Winefest is spreading its vines.

The 20-year-old event held each fall in Palisade will have a new sister event in Denver this spring when the Colorado Winefest is held June 10-11 at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton.

The Palisade winefest isn’t going anywhere but the Denver event gives the state’s burgeoning wine industry an opportunity to present its wines in a different setting.

“I think first and foremost this is going to be different kind of event than we have in Palisade,” said Doug Caskey, executive director of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board. “Palisade is more of a destination event while the Denver winefest will have a distinctly urban feel to it.”

Instead of being held in a setting similar to Palisade’s Riverbend Park, the Denver event will be showcased down the main street of the Stapleton shopping area.

Colorado Mountain Winefest director Sarah Catlin, who also is overseeing the Denver show, said 48 wineries already have registered for the June winefest.

“I think that’s an exceptional response to the first year of an event,” Catlin said. “I’m looking forward to having a great synergy between the two events.”

The Colorado Mountain Winefest will celebrate its 20th anniversary Sept. 15-18.

Information on both winefests is available at http://www.coloradowinefest.com.



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