The Tasting Panel magazine

Oct 09

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36 / the tasting panel / october 2009 Colorado's wine country is dramatic, breathtaking and ripe for development. Mile High Wine Coun by Amy Reiley In spite of challenges, Colorado has world-class potential it takes a visit to the Rocky Mountain state to truly appreciate Colorado's poten- tial as a world-class wine region. And to cover Colorado's extensive wine country requires more than a few days—or a private plane. Thanks to the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, I recently had access to the latter. In June, the board arranged a trip for several journalists to view the many facets of the region's geography, which is remarkably tedious to traverse by car thanks to the state's mountainous geography. It also gave our group the opportunity to meet some of the pioneers who have helped grow the industry from four commercial wineries in the 1980s to the over 75 (and climbing) recognized operations the state boasts today.

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