Wednesday’s Taste of Vail bites: Rose season is in the air |

Wednesday’s Taste of Vail bites: Rose season is in the air

VAIL — The 24th Annual Taste of Vail kicks off today with four days of celebrating the Vail lifestyle along with the area’s food and wine culture. Visitors still can buy a full festival pass to experience all of Taste of Vail or participate in select events and seminars throughout the weekend.

Experience food and wine with USA Today at the 2014 Debut of Rose at Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead Village. Hundreds of festivalgoers are expected throughout the streets of from 3 to 6 p.m., sampling some the newest pink wine releases of 2014. Said to be the largest rose debut of its kind, the 2014 Debut of Rose will feature more than 150 labels from around the world.

In addition, local restaurants will provide local pairings for participants to enjoy while sampling from the largest selection of rose wines.

Terra Bistro in Vail Village will host the Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyard at an exclusive reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To reserve your space for the reception, please visit or call Terra Bistro directly at 970-476-6836.

Additionally, a first-time collaboration between Flame and La Tour restaurants, Smackdown is a distinctive cooking and pairing competition that has these two restaurants competing for guests’ votes to decide the ultimate winner, and bragging rights. The event will take place Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Four Seasons Resort, Vail.

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A number of restaurants also are hosting winemaker dinners this evening. A complete list of dinners and activities are available at

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