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Yes Way Rosé: Avon Liquor Buyer Cary Hogan Talks to Us About Why She Loves the Debut of Rosé

March 14, 2016 7:27 pm Published by Leave your thoughts One of our signature events, Debut of Rosé, is non-doubt a fan favorite. What better way to welcome the Spring season than with the debut of 2015 Rosés? The Debut will have more than 100 Rosé varietals to try, and takes place on Wednesday night, making it the perfect kick-off to Taste of Vail weekend! Avon Liquor Buyer Cary Hogan is no stranger to Taste of Vail, or the Debut of Rosé, having attended and volunteered at the event since its inception. We talked to Cary about the world of Rosé and what keeps her coming back to the event year after year. Hi Cary, thanks for taking the time to chat with us about all things Rosé! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself before we dive in? I am a Colorado native and have lived in the mountains most of my life, raising 2 wonderful boys who have followed me into the wine world. I have been involved in the wine, liquor and beer industry for over 30 years. I became passionate about wine, not just for the unbelievable versatility the world offers, but I also love the history, culture, geography and geology that is involved in the world… View Article

Ready, Set, Eat! Taste of Vail Restaurants.

March 7, 2016 10:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts As if the promise of a spring food and wine festival set in the mountains wasn’t enough to get us excited, the chance to sample and savor our way through the best of Vail Valley’s restaurants is even better. With more than 20 restaurants confirmed for Taste of Vail 2016, it’s time to start jogging a little more and swapping in some quinoa at dinnertime to help us make up for the extra calories we’ll happily consume March 30th – April 3rd.  Everyone’s favorite restaurants will be making an appearance at Taste of Vail 2016, including Flame Restaurant at Four Seasons Vail, where the steaks are always elevated. High-class, yet laid back Colorado fare will be found at Mountain Standard, Terra Bistro, Boxcar and the Fitz Bar & Restaurants’ spots. The always-impeccable Sweet Basil and the French-flared La Tour will no doubt have busy tables at the Grand Tasting.  Matsuhisa, from the Nobu family, lives up to its fame and will have a sushi grade dish sure to wow guests. Upscale Mexican at Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen from globally renowned chef Richard Sandoval is bringing its Latin flavor to events. On-mountain favorites Bistro Fourteen, Wildwood Smokehouse, Two Elk and The… View Article

Inside the Mountain Top Tasting: Five Things to Know to Make this Your Best Mountain Top Tasting Yet

March 1, 2016 10:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Taste of Vail’s Mountain Top Tasting, with its sea of white tents spread before you, can be a bit overwhelming if you haven’t been before. While some would say the best advice is to just jump right in and start sampling from the more than 50 wineries on site, other longtime attendees are a bit more strategic about the experience, not wanting to miss out on all the fun bites and drinks from their favorite local restaurants and wineries. From pork sliders and tacos overflowing with just-grilled meats and fresh toppings, to creamy corn and crab chowder, followed by Guinness s’mores, cupcakes blanketed in frosting, fresh strawberries and drizzled chocolate, no matter what the menu holds, it’s always guaranteed to be tasty. We talked with a few Taste of Vail veterans to get their advice so that any novice or expert can ensure 2016 is the best Mountain Top Tasting to-date. Come early Mountain Top Tasting Director Chris Benson recommends arriving right when the gates open. The event is only two-and-a-half hours long and Benson recommends starting with the food first. “There are usually only 15 or so restaurants attending, so I would try to get food first,” he said…. View Article

Wine Time: Three Wineries to Visit During Taste of Vail

February 2, 2016 9:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Unlike many industry wine events, Taste of Vail is unique in that the actual owner or winemaker is likely to be the smiling person pouring you a glass of wine at many of the booths, making the event feel more personal and surely making it more memorable. Here are three don’t-miss wineries confirmed for the 2016 Taste of Vail. ZD Wines: This family-owned and operated Napa Valley winery has been run by three generations of the deLeuze family. Two aerospace engineers —Norman deLeuze and Gino Zepponi — started the winery in 1969. It was the early pioneer days of the California wine industry and the men wanted to produce world-class chardonnay and pinot noir reminiscent of France’s renowned Burgundy wines. ZD stands for the initials of the founding partners’ last names as well as Zero Defects, an acronym for the quality control program during the space race that Norman and Gino were a part of while at AeroJet in Sacramento. This winery has a long history with the Taste of Vail, with three generations of the family having attended TOV. This year is no different as Associate winemaker Brandon deLeuze will attend. St. Innocent Winery: Mark Vlossak, who remains the winemaker… View Article

Taste of Vail Debuts Commemorative Artwork for 25th Anniversary

March 13, 2015 9:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Tasked with the challenge to create an iconic piece of art for Taste of Vail’s 25th anniversary April 8-11, local ad firm and event sponsor Avid Design put their best talent to the test. The selected design, created by Art Director Coni Terrado, was considered a labor of love given her brief hiatus and recent return to Vail. Terrado uses various digital techniques to create an abstract work of art, which depicts several iconic locations found in Vail Village and on Vail Mountain. Further detail connects the location to Taste of Vail with a glass of wine complimented by a bottle all set in the nature-filled landscape that is Vail. “To me, Taste of Vail is as iconic as the Covered Bridge, the Clock Tower, and the Back Bowls of Vail,” said Terrado. “It is part of what makes Vail so unique and special.” Terrado has spent the last five years living in two different countries, each six months at a time. After completing her graphic design degree in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she was ready to commit to Vail full-time. “Vail has a very special place in my heart, and I’m thrilled to be back,” said Terrado. “I love the… View Article

Taste of Vail Celebrates Milestone Anniversary Along with Participating Wineries

February 13, 2015 10:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Since its inception in 1990, Taste of Vail has prided itself not only in celebrating the Vail lifestyle, but also the passion and commitment behind its attending wineries. This is just one reason why dozens of winemakers and owners visit Vail every spring to showcase their products. More than 50 wineries are expected to attend the 25th anniversary of Taste of Vail presented by Audi; a number of which are celebrating milestone anniversaries. Klinker Brick Winery is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. About the Founders: Steve and Lori represent the fifth generation of their family to grow grapes in Lodi. They started Klinker Brick Winery and produced their first vintage of old vine zinfandel in 2000. About the Winery: Klinker Bricks are highly prized bricks that grace many of the historical buildings in Lodi, including their home. Chosen by Craftsmen architects in the 1920’s for their distinctive qualities, including unique shapes and dark, rich color, they are denser and heavier in weight than regular bricks. Rich, deep color, enormous density, unique and distinctive features are the same qualities found in Klinker Brick’s Old Vine Zinfandel and Farrah Syrah. About the Wine: 2012 Klinker Brick Farrah Syrah Received 91 points and… View Article

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