More new wine seminars announced for Taste of Vail, coming April 5-9 |

More new wine seminars announced for Taste of Vail, coming April 5-9

Wines await patrons at a Taste of Vail seminar in 2016. At this year's festival, Advanced Sommelier Jeremy Campbell will lead a seminar on tasting wine like a professional.
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What: Taste of Vail.

When: Wednesday, April 5, through Sunday, April 9.

Where: Restaurants and other venues around Vail.

Cost: Seminar tickets start at $50, signature events start at $55 and Signature Four Passes are $430.

More information: Find the full schedule and tickets at

VAIL — The Taste of Vail this week announced additional seminars as part of its 2017 event, taking place Wednesday, April 5, through Sunday, April 9, in the heart of Vail. The Taste of Vail develops a series of new seminars each year designed to help food and wine enthusiasts expand their knowledge through interactive sessions.

“We are thrilled to announce additional new seminars to complete the Taste of Vail lineup for this year,” said Angela Mueller, Taste of Vail director. “The seminars in 2017 are one of our best years yet and represent a worldwide tasting and learning experience that brings together exciting food and wine combinations. Tickets are selling fast, and now is your chance to expand your horizons and try a seminar experience.”

New seminars

• Howell Mountain exploration: Napa’s Magic Mountain, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 7 — Collectively, Howell Mountain Wines have received numerous medals. Beginning in 1889 at the Paris World Competition, these accolades proved the longstanding reputation of Howell Mountain wines. Join the Spire Collection, Ladera and O’ Shaunessey Wineries, all of whom are part of Howell Mountain Vineyards, and learn about the nuances of Howell Mountain and the wines.

“The seminars in 2017 are one of our best years yet and represent a worldwide tasting and learning experience that brings together exciting food and wine combinations.”Angela MuellerDirector, Taste of Vail

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• Explore the hidden treasure: Portuguese wine with Esporao, Quinta do Mouro and Master Sommelier Brett Zimmermann, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8 — Join Zimmermann on a walk through Portuguese wines with Pedro Lopes Vieira, from Esporao, and Luis Louro, from Quinta do Mouro. There will be two regions discussed, including wines from Douro and Alentejo.

• Paella luncheon and Spanish wine seminar with Ole Imports founder Patrick Mata, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6 — Mata will be the guide for this Spanish tasting tour and luncheon, featuring selections from highly celebrated winemaker Alberto Orte, Wine Spectator’s most awarded Spanish winemaker in the top 50 wines priced at less than $50 category for 2017.

• Pinot Noir Around the World: Burgundy, Oregon and Germany with Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman, 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 6 — Zimmerman will guide participants through a tasting of Pinot Noir from three different growing regions of the World.

Other seminars

• Riesling Rising: Refined, Expressive & Dry, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8 — With new winemaking techniques, enthusiastic growers have given Riesling a strong bid for the market — and mind-space. Richard Grosche will discuss what many are still learning about Riesling’s expressive flavor.

• Hard to Handle: Perfect Pairings for Difficult Dishes, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 7 — Wine expert Josh Wesson pairs wines with foods that are difficult to pair.

• Blend with the Best: Gloria Ferrer Blending Tasting, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8 — Start by tasting some of Gloria Ferrer Cave & Vineyards’ various styles of bubbly. After this, taste through nine or 10 base wines and create a blend.

• Grenache Tasting with Tablas Creek Vineyard, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8 — Grenache can come from all over the world. California’s winemakers are making some wonderful Grenache. The most distinguished are well balanced, with compelling aromas, bright-red fruits and a hint of spiciness.

• Blind Tasting, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8 — Advanced Sommelier Jeremy Campbell leads a seminar on tasting wine such as a professional. Learn a logical, deconstructive method to smelling, tasting and accurately assessing a wine and all of its facets. This is a method used by sommeliers for blind tasting in exams and an impartial, unbiased way to accurately judge a wine.

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The 27th annual Taste of Vail features more than 30 guest chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers, as well as more than 55 top wineries from around the world. Throughout the five-day festival, attendees experience signature events including the 2016 Debut of Rose, The American Lamb Cook-Off and Apres Ski Tasting, The Mountain Top Tasting and the Grand Tasting, as well as seminars, intimate wine pop ups, dinners and more.

Individual event tickets and signature event passes are now on sale. Four- and six-pack seminar tickets are available for those wanting a more intimate learning experience with participating wineries and local chefs. The four-pack seminar tickets are $150, and a six-pack is $180. Individual seminar tickets range from $50 to $60. The signature Mountain Top Tasting is $145; The Lamb Cook Off and Apres Ski Tasting is $85; 2016 Debut of Rose is $55 and the Grand Tasting is $190. The signature event package, with tickets to all flagship events, is $430.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 970-401-3320. Follow the Taste of Vail on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #tasteofvail.

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