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Taste of Vail seminars announced

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVAIL CO, Colorado

VAIL – Local and national culinary experts headline the seminars at the upcoming 21st annual Taste of Vail, including Vail’s own Kelly Liken and crowd-favorite Josh Wesson. Seminars include “Cooking with Liquor,” “A Natural Match – Dow’s Port & Cheese Pairing,” a sparkling wine pairing, a mixology seminar as well as “Is the Price Right?” a look at the economics of wine. Taste of Vail takes place April 7-9 at various venues throughout North America’s most popular mountain resort. Seminar ticket prices begin at $35 per person. The event kicks off on April 7 with Taste of Vail on Snow, a ski event that allows festivalgoers time to ski and spend one-on-one time with local chefs and participating Taste of Vail vintners. Ski instructors will lead the groups on a three-hour morning tour of Vail Mountain from 9 a.m. to noon each day of the event – April 7, 8 and 9. The group meets at 9 a.m. in front of Arrabelle at Vail Square on the snow beach. Cost for the tour is $50 per person and does not include a lift ticket. Liken, who recently competed on Season 7 of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” will present “The Art of Cooking with Liquor” on April 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Terra Bistro. Liken, who is owner of restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail, will present the art of cooking with Belvedere Vodka and Colorado Lamb. Tickets are $60 per person. After the Colorado Lamb Cook-off and Apres Ski Tasting from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Vail Village, festival participants can adjourn to the Tap Room in Vail Village for Davidoff Cigars & Craft Distiller Liquors from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cigar and liquor representatives will be on hand and tickets are $50 per person.For the late night crowd, Frost Bar at The Sebastian Vail promises to be the place to be seen for “Get Your Frost Off” – an after dinner drink mixoff featuring Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier, Hennessy and 10 Cane Rum. Mixologists from various bars and restaurants in Vail will make their favorite drinks featuring these signature spirits. Pastry Chef Dale De Simone from The Sebastian will present desserts to accompany the various cocktail creations. Tickets for Get Your Frost Off are $40 per person. On April 8 festival participants can enjoy Taste of Vail on the Snow tours in the morning followed by the signature Mountaintop Picnic at noon. Wine lovers can learn to “Taste Like a Master Sommelier” after the picnic by attending the Sonnenalp Resort of Vail’s blind tasting event from 4 to 5 p.m. Master Sommeliers Jay Fletcher, Doug Krenik and Sean Razee will be on hand to teach the secret art of blind tasting. This two-part seminar will demystify the components of six wines and show attendees how to use deductive reasoning to master the art of the blind tasting. The second part of the seminar will be a question-and-answer session, as well as an open discussion on how to navigate wine lists to maximize time and money. Tickets are $40 per person.Join Paul Mugnier of Dow’s Port as he leads guests through a tasting of fine port paired with artisan cheeses on April 8 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Sapphire Restaurant and Oyster Bar. His seminar called, “A Natural Match – Dow’s Port and Cheese” promises to educate guests on the art of pairing with ports. Mungier is a 20- year-old veteran of the food and wine industry and honed his skills in cities know for their culinary excellence such as New Orleans and San Francisco. Tickets are $35 per person.On April 9 Chef Adam Votaw from Atwater on Gore Creek at the Vail Cascade will team up with vintners from Gloria Ferrer for pairing, sampling and discussion of the evolution of sparkling wine. “Bubbles and Bites” takes place from 11 a.m. to noon at Atwater on Gore Creek at the Vail Cascade. Tickets are $50 per person. Josh Wesson returns once again to the Taste of Vail for “Is the Price Right?” on April 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Sonnenalp Resort of Vail. This year’s session will be a blind tasting of top-rated wines priced from $10 to $100. The goal will be to connect the right price with the right bottle of wine. Tickets are $40 per person. Tickets can be purchased for $75 for unlimited all-you-can eat and drink lamb and wine. The Mountaintop Picnic is $125 with tickets for the Grand Tasting $175. The Festival Pass is $350 or attendees may purchase the all inclusive Festival Pass which includes all the seminars and dinner for $495. For more information on the Taste of Vail or this year’s seminars, visit http://www.tasteofvail.com for updated times, locations and tickets.


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