Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Sips and samples at Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival |

Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Sips and samples at Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival

Tricia Swenson
Off the Hill

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The German beer and oompah sounds will be flowing throughout Beaver Creek this weekend. Oktoberfest marks the end of summer and beginning of fall at Beaver Creek, and brats, pretzels and beer will be plentiful.

This event brings out the Bavarian side of many of Beaver Creek’s restaurants, which normally don’t serve this style of cuisine, but these eateries are very versatile and are always ready to try something new in the name of gastronomy.

The 10th annual Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival was testament to the lengths the restaurants go to serve up new and exciting concepts to those willing to try something different. The event was presented by Wine Spectator, which seeks to partner with events held in unique places that offer fellow epicureans ways to discover new food and wine trends.

Beaver Creek capitalized on its surroundings to provide anything from outdoor yoga paired with a Drink your Veggies seminar to trying port and cheese while on a 4×4 Jeep Excursion. Some events took place with the chefs and wineries going indoors and having artwork as their backdrop at various galleries. Education is always a big part of the four-day festival, and with wine and food tastings as homework, studying becomes fun.

Many events sell out quickly, but one event open to the public was the Friday Afternoon Club at Plaza Pavilion where samples were available from various vendors, including Murray’s Cheese, Bouchaine Winery and 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co.

Murray’s Cheese was established in 1940 in Greenwich Village with the mission of finding delicious flavors of cheese from around the world and sharing it with others. Bouchaine Winery hails from Napa Valley and is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Carneros District. Locally, the 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co. was also involved, showcasing some of their refreshing summer drink recipes with festivalgoers.

All these samples paired with a little live music on a nice summer afternoon is what this event is all about — sipping, tasting and enjoying the finer things in life.

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