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Snowy Peaks Winery Receives Accolades

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Snowy Peaks Winery has recently received several awards and outstanding reviews in national publications. In October, prominent wine critic James Suckling convened a tasting of 800 wines from 14 states outside of the West Coast for a report called American Wine Revolution. The critics were surprised by the high quality of wines they tasted from these lesser known regions of the U.S. and Colorado was singled out as a leader in quality for their red wines. In all, James Suckling and his team evaluated 47 Colorado wines with the highest score of 92 points awarded to the Élevé, a Rhone-style blend from Snowy Peaks Winery. “We are very proud to have the highest score ever from a national publication for a Colorado wine.” says winemaker Erik Mohr. “It’s wonderful to see wines made from grapes grown in Colorado getting recognition outside of our state.” In addition, Sebastian’s Reserve, a Bordeaux-style blend, received 91 points and the Dry Riesling was awarded 90 points.

The Wine Enthusiast magazine is also taking notice of Colorado wines. In the November edition, they featured 18 Colorado wines in their Buying Guide, including three from Snowy Peaks Winery. Their Mourvèdre was an Editor’s Choice with 90 points, Sebastian’s Reserve received 89 points and the Syrah was 87 points.

Snowy Peaks Winery uses only Colorado grown grapes to produce wines at their winery in Estes Park. The quality of grapes grown in Colorado is the primary driver of the success Colorado wineries have had in creating award-winning wines. Last week, wineries from across the state came together to celebrate this success at Colorado Uncorked, an event to promote award-winning wines from The Governor’s Cup Competition. The thirteen wines featured at Colorado Uncorked were chosen by a panel of 16 wine experts from across the nation, to represent the best of the state in “The Governor’s Collection”. The competition included 325 wines from 35 local wineries, including twelve from Snowy Peaks Winery. The Snowy Peaks Élevé was one of the wines chosen for the Governor’s Collection, after receiving a Double Gold medal in the competition. Another ten Snowy Peaks wines were also awarded medals, showing consistent quality throughout their extensive wine selection.

Snowy Peaks Winery began production in Estes Park in 2005. They exclusively use Colorado-grown grapes to produce more than 20 different varieties. The wines are all available for tasting and purchase at their tasting room at 292 Moraine Ave, Estes Park. Snowy Peaks wines are on the menu at Twin Owls Steakhouse, The Barrel, The View Restaurant, and The Other Side Restaurant. They are also found at Rocky Mountain Discount Liquors, Liz and Jo’s Boutique, and online at


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