New seminars announced for 27th annual Taste of Vail, April 5-9 |

New seminars announced for 27th annual Taste of Vail, April 5-9

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Master Sommeliers Larry Stone, left, and Sean Razee discuss wines and food with participants at a past Taste or Vail seminar. Among the new seminars for the 2017 event is a Grenache tasting, a blind tasting and a blending tasting.
Chris Dillmann | Daily file photo |

VAIL — The 27th annual Taste of Vail, April 5-9, will feature more than 30 guest chefs, restaurants and sommeliers, as well as more than 55 wineries from around the world. Over the five-day festival, attendees can experience signature events including the 2016 Debut of Rose, American Lamb Cook-Off and Apres Ski Tasting, Mountain Top Tasting and Grand Tasting, as well as seminars, intimate wine popups, dinners and more.

New seminars

The Taste of Vail has announced a few new seminars for the 2017 event. Additional seminars and dining experiences for the Taste of Vail will be announced in early 2017.

• Gloria Ferrer Blending Tasting — Participants start off by tasting some of the various styles of bubbly from Gloria Ferrer Cave & Vineyards. Then, they will taste through nine or 10 base wines and create their own blends. If you have an interest in winemaking, this is a chance to see what you can create.

• Grenache Tasting with Tablas Creek Vineyard — Grenache can come from all over the world, including California. The most distinguished are well balanced, with compelling aromas, bright red fruits and a hint of spiciness.

• Blind Tasting — Tasters will be kept unaware of each wine’s identity. The blind approach is often used with wine professionals (wine tasters, sommeliers and others) who wish to ensure impartiality in the judgment of the quality of wine and explore the ability of wine drinkers to identify and characterize the variety of compounds that contribute to a wine’s aroma.

All seminar tickets are available for a discounted price of $50 until Dec. 31.

Signature events

The Taste of Vail kicks off the afternoon of Wednesday, April 5, with the Debut of 2016 Rose at the Arrabelle Ballroom in Lionshead Village. This is the first event in the country where attendees have the opportunity to sample the first of the 2016 releases from around the Northern Hemisphere. This event showcases one of the largest selections of rosé in the United States.

On Thursday, April 6, the festivities move to Vail Village for the annual American Lamb Cook-Off & Après Ski Tasting. Local chefs will showcase their lamb dishes to the public, while competing for prizes in the cook-off. Guest vintners from across the country also will serve wine varietals.

The Mountain Top Tasting on Vail Mountain on Friday, April 7, is located at 10,350 feet above sea level in a hand-built snow arena that overlooks the Rocky Mountains. Chefs from Vail’s top restaurants serve small plates, while winemakers offer selections of their wines. Ticket holders can ski to the event or take the Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead to access the signature on-mountain tasting.

Taste of Vail wraps up on Saturday, April 8, with the Grand Tasting & Silent Auction at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort. The Grand Tasting is the culmination of the four-day event, with Vail chefs showcasing creative fare alongside wineries from across the country serving their best and most current vintages.

Tickets for all Taste of Vail signature events are on sale at last year’s prices until Dec. 31: $140 for the Mountaintop Picnic, $185 for the Grand Tasting and $85 for the American Lamb Cook-Off. Signature passes are $405 before the New Year and provide access to all of the Taste of Vail signature events: Debut of 2016 Rose, American Lamb Cook Off & Apres Ski Tasting, Mountain Top Picnic and the Grand Tasting & Auction.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the 27th annual Taste of Vail, visit, call 970-401-3320 or follow the event on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and #tasteofvail.

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