Vesta wins in Colorado Wine Industry awards

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The Colorado Wine Industry announced the winners of its 2008 Restaurant Recognition Awards Monday night. The competition, which I wrote about a few months ago in "Colorado wine sure is fine," handed out honors in two categories: Best Colorado Wine List and Best Use of Colorado Food and Wine.

The best wine list award went to The Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery, at 25 West Cimarron Street in Colorado Springs (Vines Wine Bar, at 19501 East Main Street in Parker, got an honorable mention for best Colorado wine list, especially its dessert list). And the Best Use of Colorado Food and Wine went to Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street.

I talked yesterday with Matt Selby, chef at Vesta and also at Steuben's, who was both happy and humble about the recognition.

"Yeah, man, we thought it was really cool," he said. "It's not like we use Colorado products for the sake of an award, but it feels righteous that we got something to show for it."

He said Vesta will use the $1,000 prize (the amount given each of the three winners) for the general restaurant fund, or maybe to throw an employee party. 

"The competition for this year's awards was very, very stiff," said Doug Caskey, executive director of the Colorado Wine Board. "We had many restaurants showing great support for local products on their wine lists and on their menus, and had to add an honorable mention to the awards because of the so many great entries. This is a truly exciting time to dine out in Colorado, when so many chefs and sommeliers are featuring great local products."

We'll drink to that.

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