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New Seminars Announced for 28th Annual Taste of Vail Food & Wine Festival

CREATED: 2018-03-20 07:06 PM

Vail, Colo., March 9, 2018--The Taste of Vail, announced seminars today as part of its 2018 event taking place April 4-8, 2018 in the heart of Vail, Colorado. As one of the nation's top food and wine festivals, it is one of the few events in the country that invites dozens of winemakers and owners from all over the world to pour wine and interact with participants.

The Taste of Vail develops a series of new seminars each year designed to help food and wine enthusiasts expand their knowledge in fun and interactive sessions. For 2018, the seminars include a global focus that highlights some of the best winemaking regions of the world. New seminars include:

Beaujolais - The Rise:
Please join Lyle Railsback of Kermit Lynch Imports and Charlie Humphries for a seminar on Beaujolais. We will dive into an explanation of the rising quality of Beaujolais wines and why it's become most sommeliers' darling. The seminar will explain the 'Cru System' and further evaluate the status of the region in the world of wine and how vintners approach to shed its questionable image of the past. Kermit Lynch has been regarded as the most successful importer of Beaujolais and amongst the producers tasted during this seminar will be the great wines of Domaine Thivin, Guy Breton and the ever-popular Jean Foillard. Friday, April 6, 3:00-4:00 pm.

Explore the New and the Old of Oregon Wines:
Join Oregon winemakers and owners including Brian O'Donnell from Belle Pente, Mark Vlossak of St. Innocent and Flo Merlier from Van Duzer as they discuss the changing wines of Oregon. Thursday, April 5, 2:00-3:00 pm.

Tuscany with San Felice, Dievole and Brizio:
Master Sommelier Sean Razee, Ken Echols and Milko Miladinov will lead a tasting to explore the differences between Tuscany's famous regions of Chianti, Montalcino and Bolgheri. They will talk about the resurgence of quality in Chianti, the continuous evolution of the popular Brunello di Montalcino and the status of Bolgheri in the world of wine.
Friday, April 6th, 4:30-6:00 pm.

Discover South African Sauvignon Blanc with Jaqueline Harris:
Often described as a stylistic bridge between New Zealand and Sancerre, does South African Sauvignon Blanc have what it takes to be the next white wine preference of the wine savvy and food-centric consumers of the USA? Saturday, 9:00 am- 10:30 pm.

The Rise of Pflaz Germany: Tasting of Reisling, Pinot Noir and More
The region once world famous for its noble sweet Rieslings has broadened its portfolio thanks to changing climatic conditions and is now home to some of Germany's finest dry Rieslings, Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Join winemakers Fritz Becker from winery Friedrich Becker in Schweigen and Richard Grosche from winery Reichsrat von Buhl in Deidesheim on a journey through Pfalz. Saturday, April 7, 11:00 am-12:30 pm.

Rhone Wines of Paso Robles: An Evolution of Wine and Appellation, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and BeyondJoin associate winemaker from Halter Ranch, Molly Lonborg, Executive Winemaker and Vineyard Manager from Tablas Creek, Neil Collins, Owner and winemaker of Linne Calodo Matt Trevisan, Owner of Villa Creek and former Vail Valley Resident, Cris Cherry. The group will be exploring the Paso Robles AVA, (American Viticultural Area's). The wines they will include are Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and beyond. Saturday, April 7, 1:00-2:30 pm.

All seminar tickets are now available and to see the most recent schedule of events and to purchase seminar tickets visit

The 28th Annual Taste of Vail features more than 30 guest chefs, restaurateurs, and sommeliers as well as more than 55 top wineries from around the world. Over the five-day festival attendees experience signature events including the 2017 Debut of Rosé, The American Lamb Cook-Off and Après Ski Tasting, The Mountain Top Tasting and the Reserve Grand Tasting as well as seminars, intimate wine pop ups, dinners and more.

Tickets on Sale Now
Individual event tickets and signature event passes are now on sale and selling quickly. Four and six-pack seminar tickets are now available for those wanting a more intimate learning experience with participating wineries and local chefs. The four-pack seminar tickets are on sale for $150 and a six-pack for $185. Individual seminar tickets are between $50 and $55. The signature Mountain Top Tasting is currently available for $150; The Lamb Cook Off & Aprés Ski Tasting is $85; Debut of Rosé 2017 is $55 and the Grand Tasting for $220. Save with signature event package with tickets to all flagship events for $430.

Lodging Packages Available
Stay and enjoy the events at The Taste of Vail. Book your lodging now with rates starting at $169/night.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the 27th Annual Taste of Vail, please visit or call (970) 401-3320. Also, follow on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and #tasteofvail

About the Taste of Vail Food and Wine Festival
Rated among the top food and wine festivals by Forbes, Travel Channel, and USA Today, Taste of Vail will celebrate Vail's world class dining scene and participating wineries finest wines, at several different venues throughout North America's most popular mountain resort from April 4-April 8, 2018. In addition to the new seminars offered during the 28th Annual Taste of Vail, the event includes Debut of 2017 Rosé, the American Lamb Cook-off and Après Ski Tasting, the Mountain Top Picnic, and the Grand Tasting. Taste of Vail is one of the nation's only events that invites dozens of winemakers and owners from all over the world to pour wine and interact with participants. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

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