New seminars announced for Taste of Vail
The Taste of Vail has announced its 2019 seminars from April 3 to 6, in the heart of Vail. As one of the nation’s top food and wine festivals, it invites dozens of winemakers and owners from all over the world to pour wine and interact with participants.
The Taste of Vail develops a series of new seminars each year designed to help food and wine enthusiasts expand their knowledge in entertaining and interactive sessions. For 2019, the seminars include a global focus that highlights some of the best winemaking regions of the world.
“The seminars for The 2019 Taste of Vail are one of our best years yet,” said Angela Mueller, Taste of Vail director, “ and represent a worldwide tasting and learning experience that brings together exciting food and wine combinations. Additionally, we are thrilled to host an amazing lineup of some of the most foremost expert wine professionals in the country.”
Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Cupping and Tour Thursday, April 4 | 10 a.m. | $40
Join Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea coffee expert from over 25 years of experience. A cupping seminar and tour of the roasters. Find out what happens to make your coffee unforgettable.
Corsica with Lyle Railsback and Brett Zimmerman
Friday, April 5 | 3 p.m. | $55
At Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants, all the rave is about the wines of Corsica. In 30 years, Corsican vineyards have transformed. Its size has been reduced, its vignerons have strengthened, and its wines have developed in charm and typicity thanks to the rediscovery of local varietals. Join Lyle Railsback, a 10 year Kermit Lynch veteran and recognized as one of the “Top 40 under 40 Tastemakers of 2017” in the country, and master sommelier Brett Zimmerman, of Boulder Wine Merchant, for a tasting and introduction of Corsican wines. Understanding Sustainable, Organic and Conventional Viticulture in Napa Valley Friday, April 5 | 5 p.m. | $55
Join winemaker and vineyard manager Mark Neal from Neal Vineyards, Braiden Albrecht, winemaker at famous Mayacamas Winery, and Mike Reynolds, from Hall Wines, to learn about the difference in farming methods and taste six different vintages from three of Napa Valley’s most highly acclaimed producers. Topics of discussion will be the difference in viticultural approaches throughout the Napa Valley and a tasting of wines spanning 14 years. It’s all Greek to Me Saturday, April 6 | 10 a.m. | $55
Taste of Vail is taking participants on a trip through Greece, an ancient birthplace of wine. Join Ted Diamantis, owner and founder and probably the most knowledgeable mind for Greek wine in the business to help decode the country, its wines and the pronunciation of a handful of wines that will surprise your taste buds.
Discovering Santa Barbara with Author and Sommelier Rajat Parr, Master Sommelier Will Costello and Winemaker from Scar of the Sear Michael Brughelli Saturday, April 6 | noon | $55
Famous sommelier, author of several books and star in the movie “Somm 3,” Rajat Parr, is joined by master sommelier Will Costello, of Bien Nacido Vineyards, and winemaker of Scar of the Sea Michael Brughelli to lead through a tasting of Santa Barbara Chardonnay and pinot noir.
The group will discuss Santa Barbara’s unique climate and explain some of the different appellations within Santa Barbara County and argue why Santa Barbara should be considered one of the best places in the world to grow grapes. The Pursuit of Premier Cru Status in Burgundy’s Pouilly Fuisse Saturday, April 6 | 2:30 p.m. | $55
Pouilly Fuisse has been a household name in the wine world for decades and it is well on the way to clear the final hurdle of designating its finest vineyards to 1er Cru status.
Joseph Burrier, of Chateau Beauregard, along with Wilson Daniels imports education director William Davis, representing the Pouilly Fuisse Estate of Roc de Boutires, will lead through a seminar on the famous region of Pouilly Fuisse in Burgundy, France. The panel will be moderated by master sommelier Jesse Becker from Chicago.
Seminar tickets now available for purchase at http://www.tasteof vail.com. Tickets are non-refundable.
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