Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Colorado's Wine Industry Enters a Higher State at The Wine Cellar Insider

A few weeks ago, I was approached by Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider to write a story about Colorado's burgeoning wine industry. Jeff's focus is on reviewing Bordeaux, though he does dabble in Rhône and California wines. The Wine Cellar Insider also publishes outside material about wine to give other wine regions more coverage. While I was not paid as a contributor, I thought that this was a good opportunity to promote the wonderful wines of our state (and perhaps myself a bit...). Below is a tease of the article:

Colorado has a long history in the wine industry. Grapevines were first planted in Colorado in the late 1800s. The industry was growing steadily until 1916. That was the year the Colorado General Assembly passed a state prohibition law. Things went from bad to worse. Even with the repeal of the 18th Amendment in 1933, it took until 1968 for Colorado’s first modern commercial winery to open in Denver, Ivanice Winery.

Ivanice Winery initially used grapes bought from California to make wine. With time, founder Gerald Ivancie convinced growers in the Grand Valley around the towns of Grand Junction and Palisade to plant their own grape vines. Ivancie Winery closed their doors in 1974. They are looked back on as the catalyst behind the modern Colorado wine industry.

Continue reading here.


  1. This is a good opportunity for Colorado to improve their standing in the wine industry. I wish them all the best.

  2. I agree, if you could deliver some of your finest spirits on a couple of events, it would definitely be a solid start. First impressions last.

  3. I haven't actually tried Colorado wine. I'm very interested to try one if ever I come across it though.