Taste of Vail
Registration & Ticket SalesVail Marriott Mountain Resort & SpaNoon – 8 p.m.Vail Valley Chefs Showcase DinnerA five-course meal, prepared by some of the Vail Valleys most renowned chefs, including Thomas Newsted (Game Creek Restaurant), Angelee Aurillo (French Press), Allana Liedke (Larkspur), Soa Davies (Splendido) and David Kaufman, owner of The Truffle. Game Creek Restaurant on Vail Mountain5 – 9 p.m.
Coffee SeminarA tour through the world of coffee. Chris Chantler, owner of Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company, will present coffees from each of the coffee-producing regions of the world. An informal tasting will give participants the opportunity to taste and compare the flavor characteristics of each region. Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa9:30 – 11 a.m.Guest Chef Luncheon featuring Jody AdamsGuest Chef Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant in Cambridge, Mass. demonstrates why she is one of the hottest chefs in the nation via this special luncheon. Larkspur Restaurant11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.Component Tasting SeminarShows the four basic components of wine and how they relate to the balance and harmony of wine. Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa2 – 3:30 p.m.Apres Ski Tasting: Life Beyond Chardonnay, Cabernet & MerlotThe ultimate apres party with a seemingly endless selection of our guest vintners world-class varietals, including pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, shiraz, riesling, zinfandel and more. Lodge at Vail3:30 – 6 p.m.Treasures of the New World A Small Batch Bourbon and Premium Cigar TastingCigar Aficionado magazine hosts this fun and popularcigar and spirit tasting. Sanctuary in Vail Village6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.Winemaker DinnersVail Village Restaurants7:30 p.m.
Cheese SeminarExplore the wonderful world of cheese, courtesy of Denvers The Truffle. Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa9:30 – 11 a.m.Mountaintop PicnicVail Mountain serves up the venue while a small army of highly acclaimed Vail Valley chefs prepare a gourmet feast. Guest wineries will supply a selection of fine wines.Vail Mountain12:30 – 3 p.m.The Battle of the Bartenders Margarita Mix-offSample new and classic margarita concoctions from the Vail Valleys top bartenders who will pour their own signature recipes as they compete for the People’s Choice Award. Tap Room in Vail Village4 – 5:30 p.m.Winemaker DinnersVail Village Restaurants7:30 p.m.
Fishing For Wine PairingsA Tasting of Umami, Seafood and WinesA tasting of five wines with a variety of seafood and examples of umami to explore and explain what wines pair best with which seafoods and why. Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa10 11:30 a.m.Guest Chef Luncheon Featuring Jacques HaeringerJacques Haeringer of LAuberge Chez Francois in Great Falls, Va., crafts several of the offerings that have made him a favorite on both coasts. Terra Bistro RestaurantNoon – 2 p.m.The Inside Track on California CabernetGet the inside track on cabernet in California with winespectatorschool.com. Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa3:30 – 5 p.m.Grand Tasting, Dance and AuctionAn unparalleled tasting and culinary spectacle featuring all participating restaurants, wineries and both guest chefs. Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa7 p.m. – midnight