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Volunteer and Receive Comp Pass to a Taste of Vail Signature Event

February 26, 2015 11:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts PinterestTwitterFacebookCalling all volunteers! The Taste of Vail is looking for a number of enthusiastic volunteers to make its 25th anniversary food and wine festival the best yet. Taste of Vail is one of the hottest tickets every spring and volunteering is a great way to give back to the community while earning a free pass to an event or credit for your favorite non-profit organization. Volunteers must work a minimum of six or seven hours to receive a complimentary pass to either the American Lamb Cookoff & Apres Ski Tasting or the Mountain Top Picnic. Those required to volunteer a certain number of hours for various non-profit organizations, also can receive a credit for their time supporting Taste of Vail. Those selected to be volunteers for the event must attend a mandatory one-hour training session. Volunteers also may be required to attend meetings that are specific to their committee prior to the event. All volunteers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid e-mail address to submit an application. Taste of Vail gets a number of applicants each year so volunteers will be judged on a number of criteria including if they’ve volunteered in the past,… View Article

Taste of Vail Celebrates Milestone Anniversary Along with Participating Wineries

February 13, 2015 10:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts PinterestTwitterFacebookSince 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 PinterestTwitterFacebookAs 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 PinterestTwitterFacebookYou’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 PinterestTwitterFacebook 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… View Article

Organic Winery Spotlight: Paul Dolan Vineyards

March 20, 2014 10:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts PinterestTwitterFacebookLooking 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 PinterestTwitterFacebookThis 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 PinterestTwitterFacebookWhen 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 PinterestTwitterFacebookWe’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.