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Taste of Vail Saturday ends with aphrodisiacs

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Daily file photo/Kristin AndersonAttendees of last year's Taste of Vail Grand Tasting sample wine and food at the Marriott in Vail. This year's Grand Tasting takes place Saturday night at the Marriott.

VAIL – Wine, beer and sensuous foods are the highlights of Saturday’s Taste of Vail culinary festival. A trio of seminars round out the three-day event before the evening’s Grand Tasting and Dinner Dance at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa.

Author of “Fork Me, Spoon Me,” Amy Reiley will lead guests in a discussion about aphrodisiac foods from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Her company, Life of Reiley, specializes in romantic foods and aphrodisiac cuisine. Tickets are available for $50.

From the sensual side to a celebrity death match of wine, beer and cheese, Josh Wesson takes participants on five rounds of tasty bottle-on-bottle palate wrestling. His seminar, “Wine vs. Beer with Cheese Thunderdome Celebrity Death Cage Match,” takes attendees through five rounds of wine and beer paired with various cheeses. Wesson is a wine consultant and owner of Best Cellars in New York. He has won numerous awards and accolades for his knowledge of food and wine including best sommelier in America and retail wine innovator of the year. The taste-off begins at 11:30 a.m. and tickets are $65.

Pinot Noir Speed Dating Style completes Saturday’s seminars. Attendees will sit in small groups with each winemaker and taste wine that usually is not available for commercial purchase. Every 10 minutes, the groups shift to the next winemaker to ask questions and taste more wine.

The event ends with a 30-minute panel discussion and open forum. Dan Moore from Zmor Winery in Sonoma will facilitate the program. The tasting gets underway at 2 p.m. Tickets are $65.

All seminars will be held at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa.

The pinnacle event of Taste of Vail is the annual Grand Tasting and Dance, featuring nearly 45 local and national chefs and 60 wineries. Tasting takes place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with dancing till midnight. Tickets are available for $150. Sommelier tours also are available during the Grand Tasting for $25. The sneak preview sommelier tours allow guests early access to the event (20 to 30 minutes).

For more information about Taste of Vail tickets and events, visit http://www.tasteofvail.com. All proceeds from the Taste of Vail benefit local nonprofit organizations.

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