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James Roth ’94: Colorado Vintner

As an adult, James Roth ‘94 appreciates how the structure and individual attention he received from Denver Academy in high school was pivotal to his educational journey. It was well worth his long daily commute from the foothills of Evergreen for grades 10-12. He especially recalls Mr. Fletcher and Mr. Miller as teachers who made a difference in his life.

After graduating from DA, James joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served for five years. Following his service, he moved back to Colorado and settled into a career in natural resources and mining. He has worked for Climax Molybdenum for 10 years.

Today, James lives in Penrose, Colorado, with his wife Christina. They share a blended family of six children, ranging in age from 10 to 32 years old, and are expecting their first grandchildren before the end of the year.

For the past 20 years, James’s passion and hobby have been all things wine. He and Christina opened Brush Hollow Winery in 2018 on their property in Penrose. They have planted their own vines. However, while they wait for the vines to mature, they use grapes sourced locally from other vintners in Colorado to craft reds including cabernet franc, malbec, and shiraz, and whites like Moscato, peach Traminette, and Riesling. Brush Hollow also produces several types of ciders.

Located only two hours south of Denver, Brush Hollow Winery is open to the public, adhering to local safety protocols during the pandemic. Its tasting room (no reservations required during regular business hours) is housed in an historic 1910 barn. It is family-friendly and the winery may be booked for special events such as parties, weddings, meetings, and even evening book clubs. There is also an Airbnb on the property.

For more information about Brush Hollow Winery or to order it online, visit their website brushhollowwinery.com.