The Daily Sentinel – Annual wine-judging event

On a crystal-bright Saturday morning in early November, I sat down at the Wine Country Inn with five other volunteer judges for the Colorado Amateur Winemaking Competition.

This annual wine judging is but one of the many wine-related events, including Colorado Mountain Winefest, produced by the Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology (CAVE).

“This year we have 96 entries, including seven fruit wines, 17 white wines, two ice wines, five ros├ęs and 65 red wines,” said Cassidee Shull as the day began. CAVE’s tireless executive director had already wrangled up judges, countless wine glasses and a handful of wine openers.

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