Grand Junction, Co.--The Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE) finished off its most successful VinCO Conference last week by honoring four members of its community as official Friends of Colorado Wine.
Debbie Kovalik (Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau), Barb Bowman (Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau), Sylvia Sharpe (CAVE staff supporter and volunteer) and Dave Tewksbury (Tewksbury and Co.) were singled out at the closing banquet on Jan. 17 for their unique contributions to the Colorado wine industry over the years.
“These four ‘Friends of the Industry’ have been instrumental in helping the Colorado wine industry grow, and we simply cannot say enough about their individual contributions,” said Cassidee Shull, CAVE executive director. “This was one way we could say, ‘Thank you.’”
Kovalik and Bowman, through their work with the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau, have been largely responsible for Colorado wine country being represented on maps, trains, trails, billboards and buses all over the state, country and world through a variety of advertising campaigns and efforts.
Sharpe has worked tirelessly as a volunteer coordinator for Colorado Mountain Winefest, organizing pre-event meetings, recruiting help, and working with all event guests (wineries, VIPs, and media members) to ensure a seamless event. After working with volunteers, Sharpe went on to become a key volunteer for two major Winefest events.
Throughout his career in wine retail, Tewksbury has constantly pushed Colorado wine forward well before other industry members even noticed its existence. He starting his efforts with the Vineyard (Cherry Creek) in the 1970s and now is the person behind Tewksbury & Co. (Writers Square in downtown Denver) a popular cigar shop and Colorado wine tasting room.
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.