Wine Tasting and Seminars

Elevate Your Palate, and Your Knowledge

March 25, 2019 8:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Each year, Taste of Vail offers a variety of seminars designed to give attendees the opportunity to both interact with, and learn from, some of the nation’s best winemakers and Sommeliers.

The 2019 line-up of seminars maintains a global focus that highlights some of the best winemaking regions of the world. There’s no passport required for this global experience, but do bring a thirst for knowledge, and fine wine!

And don’t worry—you won’t be missing out on other events while you’re in a seminar! All seminars are scheduled strategically around Tate of Vail’s signature events to allow participants to enjoy every possible experience.

Get to know Taste of Vail’s 2019 Seminars:

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Cupping & Tour

Thursday, April 4th, 10 am – 11:30 am

While this 4-day festival certainly celebrates the love our attendees have for grapes—and all the heavenly things that are crafted from them, we also want to celebrate the ultimate day-starter, the coffee bean.

This seminar will be hosted by a coffee expert with 25 years of experience from Vail’s own Mountain Coffee & Tea. Coffee lovers will find out firsthand what it takes to turn a bean into a dearly beloved beverage.

Riedel Seminar 2019

Thursday, April 4th, 1:30-3:00 pm

Do you prefer a stemless wine glass, or with a stem? Or perhaps you prefer a big ol’ goblet?

Wine experts Shelley Sale and Sean Razee come together with four Taste of Vail wineries in this seminar to teach attendees about the effects glassware has on wine.

Vertical Dessert Wine Pairing

Thursday, April 4th, 5:30-6:30 pm

The Vertical Dessert Wine Pairing seminar is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. This seminar has dessert on offer before dinner—if that’s not enough to peak your interest, there’s going to be an incredible assortment of vintage wines, too.

Renowned Vail Valley Chef Molly Harrison of Hovey and Harrison will be creating decadent desserts that pair effortlessly, and perfectly, with a Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance vintage wine (dating from 2012-2014). Each dessert is chosen specifically to compliment the flavors of Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance vintage wines.

Who knew seminars could be so delicious?


Friday, April 5th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Vive la France! Take a virtual trip to Corsica with some of the best in the biz.

Lyle Railsback (who’s been recognized as one of the “Top 40 under 40” wine professionals!) and Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman invite seminar guests to a tasting and introduction to Corsican wines courtesy of Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants.

Kermit Lynch argues that “Corsica is the most exciting wine region in France,” come see—and taste—for yourself!

Understanding Sustainably, Organic and Conventional Viticulture in Napa Valley

Friday, April 5th, 5 pm- 6:30 pm

Want to learn a bit more about how wines are made from grape cultivation to harvest? Three extraordinary wine experts will be walking seminar guests through various farming methods used in winemaking—particularly those used in Napa Valley.

Leading the discussion will be Winemaker and Vineyard Manager Mark Neal from Neal vineyards, Braiden Albrecht, Winemaker at famous Mayacamas Winery and President of Hall Wines, Mike Reynolds.

In this seminar, guests will taste six vintage wines spanning 14 years. Is there anything better than time travel by way of a great vintage bottle of wine?

It’s all Greek to Me

Saturday, April 6th, 10:30 am-11:45 am

Have a love for Mediterranean wines? This seminar, highlighting Greek wines (and how to pronounce their names!), is the one for you!

Moderated by Master of Wine Ashley Hausman, Ted Diamantis, owner and founder and probably the most knowledgeable mind for Greek wine in the business, will guide guests on an exploration of Greek Wine.

And, of course, there will be wines from the region for tasting!

Discovering Santa Barbara

Saturday, April 6, 12:30-1:45 pm

Come listen to some of the best minds in wine discuss the art of growing grapes in Santa Barbara, California.

Together, Sommelier, Author, and star in the movie Somm 3, Rajat Parr, Master Sommelier Will Costello of Bien Nacido Vineyards, and Winemaker of Scar of the Sea, Michael Brughelli will discuss Santa Barbara’s unique growing climate, and likely convince attendees of a fact which they already believe to be true—Santa Barbara should be considered one of the best places in the world to grow grapes in.

These wine experts will also bring seminar attendees through a tasting of Santa Barbara Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The Pursuit of Premier Cru Status in Burgundy’s Pouilly Fuisse

Saturday, April 6, 2:30-3:45 pm

A pillar in the wine industry for decades, Pouilly Fuisse is on the path to securing sought after 1er or Premier Cru status.

Master Sommelier Jesse Becker will lead Joseph Burrier of Chateau Beauregard and Wilson Daniels Imports Education Director William Davis, in a discussion of the famous region of Pouilly Fuisse in Burgundy.

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