Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Reason Number One you should attend The Colorado Mountain Winefest, September 18-21, 2008: It is more than just another wine and cheese event. It is even more than simply a showcase for local foods and appellations. There are dozens of other festivals fitting that bill all over the state.
You should come to Winefest because it is the premier fundraiser for Colorado winemakers and for the trade organization of state grape growers, the Rocky Mountain Association of Vintners & Viticulturists (RMVAA). All Winefest funds go towards education, seminars, research, and equipment purchases to improve the grape growing and winemaking of Colorado wines. If you like Colorado wine, coming to Winefest will literally make it better.
2007's funds went towards hiring a state enologist, or a scientist who studies all aspects of wine making.
According to a RMAVV press release, the proceeds from last year’s event supported the hiring of Dr. Steve Menke, the new Colorado resident enologist. Menke currently researches the unique characteristics of Colorado grapes, helps develop the Colorado wine brand and teaches enology classes at Colorado State University's Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.
“Having our own enologist working with grape farmers to ensure they are growing the right grapes enables the small family farms to stay in business,” says Guy Parker, president of the RMVAA.
So, not only will Winefest be fun and an indulgence of the senses, it is the best way to support Colorado wines other than buying and drinking them.
See the full release here in Steamboat Magazine.