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Five Favorite Spring Events in Vail This Year

February 9, 2015 8:39 pm Published by Leave your thoughts As the days grow longer and the bluebird skies become more frequent, locals and guests of Vail are often found soaking up the last few weeks of skiing on Vail Mountain. During the months of March and April, spring skiing is accompanied by sunshine and soft snow. In addition, there are a number of great events happening on-mountain and throughout Vail Village to celebrate the change of seasons, the love of winter sports and the Vail lifestyle. If you’re looking to plan your next Vail vacation, here are some upcoming events to consider: Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships – March 2-7 The world’s best snowboarders come together to take part in the longest running, premier snowboarding event presented by MINI. Enjoy halfpipe and slopestyle competitions performed by elite athletes as well as concerts, events, demos and more. Pink Vail – March 21 The world’s biggest, pinkest ski party has raised more than $1 million to benefit the “Spirit of Survival” program at Shaw Regional Cancer Center. This unique survivorship program offers all cancer patients and survivors at Shaw the opportunity to receive free exercise training, nutrition coaching, emotional support, outdoor adventures, a nurse navigator, massages, integrative treatments and much more…. View Article

Participate in This Week’s Wine Hunt and You Could Win Tickets to Taste of Vail

January 16, 2015 9:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts You’re invited to participate in a social Wine Hunt for the chance to win either two tickets to the Mountaintop Picnic or the grand prize of two Signature Passes to the 25th anniversary of Taste of Vail. From Jan. 17-24, simply like the Taste of Vail Facebook page and follow the clues that will be posted throughout the week in order to find four wine bottles hidden (similar to the ones picture) in Vail. In order to enter, a picture of you and the wine bottle must be either uploaded to the contest tab on Taste of Vail’s Facebook page or tagged on Instagram or Twitter with #tasteofvail2015. Participants who enter via Instagram must make sure that their profile is public prior to tagging #tasteofvail2015. A new location with a different wine bottle will be revealed throughout the week so participants are encouraged to follow the clues posted on Facebook in order to increase their chances of winning. Those who have located and uploaded pictures from one to three locations will automatically be entered to win two tickets to Taste of Vail’s signature Mountain Top Picnic. Participants who upload images from all four wine bottle locations will be entered to… View Article

Mountain Standard Takes Home Top Honors at the 10th Annual Colorado Lamb Cook-Off at Taste of Vail

April 7, 2014 2:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts The 10th Annual Colorado Lamb Cook-Off & Après Ski Tasting sponsored by the American Lamb Board took place on April 3 as part of the Annual Taste of Vail.  Sous Chef Christopher Schmidt from Mountain Standard won top honors for his Lamb Dogs with Za’atar Yogurt and Cucumber Relish. Second place went to Hooked and third place went to Zino Ristorante. The People’s Choice winner was Matsuhisa. Chef Schmidt’s dish was inspired by the start of baseball season.  “We added some northern African/Middle Eastern flavors to a lamb hot dog,” he said. “It combines unfamiliar flavors in a familiar application.”   The lamb hot dog included several toppings as well as lamb bacon.  The judges gave top scores to the dish, recognizing that it was well executed and offered great accompaniments. The event, held throughout the streets of Vail Village, showcased 22 of the area’s finest chefs preparing an array of innovative lamb dishes featuring Colorado lamb. Each tasting was complimented by participating wineries. “American Lamb was showcased in diverse dishes – from lamb meatballs to lamb tamales to lamb ravioli,” said Megan Wortman, executive director of the Denver-based American Lamb Board. “The event is now in its 10th year and… View Article

Organic Winery Spotlight: Paul Dolan Vineyards

March 20, 2014 10:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Looking for organic wine varietals at this year’s Taste of Vail? Look no further. Paul Dolan Vineyards has been producing organic and biodynamic wines for more than eight years. With organically grown wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfadel, Paul Dolan Vineyards aims to create wines with a distinct sense of place. Located in the heart of Mendocino County, Northern California, Paul Dolan Vineyards is comprised of a secluded piece of land rich in biological diversity and unique microclimates. Paul Dolan Vineyards’ grapes are sourced from organic and biodynamic vineyards, and their balanced winemaking practices support each bottling’s expression of terroir for wines of unforgettable character. At Paul Dolan Vineyards, organic grape growing and wine making are approached as a partnership with nature instead of an exploitation of the land. This takes patience, requiring more time in the vineyard. There are no short cuts or quick fixes with organic farming, but the care invested creates healthy soil, balanced grapes, and elegant wines that are expressive of place. Look for Paul Dolan Vineyards at the 24th Annual Taste of Vail. For more information or to purchase tickets for Taste of Vail, visit www.tasteofvail.com.

