DrinkLocalWine.com will hold its fourth annual conference April 27-29, 2012 in Denver, focusing on Colorado wine. The state’s industry is one of the most unique in the wine business; its high altitude produces growing conditions that are different from all but two or three other regions in the world.

Colorado’s approximately 100 wineries grow European-style grapes, and have had tremendous success with cool-climate varieties like Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Cabernet Franc. The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board is the conference’s primary sponsor.

“Our excitement about hosting the Drink Local Wine conference in Denver in 2012 runs a mile high,” says Doug Caskey, the wine board’s executive director. More, after the jump:

DLW 2012 will include a Colorado Twitter Taste-off, featuring two dozen of the state’s best wineries, on April 28, plus three seminars featuring some of the top names in Colorado and regional wine. In addition, DLW 20102 will host the Colorado Wine Challenge, where contestants will get a chance to blind taste Colorado and California wines and see if they can tell the difference.
Colorado’s wine history dates to the late 1970s, when the forerunner of Colorado Cellars opened. The number of wineries has increased 20-fold since 1990, reflecting the surge in enthusiasm for regional wine in the state. Colorado’s two AVAs include the Grand Valley in and around Grand Junction and the West Elks along the North Fork of the Gunnison. However, the largest concentration of wineries is along the Front Range east of Denver, expanding to many other parts of the state.

DLW 2012 follows the success of the​ first three conferences — in Dallas featuring Texas wine in 2009, in Loudoun County featuring Virginia wine in 2010, and in St. Louis featuring Missouri wine in 2011. DLW also holds an annual Regional Wine Week in October, in which more than 40 wine bloggers, writers and columnists from the U.S. and Canada write about their favorite regional wines, ranging from Ontario to New York to Florida to Texas to Colorado.

DrinkLocalWine.com’s goal is to spotlight wine made in the 47 states and Canada that aren’t California, Washington, and Oregon. It’s the brainchild of Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre and wine blogger Jeff Siegel, the Wine Curmudgeon.