Taste of Vail announces four seminars
VAIL — To complement its three signature events each year, Taste of Vail will offer nearly a dozen seminars that encourage guests to engage and learn about food and wine. Whether it’s crafting a handmade cocktail, tasting regional wines or learning a new way to use extra virgin olive oil, the 24th annual Taste of Vail offers guests a variety of seminars to take part in April 2-5.
“Each year, Taste of Vail dedicates itself to creating quality seminars that relate to popular trends in food and wine as well as those that enliven the Vail lifestyle,” said Chris Chantler, president of the Taste of Vail board of directors. “This year, we made an effort to announce our seminars as early as possible to give vacationers the information they need to book their spring travel to Vail.”
New for the 2014 event, wine expert Josh Wesson will return to present “Looking at the World Through Rose Colored Glasses.” Though best known as the co-founder of retail store Best Cellars in New York City, for 30 years Wesson has been a featured expert on food and wine pairing for numerous publications and television shows such as “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America.” For the seminar, participants will be able to sample from regions such as France, Italy, California and Washington while learning why rose is the fastest growing wine market segment in the United States.
Participants will learn what goes into crafting the perfect cocktails at the “Craft Cocktail” seminar. Chris Stevens, from Craft Distillers, will join local bartenders in creating handmade cocktails using artisan liquors and creative twists. Crafts Distillers creates small-batch, craft-method spirits and is most noted for its award-winning Low Gap whiskey.
Olive Oil 201
As a follow up to last year’s “Exploration of Olive Oil” seminar, Steve Lewis, founder of Giuliani Imports, will offer “Olive Oil 201,” an exploration of extra virgin olive oil. Often times its limited shelf life makes EVOO a challenge to work with, however, with Lewis’ expertise, he will demonstrate creative pairings and uses. Participants also will learn regional differences and have the opportunity to sample EVOO varietals from Italy, Greece and France.
‘Poor man’s burgundy’
Known as the “poor man’s burgundy,” Beaujolais Crus also will make its debut at the upcoming Taste of Vail with the seminar “Burgundy’s Red Headed Stepchild: The Terrior of Beaujolais Crus.” Participants will be introduced to what is known as one of the most undervalued, misunderstood wine categories in the world with Latour and Louis Jadot showcasing more than a dozen varietals.
Times, dates, locations and pricing for all seminars will be released closer to the event. The full lineup of seminars for the Taste of Vail will be announced in early 2014.
In addition to the new seminars offered during the Taste of Vail, the event will include the 10th annual Colorado Lamb Cook Off and Apres Ski Tasting, the iconic Mountaintop Picnic and the Grand Tasting.
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). Access the entire event and save as the signature event package is on sale for $320 (regular $385) until the end of 2013.
For more information on the Taste of Vail or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.tasteofvail.com.
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