Calling All Volunteers – Make $2,000 for Your Favorite Nonprofit

March 14, 2014 9:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts This year, Taste of Vail is adding a twist to its volunteer program. The organizers of the event would like to donate $2,000 to a number of nonprofit groups in the Vail Valley who are willing to rally the troops to sell tickets and volunteer for the annual food and wine event. Taste of Vail is looking for a group of 20 volunteers from each nonprofit organization to sell 20 Mountain Top Picnic and/or Grand Tasting Tickets and volunteer six to seven hours for the event. For this time and effort, Taste of Vail will donate $2,000 to the non-profit organization. In addition, for every ticket sold, above the original 20 tickets, the organization will receive a donation of 20 percent of the ticket sales. Organizations interested in participating in the Taste of Vail volunteer/non-profit program, can contact Angela Mueller at info@tasteofvail.com. All other individuals willing to volunteer for the 24th Annual Taste of Vail can email kathie@tasteofvail.com.

New Winery Spotlight: Jeff Runquist Wines

March 10, 2014 2:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts When you first visit the Jeff Runquist Wine’s website and visit the awards page, you might notice the Runquist’s enormous track record of awards and accolades. Jeff Runquist Wines have been topping the charts since 2006, when Runquist purchased a five acre walnut orchard in Amador County, California. Already in 2014, Jeff Runquist Wines racked up more than a dozen bronze, silver, gold and even double gold medals from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Runquist produces wines from grapes grown throughout California. At last count he was planning to crush over twenty different varieties from nine different appellations for the 2013 vintage. Most of these wines are produced in very small limited quantities. However, there are four principle wines that the winery strives to have available throughout the year and they are: Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Barbera, and Petit Verdot. Taste of Vail is honored to host Jeff Runquist and his wife, Margie, to the 24th Annual Taste of Vail. Look for the award-winning Jeff Runquist Wines at Taste of Vail on April 2-5, 2014. To purchase tickets, please click here.

Winner Selected for Taste of Vail’s Mountaintop Picnic Giveaway

February 25, 2014 11:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts We’d like to congratulate Becky from Denver for winning Taste of Vail’s Mountaintop Picnic Giveaway. With more than 200 entries, Becky was randomly selected and will be receiving two tickets to enjoy ski country’s most celebrated picnic along with overnight lodging accommodations in Vail. The Mountaintop Picnic is located at 10,350 feet above sea level in a hand-built snow arena near Vail Mountain’s Eagle Bahn Gondola. Chefs from Vail’s top restaurants serve up gourmet foods, while guest wineries pour selections of their finest varietals. Guests can ski over or take the gondola out of Lionshead to access the on-mountain picnic. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Taste of Vail’s website.

Last Chance: Enter to Win Tickets to Taste of Vail’s Mountaintop Picnic

February 21, 2014 3:16 pm Published by 3 Comments Here’s your final chance to win tickets to ski country’s biggest and most celebrated picnic, Taste of Vail’s Mountaintop Picnic on Friday, April 2. All it takes is a completed entry form for the opportunity to take part in a gourmet picnic complete with fine wine, craft beer and cocktails on Vail Mountain. Refer friends, tweet us or follow us on Pinterest for even more chances to win! The Mountaintop Picnic is located at 10,350 feet above sea level in a hand-built snow arena near Vail Mountain’s Eagle Bahn Gondola. Chefs from Vail’s top restaurants serve up gourmet foods, while guest wineries pour selections of their finest varietals. Guests can ski over or take the gondola out of Lionshead to access the on-mountain picnic. Taste of Vail’s Mountain Top Giveaway includes two tickets to the event as well as overnight accommodations. The giveaway closes on Feb. 25 at 8 a.m., so get your entries in as soon as you can. The winner will be announced on Feb. 26.

Taste of Vail Featured Winery: Souverain

February 13, 2014 6:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts With a revamped brand, Souverain begins 2014 with a fresh look that brings out its rich history. The new label depicts a crown, a cluster of grapes, the California golden bear and the thistle of Scotland, a tribute to winery founder Lee Stewart’s heritage. Historically known as a reliable, value-oriented Sonoma producer, the Souverain label not only begins the year with a reinvigorated look, but also a new range of North Coast wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. Those wines will join the Souverain classics such as the Winemaker’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alexander Valley and Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley for the first time at the 24th Annual Taste of Vail food and wine festival. The history of Souverain began in the Napa Valley in 1944 when J. Leland “Lee” Stewart harvested his first crop of wine grapes from his Howell Mountain property in the northern part of the valley. At the suggestion of his young daughter, Stewart named his winery “Souverain” (taken from the French word for “sovereign” or “supreme”), and his Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings from the 1960s were considered by many to be just that. The winery moved to the… View Article