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Prestigious Governor’s Cup for Meadery of the Rockies’ Best-in-Class Honey Wine at Home in Palisade
Palisade, Colorado (May 10, 2017) – The Governor’s Cup trophy, renowned within the growing Colorado wine industry, has been ensconced in its place of honor at Meadery of the Rockies, owned by Talon Wine Brands. The Governor’s Cup arrived this month in Palisade, Colorado, at the entrance to the state’s premier wine growing region, the Grand Valley AVA.
The trophy celebrates Meadery of the Rockies’ Strawberry Honey Wine, which won a double-gold medal and Best in Show for ciders, meads and fruit wines at the Governor’s Cup Competition for 2016. The award was presented by Governor John Hickenlooper.
Accolades for the mead are many. “This Strawberry Melomel was the best example of the style that I have ever tasted in my life,” said judge Glenn Exline. He is also judge director of the Mazer Cup International Mead Competition, based in Colorado. Doug Caskey, executive director of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, said, “It’s a delicious blend with a lovely, pinkish color—it has fantastic strawberry aromas."
The Strawberry Honey Wine is not the only mead to bring home the gold. Meadery of the Rockies Chocolate Cherry Honey Wine also won a gold medal at the Governor’s Cup Competition and was included in the official case of 12 award-winning meads, ciders and fruit wines. And, at March’s Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition in Houston, Texas, the Meadery honey wines dominated: Apricot Honey Wine was named Class Champion and awarded a gold medal, and the Strawberry Honey and Blackberry Honey Wines both won silver medals and were named Reserve Class Champions. The accolades point to a surge in interest and popularity for meads. The number of commercial meaderies in the U.S. has increased from approximately 30 in 2003, to close to 300 in 2016, according to the American Mead Makers Association.
“Colorado’s meads are not only growing in popularity among consumers, they are also garnering the respect they deserve in the pantheon of award-winning beverages for their quality,” said Glenn Foster, owner and founding winemaker at the Meadery.
With its three brands St. Kathryn Cellars and Talon Winery in addition to the Meadery, Talon Wine Brands offers the most extensive selection of all Colorado wineries, ranging from St. Kathryn Cellars Peach Passion wine made with world-famous Palisade Peaches to Talon Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon. There are 13 varieties of honey wines to choose from, ranging from fruit/honey blends (melomels) and meads that pair with food to rich dessert meads. Meadery of the Rockies is Colorado’s original and leading meadery. Its tasting room is open year-round and is a popular destination in Palisade.
Talon Wine Brands winemakers Brian Stevens and Hillary Eales stand with the Governor’s Cup, which was awarded for the Strawberry Honey Wine they and founding winemaker Glenn Foster developed at Meadery of the Rockies in Palisade, Colorado.
The Talon team gathers around CEO and founding winemaker Glenn Foster at the Meadery of the Rockies in Palisade, Colorado, where the Governor’s Cup trophy has taken up residence in the winery’s tasting room. Wine and mead lovers can visit the tasting room year-round to taste champion honey wines such as Strawberry Honey Wine (winner of the Governor’s Cup) and Apricot Honey Wine (Class Champion winner at Rodeo Uncorked! international wine competition in Houston, Texas).