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Seminars Announced for the 2016 Taste of Vail Food & Wine Festival

CREATED: 2016-02-11 09:13 PM

Vail, Colo. - Feb. 11, 2016 - Aside from hosting dozens of winemakers and vineyard owners from all over the world, Taste of Vail also creates a thoughtful lineup of seminars that provide a more intimate learning experience for participants. Featured seminars include pairing demonstrations using cigars, cocktails, food and wine along with further education on lesser-known varietals showcased at Taste of Vail March 30-April 3.

Long-time favorites such as Speed Dating with Pinot Noir and Cigar Tasting return in 2016, however new seminars such as Wake Up and Smell the Rosé and What Puts the Pop Inside of Sparkling Wine debut this year. Guests also will have a chance to connect with a number of master sommeliers during Meet the Masters. Following is a sample list of seminars for Taste of Vail. A full calendar of events is available on www.tasteofvail.com.

- Cigar Tasting - Thursday, March 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail. Participants have an opportunity to sample handcrafted cigars with a variety of tobacco blends. Cost: $60.

-What Puts the Pop Inside of Sparkling Wine? -Friday, April 1 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Location: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail. Sparkling wine is not just for special occasions. The range of flavors found in the array of wines is ideal anytime. This Sparkling Wine 101 session educates participants on where the name "champagne" comes from, what is it with the bubbles and more. Cost: $55.

- Wake Up and Smell the Rosé - Saturday, April 2 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Location TBD. Join representatives from Chateau D' Esclans to tour the nuances of rosé wine. The differences range from subtle to extreme. Learn which grape varieties make up this delightful type of wine and see wine paired with breakfast selections. Cost: $60.

- Speed Dating with Pinot Noir - Saturday, April 2 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Location TBD. Winemakers will move from table-to-table, introducing their wine to participants in seven minutes or less. Find out about the challenging journey of the pinot noir grape as it is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, from cultivation to wine. Cost: $60.

- Real Olive Oil with Steve Lewis - Saturday, April 2 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location TBD. Steve Lewis from Giuliana Imports returns once again for this popular seminar that explores the origins of olive oil, what is pure olive oil and the health benefits of the internationally popular product. Taste the difference between spicy, peppery and rich olive oils. Cost: $55.

- Pair with Masters - Saturday, April 2 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Location: TBD. Taste of Vail connection concessioners with experts and this session is no exception. Meet some of the best, most intriguing Master Sommeliers, while they pair food with wine. - Larry Stone founder of Lingua Franca Wines and Dean of Wine Studies of the International Culinary Center, Damon Ornowski from SWS of Colorado and Vail's own Sean Razee. Cost: $55.

- The Remedy Brunch - Sunday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Remedy Bar at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail. Enjoy the last morning of Taste of Vail with brunch at The Remedy. Cost: $52 per person. Includes choice of one Bloody Mary or mimosa.

Additional information on seminars showcased at the 2016 Taste of Vail will be released in the coming weeks and can be found on www.tasteofvail.com.

Taste of Vail offers a variety of ticket options for the 2016 event including a Signature Event Pass and special seminar packs. The Signature Event Pass provides access to the Debut of 2015 Rosé, the American Lamb Cook-off & Après Ski Tasting, Mountain Top Tasting and Grand Tasting for $405. Four and Six-Pack Seminar passes also are available for attendees to experience a wide range of entertaining and educational sessions. The Four-Pack is on sale for $150 and the Six-Pack is currently $185. These seminar packs are non-transferrable and guests will need to sign up for individual sessions once they are announced.

Individual event tickets also are on sale now with the Debut of 2015 Rosé available for $50, American Lamb Cook-off for $85, Mountain Top Tasting is available for $140 and the Grand Tasting for $185.

Rated among the top food and wine festivals by Forbes, Travel Channel and USA Today, Taste of Vail is held at several different venues throughout North America's most popular mountain resort from March 30 to April 3, 2016. In addition to the seminars offered during this years Taste of Vail, the event will include Debut of 2015 Rosé, the American Lamb Cook-off and Après Ski Tasting, the Mountain Top Tasting and the Grand Tasting. Taste of Vail is the nation's only event that invites dozens of winemakers and owners from all over the world to pour wine and interact with participants.

Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail's founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth

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