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New Seminars Announced for 29th Annual Taste of Vail Food & Wine Festival

CREATED: 2019-03-29 04:40 PM

Tickets on Sale Now and Selling Fast

Vail, Colo., February 13, 2019--The Taste of Vail, announced seminars today as part of its 2019 event taking place April 3-6, 2019 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 entertaining and interactive sessions. For 2019, the seminars include a global focus that highlights some of the best winemaking regions of the world.

"The seminars for The 2019 Taste of Vail are one of our best years yet and represent a worldwide tasting and learning experience that brings together exciting food and wine combinations," said Angela Mueller, Taste of Vail Director. "Additionally, we thrilled to host an amazing line up of some of the most foremost expert wine professionals in the country. Tickets are selling fast and now is your chance to expand your horizons and try a seminar experience."

2019 seminars to date include:

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Cupping & Tour
Thursday April 4, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea, Minturn, $40
Join Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea coffee expert from over 25 years of experience. A cupping seminar and tour of the roasters. Find out what happens to make your coffee unforgettable.

Corsica with Lyle Railsback and Brett Zimmerman
Friday April 5, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Location TBD, $55
At Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants, all the rave is about the wines of Corsica. In 30 years, Corsican vineyards have transformed. Its size has been reduced, its vignerons have strengthened, and its wines have developed in charm and typicity thanks to the rediscovery of local varietals. Kermit Lynch says "Corsica is the most exciting wine region in France". A bold statement that comes from one of the greatest importers of European Wines. Please join Lyle Railsback, a 10 year Kermit Lynch veteran and recognized as one of the "Top 40 under 40" wine professionals in the country, and Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman of Boulder Wine Merchant for a tasting and introduction of Corsican wines. A seminar that should not be missed.

Understanding Sustainably, Organic and Conventional Viticulture in Napa Valley
Friday April 5, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm | Location TBD, $55
Please join Winemaker and Vineyard Manager Mark Neal from Neal Vineyards, Braiden Albrecht, Winemaker at famous Mayacamas Winery and Mike Reynolds from Hall Wines to learn about the difference in Farming Methods and taste six different vintages from three of Napa Valley's most highly acclaimed producers. Topics of discussion will be the difference in viticultural approaches throughout the Napa Valley and a tasting of wines spanning 14 years.

It's all Greek to Me
Saturday April 6, 2019 | 10:30 am - 11:45 am | Location TBD, $55
We're taking you on a trip through Greece, an ancient birthplace of wine. Join Ted Diamantis, owner and founder and probably the most knowledgeable mind for Greek wine in the business to help decode the country, its wines and the pronunciation of a handful of wines that will surprise your taste buds.

Discovering Santa Barbara with Author and Sommelier Rajat Parr, Master Sommelier Will Costello, and Winemaker from Scar of the Sear, Michael Brughelli
Saturday April 6, 2019 | 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm | Location TBD, $55
Famous Sommelier, Author of several books and star in the movie Somm 3, Rajat Parr, is joined by Master Sommelier Will Costello of Bien Nacido Vineyards and Winemaker of Scar of the Sea, Michael Brughelli to lead through a tasting of Santa Barbara Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This is a must attend seminar of some of America's best minds in wine.
The group will discuss Santa Barbara's unique climate and explain some of the different appellations within Santa Barbara County and argue why Santa Barbara should be considered one of the best places in the world to grow grapes in.
Seminar tickets now available for purchase at Tickets are non-refundable.

The Pursuit of Premier Cru Status in Burgundy's Pouilly Fuisse
Saturday April 6, 2019 | 2:30 pm -3:45 pm | Location TBD, $55
Pouilly Fuisse has been a household name in the wine world for decades and it is well on the way to clear the final hurdle of designating its finest vineyards to 1er Cru status.
Joseph Burrier of Chateau Beauregard along with Wilson Daniels Imports Education Director William Davis, representing the Pouilly Fuisse Estate of Roc de Boutires, will lead through a seminar on the famous region of Pouilly Fuisse in Burgundy. The panel will be moderated by Master Sommelier Jesse Becker from Chicago.

Seminar 4-Pack and 6-Pack Tickets
Additionally guests can purchase a Seminar 6-Pack or 4-Pack of tickets for $185 and $150 respectively. These passes are a great option for those wanting a more intimate learning experience with participating wineries and local chefs and allows guests into 6 or 4 seminars of their choosing. For use April 3-6,2019.

The 29th 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 four-day festival attendees experience signature events including the 2018 Debut of Rosé, The American Lamb Cook-Off and Après Ski Tasting, The Mountain Top Tasting and The Grand Tasting & Auction as well as seminars, intimate wine pop ups, dinners and more.

Signature Event Tickets Also on Sale Now
The signature Mountain Top Tasting is currently available for $150; The Lamb Cook Off & Après Ski Tasting is $85; Debut of Rosé 2018 is $59 and the Grand Tasting for $220. Save with a Signature Four Pass Event Package with tickets to all flagship events for $449. To purchase tickets visit

Lodging Packages Available
Stay and enjoy the events at The Taste of Vail. Book your lodging now with rates starting at $140/night.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the 29th Annual Taste of Vail, please visit or call (970) 401-3320. Also, follow on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and #tasteofvail2019

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 3-6, 2019. In addition to the new seminars offered during the 29th Annual Taste of Vail, the event includes Debut of 2018 Rosé, the American Lamb Cook-off and Après Ski Tasting, the Mountain Top Tasting 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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