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New Seminars and Wine Dinners Announced for the 32nd Annual Taste of Vail Food & Wine Festival Copy

Kate Lessman

The Taste of Vail announced its seminar lineup today as part of its 2024 event taking place April 3-6, 2024, in the heart of Vail, Colorado. As one of the nation's top food and wine festivals, it is one of the few events in the country that invites dozens of winemakers and owners from all over the world to pour wine and interact with participants. The Taste of Vail develops a series of new seminars each year designed to help food and wine enthusiasts expand their knowledge in entertaining and interactive sessions.

New Seminars and Wine Dinners Announced for 32 nd Annual Taste of Vail Food & Wine Festival


Featuring Top Winemakers and Chefs from Across The Country


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VAIL, Colo., March 5, 2024—The Taste of Vail announced its seminar lineup today as

part of its 2024 event taking place April 3-6, 2024, in the heart of Vail, Colorado. As one

of the nation's top food and wine festivals, it is one of the few events in the country that

invites dozens of winemakers and owners from all over the world to pour wine and

interact with participants. The Taste of Vail develops a series of new seminars each

year designed to help food and wine enthusiasts expand their knowledge in entertaining

and interactive sessions.


“The seminar and wine dinner lineup for The 2024 Taste of Vail represents the

continued evolution of our event featuring some of the foremost wine professionals in

the country paired with talented guest chefs from across the country,” said Angela

Mueller, executive director of The Taste of Vail. “These events will provide world-class

culinary and wine experiences intended to pique the interest of any food and wine

aficionado.”


Wine dinners to date include:


Opening Celebration Wine Dinner, Wednesday April 3, 6:00-8:00 pm, The

Sonnenalp Hotel,

Experience an unforgettable intimate evening of fine dining and exquisite wines at the

Sonnenalp Hotel. Indulge in a delightful culinary experience with Executive Chef Joshua

Marshall from Sonnenalp, (Vail, Colorado) who will work with guest chefs to prepare a

delectable menu paired by sommelier Zachary Lewison with the perfect Taste of Vail

wines to enhance your dining pleasure. $285


Charles Krug/Peter Mondavi Jr. Wine Dinner, Thursday April 4, 7:00-9:00 pm, The

Arrabelle

Peter Mondavi Jr. is the second son of Peter and Blanche Mondavi and grandson of

Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, the Napa Valley pioneers who purchased the historic

Charles Krug Winery in 1943. As co-proprietor with his brother Marc, he works on

issues of strategic importance, including stewardship of the family legacy. Charles Krug

Wine Dinner with Peter Mondavi and Executive Chef Nick Steger and Culinary team

from the Arrabelle, Executive Chef Dan Macguire and Executive Chef Jenn Davis from

Joe Zeppy’s (Fort Collins, Colorado). $285


Wine Dinner at Leonora, Thursday April 4, 7:00-9:00 pm

This exclusive event promises an enchanting ambiance and a delectable selection of

wines paired with exquisite dishes. Executive Chef Kevin Erving and guest chefs will

take you through exquisite pairings. $265


Peay Wine Dinner, Friday, April 5, 6:00-8:00 pm, Root & Flower

Join Root & Flower and Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards for a five course dinner with wine

pairings. The perfect evening during the Taste of Vail weekend. $285


Closing Celebration Dinner, April 6: 7:00 -9:00 pm

To culminate the Taste of Vail week, enjoy our new final dinner where guests will start

the evening off with Vail-based Grazing Fox charcuterie boards followed by a delectable

meal from guest chef Josh Adams from Campione (Livingston, Montana) and Executive

Chef James London from Chubby Fish (Charleston, South Carolina). Both Chefs are

James Beard Award Semi finalists for Best Chef Category in their regions. $285


2024 seminars to date include:


Sturia Caviar Brought To You By Altamira, Thursday, April 4: 10:30-11:30, The

Sebastian, Vail

Join us for an exclusive seminar on the exquisite world of caviar. Indulge in an

unforgettable experience where you will discover the secrets behind this luxurious

delicacy. Our expert speakers will guide you through the fascinating history, production,

and tasting of Sturia Caviar. Immerse yourself in the art of caviar appreciation as you

savor its delicate flavors and learn about the different varieties. $100


Island Wines, Thursday, April 4: 11:30-12:30 pm The Sebastian, Vail

The islands of Corsica, Azores, Santornini, Canary Islands, Sardinia and Etna are

special places that have the ability to change our perspectives on life. Now come let

them change your perspective on wine. The wines raised on fiery volcanoes, windswept

archipelagos, tropical paradises and stony sea outcrops might just blow your mind. Join

wine writer Alder Yarrow for a tour through some of his favorite island wines from

around the world. Island attire optional. $85


Does Burgundy Speak German, Thursday April 4, 1:30-2:30 pm, Matsuhisa, Vail

Burgundy is the benchmark to which all great Chardonnay and Pinot Noir aspire, and

wines like Richebourg and Corton can be at once thrilling yet stunningly expensive to

drink. If the magic of Burgundy is in its soil and climate, then Germany's current wine

scene should have your attention—regions like Pfalz and Baden issue Burgundian

varieties that invite comparison to the famous French Grand Crus. Master Sommelier

