Taste of Vail winds down Saturday | VailDaily.com

Taste of Vail winds down Saturday

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVAIL CO, Colorado

VAIL- The 22nd annual Taste of Vail wraps up Saturday with a number of seminars and the popular Grand Tasting & Silent Auction tonight at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa. The day starts with another opportunity to Sip, Slide & Sample with winemakers from 9 a.m. to noon. Take a three-hour tour of the mountain with a Vail Resorts ski instructor and a Taste of Vail winemaker. Ski with winemakers such as Jay Christianson from Colorado’s own Canyon Wind Cellars. Winemakers will ski on the mountain with guests, then adjourn to a location in the Village or Lionshead to sample their wines and personally discuss production, elements of wine making, etc. Tickets for Sip, Slide & Sample are $50 per person (cost does not include a lift ticket). Jerry Comfort, senior manager of wine education for Beringer Vineyards, opens the first seminar of the day with “Wine & Cheese Pairing Made Simple – The Chemistry Behind the Romance” seminar from 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Sebastian in Vail. He has created a tool to help demystify cheese and wine pairing. See the story on B2 to learn more.If attendees are committed to finding a wine relationship at this year’s Taste of Vail, they need look no further than the event’s “Speed Dating with Wine” seminar from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Vail. Discuss the personalities of wines and what makes them unique. This format provides a lot of interaction with wine producers to help festivalgoers discover their perfect match. Tickets are still available for $50. An international flare comes to Taste of Vail with La Rioja Renaissance of Spanish Wine from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa. Since the Middle Ages La Rioja has been known as a quality wine producing area in Spain. This seminar will provide a snap shot of the current state of La Rioja. The presenters will be two importers of Spanish wine Chris Campbell of C & P Wines and Steve Lewis of Giuliana Imports. They’ll discuss and display the current diversity, quality and value available from one of the world’s greatest wine producing areas and still arguably the “gold” standard of Spanish wine appellations. Tickets to this seminar are $50. The Grand Tasting and Silent Auction winds down the festival beginning at 7 p.m. at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa. The culmination of the three-day food and wine festival, the Grand Tasting is a decadent wine and culinary event. The event features all Taste of Vail wineries and restaurants, spirits and beer. Tickets to the Grand Tasting are $175. For more information about Taste of Vail tickets and events, visit http://www.tasteofvail.com.

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