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New Seminars Announced for 31st Annual Taste of Vail Food & Wine Festival

Kate Lessman

Tickets on Sale Now and Selling Fast

Vail, Colo., March 15, 2023 --The Taste of Vail announced its seminar lineup today as part of its 2023 event taking place April 5-8, 2023 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 lineup for The 2023 Taste of Vail represents a learning experience that brings together an exciting array of topics intended to pique the interest of any food and wine aficionado,” said Angela Mueller, executive director of The Taste of Vail. “Additionally, we are thrilled to host some of the most foremost expert wine professionals in the country. Tickets are selling fast and now is your chance to expand your horizons and try a seminar experience.”  


2023 seminars to date include:


All Things Tequila in One Bottle: Penta Tequila, April 6, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Grand View Room, Lionshead

Learn the history of tequila and the 5 states of origin, and the different expressions that Mexico has to offer. We will also discuss current trends in Tequila and how it has exploded in popularity around the world. You will also learn about one brand that has captured the best of all of these denominations in the first layered, complex tequila made by wine makers following an age-old craft using the blending arts, Penta Tequila. $80 

Explore Paso Robles Wines: Try Treasured and Unique, April 6, 5:30-6:30 pm, The Sonnenalp

Join and discuss Paso Robles wines: Halter Ranch, SixMileBridge, MAHA/Villa Creek, Clos Solene Wineries will discuss their unique topography and how it translates into outstanding wines. The Sonnenalp chefs will also provide small bites to pair with the wine offering. $80

1000 Miles of Pinot: WALT Wines, April 7, 10-10:45 am, The Sebastian 

Join WALT Wines General Manager Jeff Zappelli and explore their portfolio of pinot noir crafted from 1,000 Miles of prominent vineyards across the Pacific Coast. This seminar will look at the pinot noir varietal from 5 distinct vineyards, including the Shea Vineyard in Willamette Valley, The WALT Corners Estate in Anderson Valley, The WALT Bob’s Ranch Estate in the Sonoma Coast, the Rosella's Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands and the Clos Pepe Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills. Learn about these 5 dynamic growing regions through the lens of one winemaker. $80

 Three Ways to Rosé, April 7, 3-4 pm, The Sebastian 

There three main ways to make rose: Direct Press; Saignee (Free Run); and Assemblage/Blending. Shovel Blanc is a blended rose as is done in Champagne, France. Join Kristin the owner and winemaker of CSB Wine Company based in Willamette Valley, Oregon which makes Shovel Blanc Rose and learn about the different techniques and why she chose the blended approach. $80

Sturia Caviar & Wine, April 7, 4-5 pm, The Grand View Room, Lionshead  

Join us in enjoying the classic pairing of wine and caviar. Discover the world of caviar, or, if you are already a connaisseur, expand your gastronomical horizons. Each Sturia Caviar is created in the traditional method, and is completely unique: with each grain carefully selected to enhance and delight your experience. The variety and creativity of Sturia Caviar has won recognition from the world's most celebrated chefs. Come experience how the delicious salty taste of Sturia Caviar, the leading French caviar producer, is beautifully enhanced by and perfectly paired with Left Coast Estate, Margerum Wine Company & Pinea Wines. $120 

LaCroix Yoga at the Bavaria Room, April 8, 10:00-11:00 am, The Sonnenalp

Join us at Sonnenalp Hotel for LaCroix Yoga. The class will incorporate simple flowing sequences to warm up the body, as well as slower paced movements focusing on alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility. This class is appropriate for anyone of any age, shape or size. No experience or flexibility required. $10 

Riedel Tasting To Change Your Wine Forever, April 8, 10:30-11:30 am, The Grand View Room, Lionshead 

Join Riedel, Groth Vineyards & Winery and Silverado Vineyard along with Taste of Vail for an educational and entertaining program that will change your wine life forever! In a unique and fascinating wine tasting, sommelier Shelley Sale will demonstrate the relationship between the shape of a wine glass and our perception and enjoyment of the wine within. Experience first-hand the effect that the shape of a wine glass has on each unique varietal, and how stemware translates and delivers the bouquet, taste, balance, and finish of a wine to the senses. After the seminar, you will take home your own four-glass Riedel kit, valued at $150.00 , with one glass for each varietal. This year we are excited to release to Colorado the Veloce Glass. $120

A Taste of Colorado Wine, April 8, 11:30-12:30 pm, The Sebastian 

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 2022 Governor's Cup Collection, ranging from traditional grapes to innovative styles. Come enjoy the tasting. $80

West Coast Pinot Noir: A Tale of Terrior, April 8, 12:30-1:30 pm, The Grand View Room, Lionshead

Take a deep dive into the dirt of the Russian River and Willamette Valleys in this interactive terroir tasting! Join Moshin Vineyards and Belle Pente Vineyard. The game is simple: 4 wines and 4 piles of dirt. See if you can match the wine to its soil literally! The winemakers will reveal the linkage between the sensory characteristics of the wines and the place in which they are grown, and present 2 older wines to highlight the impact of vintage and climate change. Don’t miss this mini-master class in these top regions for California and Oregon Pinot Noir. $80

Bordeaux Blends: How and Why: April 8, 2-3:00 pm, The Sebastian

Join Aperture, Canard & Halter Ranch to learn the history of Bordeaux and taste their red blends from different AVA's of California: Calistoga, Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles learn the background behind these amazing wines from the winemakers themselves along with the how and why they are produced to become some of the best Bordeaux blends available. 

Tickets are available at See a full schedule 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 5-8, 2023. 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

Media Contacts: 

Taste of Vail 

Kate Lessman, Think Big Media PR,, 303-325-3036. 

Alexandra Chiafery, Think Big Media PR, 585.329.9670

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