Jesse Becker will lead a panel discussion with winemakers Fritz Becker, Weingut

Friedirch Becker and Claus Burmesiter from VDP. Weingut Heitlinger, two leading

German wine estates focused on Burgundian varieties, with commentary from

sommelier Andreas Harl from Matsuhisa Vail and Zack Musick from The German Wine

Collection. $85


The Library and Current Cabernet Sauvignon Release with Napa Vineyards,

Friday, April 5, 10:30-11:30 am, The Grandview Room, Lionshead

Join ZD Wines, Reynolds Family Wines, Truchard Winery and Fraiche Wine Group to

explore a tasting of their Cabernet Sauvignon from their library collection and current

release. This exclusive event celebrates the rich heritage of Napa Vineyards and

showcases the library and current releases of Cabernet Sauvignon. Indulge in a unique

opportunity to taste a curated selection of library wines, showcasing the exceptional

aging potential of Cabernet Sauvignon. Discover the passion and craftsmanship that

goes into producing these world-class wines. Engage with fellow wine enthusiasts,

exchange tasting notes and gain insights into the art of wine appreciation. $85


Colorado Wine Tasting, Saturday, April 6, 3:00- 5:00 pm, The Grandview Room,

Lionshead

Did you know that Colorado has over 160 wineries and that Wine Enthusiast Magazine

named Colorado a top wine destination in 2018? This seminar will allow you to learn

about our state's AVAs and taste the outstanding wines selected for the 2021

Governor's Cup Collection, ranging from traditional grapes to innovative styles. Come

enjoy the tasting. $85


Explore Il Porcellini Salumi, Friday, April 5, 3:00-4:00 pm, Location TBD

Il Porcellino salumi is an artisan meat producer based in Basalt, Colorado. From

packaging to processing, every step is done by hand. Come see what it takes to create

this masterpiece. All Il Porcellini Salumi products are handcrafted in small batches and

the company focuses on sustainably raised GAP certified meat, premium ingredients

and old-world processes with new world flavors. $85


Whisky Advocate Cocktail Seminar: From Classics to Modern Classics, Friday,

April 5, 5:30-6:30 pm Grandview Room, Lionshead

Come taste and learn how top bartenders are elevating classic cocktails to new flavor

heights. Join us for this hands-on tasting, where we will explore the cocktail culture's

most classic recipes: The Manhattan, Old Fashioned and Margarita. We will

demonstrate how top bartenders innovate and modify these classics into unique and

special recipes that can be easily prepared at home. $85


New Sonoma West Coast AVA with Andy Peay & Baron Ziegler, Saturday, April 6

10:30-11:30 am, Matsuhisa Vail

Get ready to discover why the new West Sonoma Coast AVA according to Galloni’s

Vinous, the New York Times, Robert Parker and just about every known critic has

emerged as the most highly regarded and sought-after region in America with renowned

wine gurus, Andy Peay from Peay Vineyards, and Baron Ziegler from Marine Layer

Wines. This event is a must for wine enthusiasts who want to explore the pure and

vibrant Chardonnay, Pinot and Syrah wines from these remote Pacific coastal hills. $85


Oregon Wine Seminar: Van Duzer, Willamette Valley AVA- Deductive, Archery

Summit, Saturday, April 6, 12:30-1:30 pm, Grandview Room

Explore the world of Oregon wines with experts from Van Duzer, Willamette Valley AVA,

and Archery Summit. Taste a variety of exquisite wines and learn about the deductive

method of wine tasting. Don't miss this unique opportunity to expand your wine

knowledge and palate. $85


A New Take on Wine Tasting: Exploring Wine's Texture through Art, Saturday

April 6, 2-3:30 pm, The Grandview Room, Lionshead

Join Epoch Estate Wines’ award-winning winemaker, Jordan Fiorentini where she will

walk you through her process of wine tasting - including how she visualizes and

illustrates flavors and textures to fully describe a wine. Taste Epoch’s world-renowned

wines and walk away with a new method of wine tasting that will expand your wine

knowledge and enjoyment. $85


See a full schedule and buy tickets for all events here. Tickets are available at

TasteofVail.com.


Access images of the festival here.


About the Taste of Vail Food and Wine Festival

Rated among the top food and wine festivals by Forbes, Travel+Leisure and USA

Today, Taste of Vail will celebrate Vail’s world class dining scene and participating

wineries' finest wines, at several different venues throughout North America's most

popular mountain resort from April 3-6, 2024. The Taste of Vail is one of the nation's

only events that invites dozens of winemakers and owners from all over the world to

pour wine and interact with participants. For more information and to purchase tickets

visit www.tasteofvail.com and follow Taste of Vail on Facebook and Instagram.


Media Contacts:


Taste of Vail

Kate Lessman, Think Big Media PR, kate@thinkbigmediapr.com, 970-333-3395

Ivie Parker, Ivie Parker Consulting, ivie@ivieparker.com, 843-442-7325

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