Last month, at the DrinkLocalWine Conference in Denver, Local Winos Media debuted a fun video of Oskar Blues Brewing founder, Dale Katechis, comparing his canned craft beer revolution to the booming wine business in Colorado. Katechis noted that members of the craft beer industry thought that he was “bat s*** crazy” when he decided to put good beer in a can—the same thought that Katechis had when he heard that people were trying to make good wine in Colorado.
Turns out, everyone was wrong.
Katechis built a brewing empire out of putting good beer in a can, and Colorado wineries are pumping out more and more popular wine each year.
The 2nd Annual Colorado Urban Winefest is a celebration of the bat s*** crazy people and wineries that are behind the amazing wine coming from our fair state.
As part of Colorado Wine Week, the Colorado Urban Winefest runs from noon – 6 p.m. on June 9th at the Denver Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $51.90 per person and include wine tastings, food for purchase by a slew of local food trucks, educational seminars and much more.
If you haven’t already purchased your tickets for this event—I, because I care about you, have put together five reasons to encourage you to get it in gear and make your reservation for this event today!
5 Boulder County Wineries Will Be There
Five of BoCo’s very own wineries will be serving up tastings of their popular wines at the Urban Winefest. Now I’ve attempted to hit five Boulder County wineries in one day, which sounds fairly easy but is definitely a logistical challenge. So make it easy on yourself and try wines from Redstone Meadery, Augustina’s Winery, Bookcliff Vineyards, Boulder Creek Winery and Settembre Cellars all in the same venue, on the same day. You’ll be glad you did.
It’s for a Good Cause
I’m all about events that involve drinking for a good cause. Proceeds for this event support Colorado Winemakers and grape growers through education and research. Find out more about CAVE, the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology here.
Keeping it Local
Move over Napa Valley, Colorado’s coming in hot! More and more sections dedicated to Colorado wines are popping up in liquor stores, a sure sign that Colorado folks are doing their part to support local. Show up and show your support for local businesses—they’ll be very happy you did.
It’ll Get You out of the Boulder County Bubble
Boulder County folks have all been guilty at one point or another of becoming too attached to the Boulder County bubble. Here’s your chance to venture into the big city and fill your quota for Denver trips for the month. That way, next time your Denver friends ask you to name the last time you actually made a trip to Denver, you’ll have an actual comeback.
Click here for a complete list of participating Colorado wineries.