(This story was updated Sept. 6, 2013)

If you go

What: The Denver International Wine Festival People's Choice Tasting

When: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Where: Omni Interlocken Resort, 500 Interlocken Blvd.

Tickets: $75, includes a commemorative wine glass

Info: 303-664-5700 or denverwinecomp.com

Now in its ninth year, the Denver International Wine Festival is one of the largest such events in the region, and the medals it awards are coveted and respected. The festival's judging panel of sommeliers and food and beverage industry experts will taste and rate this year's 600 to 1,000 entrants Saturday — along with 125 members of the public who secure tickets to the People's Choice Tasting.

Specifically, those 125 people will be able to sample about 250 of the wines judged the first day of tasting, many of them new, rare or even currently unavailable for purchase in the state, according to DIWF founder Christopher Davies. These will be arranged from white to rose to red and served with cheese and charcuterie.

"This preliminary is a rare group that you normally don't get to taste under one roof," Davies said. "Some of the wines in that room will be medal winners, but a lot of them will not. We don't know yet. Those wines, this will be the only time they'll all be in the same room to taste."

Though not included in the official scoring, the public will be encouraged to keep notes on their favorite wines to compare with later medal announcements. They'll also be the first to experience DIWF, even in this preliminary form, at the festival's new location at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield.

Denver International Wine Festival

Where: Omni Interlocken Resort, 500 Interlocken Blvd.

Nov. 6, 6 p.m.: Grand Vintners Dinner, a multi-course winemakers dinner featuring a prominent wine producer or wine region. Tickets: $75 each

Nov. 7, 7 p.m.: Pairsine Chef's Food and Wine Pairing Competition, pairs Gold Medal-winning wines from the Denver International Wine Competition with cuisine prepared by special guest chef John Moeller, who has served in the White House, competing alongside nine top Colorado chefs. Tickets (include 20 wine and food pairing tastes): $100 each

Nov. 8, 6-9 p.m.: Grand Tasting of International Wines and Food is the largest wine tasting event for consumers, media and trade in the region, with more than 60 wineries, breweries and distilleries pouring, including premium spirits, sake and craft beer. Also including food products, wine accessories and fine art. Tickets: $95-$215 each

Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: VIP Tour of the Front Range Wineries, a full-day tour led by Christopher Davies, editor of Wine Country International Magazine. Tickets: $150 each

Nov. 10, noon-2 p.m.: Julia Child Tribute Champagne Luncheon, featuring guest host Madeleine de Jean, former Brand Ambassador for Chateau Mumm and personal friend of Julia Child. De Jean will lead a Champagne Luncheon and Sabering Demonstration, featuring Julia Child's "All-American Menu," paired with selections from many of the world's great Champagne houses. Tickets: $100 each

Info: denverwinefest.com

"Broomfield is obviously the gateway to Denver and Boulder," said Davies, who notes that the event was most recently held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Wings Over The Rockies Air Space Museum, both in Denver. He said there has been good reaction to the $99-a-night special on rooms at the Omni Interlocken both for the People's Choice Tasting and the main Nov. 6-10 festival from those who will need to drive a bit farther than in years past.

While it's impossible to specify before the actual tasting, Davies expects wines from all over the world, including Argentina, Chile, Australia, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy, as well as entries from wineries around the United States, many of them local. Last year, Colorado's Boulder Creek, Talon and Balistreri wineries took home awards.

Certainly, many of the wines at this intimate preliminary tasting will not be worthy of a DIWF medal, but Davies believes that's all part of the fun.

"It is important to note that all winemakers believe that their (entry's) quality is worthy of winning a medal," he said, "so the wines are really great quality."