“It is a great honor for us to be awarded a Jefferson Cup. And we are proud to participate in the Jefferson Cup Invitational that gives wines produced in all regions of the United States from all grapes grown an opportunity to be recognized,” said Ulla Merz of Bookcliff Vineyards.
The Jefferson Cup Invitational has been around for thirteen years and was founded by Doug Frost. Frost is one of only three individuals in the world to have achieved the titles of Master Sommelier and Master of Wine. “In most other competitions,” says Frost, “California represents 90% of the entries. As a result it usually captures 90% of the honors.” Together with fifty other wines nominated for (but not awarded) the Jefferson Cup, these twenty-nine wines represent some of the most compelling wines made in America. “We had a representation of the best of what every quality wine producing region in the country is offering right now, including improved representation from Washington, Michigan, Virginia and Texas as well as some standout wines from California, New York and Colorado,” said Frost.
How exciting for wine in our own backyard to be recognized and awarded by a true expert in the wine industry! Jackie Thompson of Boulder Creek Winery won the Jefferson Cup in 2009 and had wine awarded this year as well. “To be recognized at this level is truly an honor,” said Thompson. After Boulder Creek Winery won the award in 2009, they were recognized for their outstanding wine and were invited to pour their “VIP Reserve,” in Paris in March of 2010. These awards are opening doors for Colorado wine all around the world.