Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival celebrates a decade of flavor, Aug. 12-14
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What: 10th annual Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival.
When: Friday, Aug. 12, through Sunday, Aug. 14.
Where: Beaver Creek Village.
Cost: Prices range from $50 to $175 per person, per event.
More information: For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.beavercreek.com/wine.
BEAVER CREEK — Raise your glass for the 10th annual Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival, presented by Wine Spectator, Friday, Aug. 12, through Sunday, Aug. 14. The weekend will showcase themed events that feature food from Beaver Creek’s top chefs, paired with some of the industry’s most sought-after libations.
“At Wine Spectator, we look to partner with events held in special places around the country that draw passionate epicureans who appreciate quality wine and food and love to discover new food and wine trends. Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits is one of these exceptional events,” said Miriam Morgenstern, vice president associate publisher for Wine Spectator.
She said the atmosphere at the Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival always sets it apart from other food and wine events because of its enthusiastic and engaging attendees.
Longtime guests will notice that some of their favorite events are back again this year, Morgenstern said, including Walk and Wine and the Splendido at the Chateau Dinner benefitting the Bright Future Foundation.
“However, exciting new additions include a Cigar and Scotch pairing event that boasts an impressive lineup of scotches from Glenfiddich and cigars from Alec Bradley,” she said, “a very special food and sake pairing collaboration between Takara Sake and Hooked Restaurant, plus an old favorite, Port Wine and Cheese, with a fun new Jeep Excursion twist.”
Tapping a lifestyle
Samantha Perkins, event coordinator for 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Co. in Vail, said all the Colorado vendors and chefs featured for the festival really help to tap into the mountain lifestyle.
“Not to mention that Beaver Creek is a great mountain resort with beautiful views and scenery that really make it a great experience,” Perkins said.
For the 10th year of the Beaver Creek Wine and Spirits Festival, 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Co. will serve its locally distilled products at events such as the Grand Tasting, where guests can stop by and try any of their five spirits. The company is also serving cocktails in the Whiskey Wranglers at the Beaver Creek Rodeo VIP tasting area as a special kickoff event on Thursday, Aug. 11, along with summer-infused cocktails for the Friday Afternoon Club Social on Friday, Aug. 12, and will be providing juice cocktails after yoga for the Outdoor Yoga and Drink Your Veggies sessions.
The outdoor (or indoor if it rains) yoga classes will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. After each class, a selection of “vegetal cocktails” — juice and spirit-based concoctions — will be served to get rolling into the day.
Before the Grand Tasting on Saturday evening, wine lovers can check out the 90+ Napa Wine Club Seminar, held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the By Nature Gallery. All the wines showcased have ratings of 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator magazine. The educational seminar will have guests taste six different wines from producers such as Stags’ Leap Winery, Etude, Provenance, Sterling, Beaulieau Vineyards and Beringer.
Expand your knowledge
“For 10 years, we’ve taken pride in working with the team at Beaver Creek to curate an exciting lineup of events that showcase top wines and spirits from around the globe alongside the delicious culinary creations of Beaver Creek’s renowned top chefs and restaurants,” Morgenstern said.
In honor of the 10th anniversary, she said Wine Spectator wanted to focus on its core value of education, creating events that expand attendees’ wine and spirit knowledge.
In addition to selecting a special group of wineries to participate, Wine Spectator will also bring in winemakers and brand experts with deep knowledge of their wines and spirits to enhance the experience.
This year, special event and seminar guests can experience award-winning pinot noirs from Domaine Serene Winery, 90-plus rated Napa Valley red and white wines, Italian selections from Zonin1821, bold reds from Trinchero Family Estates, wines from Bouchaine Winery and ports from Graham paired with fine cheese.
At the Grand Tasting, Meiomi Wines, Prisoner Wine Co., Piccini Winery, Mer Soleil, Caymus, Glenfiddich Scotch and Takara Sake join the others to round out the full-on wine and food weekend.
For a full schedule, more information and to purchase event tickets, visit http://www.beavercreek.com/wine.