Colo. wines showcased in France

Colorado wines will be showcased at the American Wine Tasting in Paris, France, for the first time.

The exposure could open foreign markets to local wines.

Wines from the Boulder Creek Winery and Varaison Vineyards and Winery in Palisade will be poured at the biennial wine tasting, which is scheduled later this month at the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is held in Bordeaux, France.

About 400 people are expected to attend the event, including importers, distributors, wine store representatives, chefs and sommeliers from top French restaurants.

“This is an exciting time for the Colorado wine industry,” said Doug Caskey, executive director of the Colorado Wine Industry development board.

“The number of wineries in Colorado has increased threefold in the past 10 years, from 34 wineries in 2000 to more than 90 in 2010. Our wineries are winning national and international awards. We’ll hold our heads high in France.”

Boulder Creek winery plans to pour their 2006 VIP Reserve, a Bordeaux-style red wine that won Colorado’s first-ever Jefferson Cup at the 2009 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine competition.

The owners of Varaison Vineyards and Winery will pour Estate Reserve Merlot, Proprietor’s Reserve Merlot and Estate Reserve Crème Brulee Chardonnay.