More than two dozen wineries commit to April’s Taste of Vail
VAIL — Vineyard owners and winemakers from all around the world have begun making travel plans to showcase their products at the 24th annual Taste of Vail taking place April 2-5. The involvement of the owners and winemakers is part of what sets Taste of Vail apart from other food and wine festivals throughout the United States.
Taste of Vail already has more than two dozen wineries lined up to participate in the event and will feature new wineries along with a few returning favorites. New wineries include:
• De Martino
• Dinastia Vivanco
• Domaine roux Pere & Fils
• Dutton Goldfield Winery
• Jeff Runquist Winery
Additional wineries featured at this year’s event include:
• Canyon Wind Cellars
• Chateau de Dours/Le Fleurs
• Flora Springs Winery
• Gloria Ferrer Champagne
• Grgich Hills Estate
• Hahn Family Wines
• Klinker Brick Winery
• Ladera Vineyards
• MacPhail Family Wines
• Milbrandt Vineyards
• Peter Paul Winery
• Rock Wall Wine Co.
• Rotie Cellars
• Schug Carneros Estate Winery
• The Hess Collection
• ZD Wine
As the wine industry continues to evolve, so do the wineries featured at the Taste of Vail. Following are some notable facts about select vineyards pouring at the event:
Grgich Hills estate
Celebrating his 90th birthday this year, Mike Grgich, founder of Grgich Hills Estate, has achieved a lifetime of accomplishments ranging from a seat in the Vintners’ Hall of Fame, a place in the Smithsonian and a Global Citizen Award to name a few. The Grgich wines also have earned their spotlight beginning with the 1972 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, the impetus for the movie Bottle Shock, up to its most recent release in honor of Grgich’s birthday, a 2010 Paris Tasting Chardonnay. For additional information, visit http://www.grgich.com.
Launched in 2007, Milbrandt Vineyards has already begun collecting regional accolades such as a spot in the Top 10 Hot Brands from Wine Business Monthly, Washington’s Best Value Wines of 2012 from Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Winery of the Year in 2012 also from Seattle Post-Intelligencer. With a goal to be the best farmers in the state, the Milbrandt family set out on uncharted territory in 1997 and paid exceptional attention to matching the right varietals to its respected site. Today, Milbrandt creates highly individualistic wines as it is home to 12 estate vineyard sites totaling more than 2,300 acres. Visit http://www.milbrandtvineyards.com for more information.
Saintsbury and ZD Wines
Saintsbury is a leader in the Napa Valley eco-friendly farming movement, having been amongst the first wineries to achieve Napa Green Farm certification. Visit http://www.saintsbury.com to learn further details.
ZD Wines began farming organically in Rutherford in the early 1980s, long before actually applying for certification. ZD’s organic approach stemmed from Founder Norman deLeuze who had a strong belief in building vineyard strength through biodiversity. Visit http://www.zdwines.com to learn more.
Additional wineries for the 24th Annual Taste of Vail will be announced once confirmed in the months leading up the to event.
Individual event tickets and signature event passes are now on sale with special discounts of up to 20 percent until Dec. 31. Four and six-pack seminar tickets are now available for those wanting hands on experience with participating wineries and local chefs.
The four-pack seminar tickets are on sale for $110 (regular $150) and a six-pack for $155 (regular $185). The signature Mountaintop Picnic is currently available for $108 (regular $135) and the Grand Tasting for $140 (regular $175). For access to the entire event, the signature event package is on sale for $350 (regular $385) until the end of 2013.
Please visit http://www.tasteofvail.com for more information about the event.