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November 16, 2012
Colorado Winemakers Set to Welcome New State Lawmakers to Denver

With 32 new politicians set to take state office in January, the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology will showcase several of its member wines at a first-of-its kind event geared toward emphasizing the importance of locally produced craft wine, beer and spirits to the newest members of the state senate and congress.

The Colorado Licensed Beverage Association (CLBA), a trade group that fosters responsible sales of alcohol and lobbies for Colorado craft products, is hosting “Colorado Brewed Beers, Craft Distilled Spirits & Award Winning Wines” later this month in Denver. The CLBA decided to host this first-time event to ensure all new and incumbent legislators understand how the state’s liquor store laws have benefited local wine, spirits and beer producers.

“We feel it was very important to let them know about the independent market,” said Jeanne M. McEvoy, president and CEO of the CLBA. “We want them to understand that the current laws we have in place have created a dynamic craft industry here.”

One of CAVE's primary objectives is to promote the interests of its member wineries and grape growers at the state level, making the inclusion in this event a natural fit. Four of its member wineries — Mesa Park Vineyards (Palisade), Kingman Winery (Denver), Bonacquisti Wine Co. (Denver) and Colorado Cider Co. (Denver) — will pour to a group of invitees that includes lawmakers, retailers and distributors. Several Colorado breweries and distilleries will join in pouring alongside the CAVE members, too.

The invite-only event is Nov. 27 at Breckenridge Brewery. For details on the event, contact McEvoy at jmcevoy@myclba.com. Please direct all CAVE-related questions to Jacob Harkins at jharkins@godotcommunications.com.

About CAVE
The Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE) is a member-based association that exists to encourage and support enology and viticulture in Colorado. CAVE promotes the interests of Colorado grape growers and wineries in legislative and political matters, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, and disseminates current information pertaining to optimum winemaking and agriculture practices for vineyards in the area. CAVE seeks to establish contacts and relationships with other associations, both regional and statewide, to further development and growth of the industry.

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