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Time For Wine

Telluride Wine Festival hosts culinary village and seminars in Mountain Village

When most people think about fine wines, they think of Napa Valley, or other parts of California and the Pacific Northwest. That’s about to change.

Telluride Wine Festival is focusing its palate on local fare this year, with Colorado wine and spirits tents and a new culinary village with the area’s finest locally grown and raised cuisine. “This year we’re taking a renewed regional approach with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and local wineries. We’re trying to raise awareness of what we have here,” says Sarah Harkness, the festival’s marketing director.

There’s probably no better place on earth than Mountain Village to sip good wine on a sunny, summer day. And this year, festival-goers will also be treated to craft cocktails made with spirits from Colorado distilleries, live cooking demos, a beer garden featuring regional micro-brews, and live music. There are also private dining events in some Mountain Village homes, including a paella dinner and a special cannabis and wine culinary pairing. Wine aficionados will also want to bring a notebook, as there are several interesting educational seminars.

The featured Mountain Village seminars are listed below and you can view to full Wine Festival schedule as well as purchase tickets on their website. Guests can buy weekend passes, single-day tickets, or just buy a ticket for an individual event that they’re interested in. “It’s really a choose-your-own adventure thing,” says Harkness.

Perfectly Pinot

10:30-11:30 am
Seminar Tent, Mountain Village

If you are passionate about Pinot Noir, why NOT try it for breakfast? This morning seminar gives you a unique opportunity to taste a collection of these sophisticated, limited-release wines crafted from world-class grapes grown in the prestigious regions of Russian River Valley, Santa Rita Hills, Anderson Valley, Willamette Valley, and other coastal regions of the West Coast. Featuring Bob Iantosca from Gloria Ferrer, Mike Sullivan from Benovia, and wines from Davis Bynum and The Calling.
MODERATOR: Chris Sawyer
SPECIAL GUESTS: Bob Iantosca-Executive Winemaker-Gloria Ferrer, Mike Sullivan-Winemaker-Benovia Winery

Seminar: "Rhone If You Want To"  ($75)

2:30-3:30 pm
Seminar Tent, Mountain Village

The world is just better through rose-colored glasses - well, when they are holding red, white, and pink wines anyway. Just ask the growing number of talented American winemakers who are crafting world-class wines made with Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier and the intriguing grape varieties brought over from the Rhone Valley of France. Learn about the characteristics of the special grapes used to make a wide range of flavorful red and white still wines, dry pink wines, and complex blends that are great to pair with a wide range of cuisine all year long. MODERATOR: Chris Sawyer
SPECIAL GUESTS:  Lise Ciolino-Winemaker-Montemaggiore, David Phillips-Winemaker-Michael David Wine.

Seminar: "Mixed Bag of Mixed Blacks:" Preserving Rare Old-Vine Wines ($75)

4:30-5:30 pm
Seminar Tent, Mountain Village

Before Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon became the most popular red grapes to plant west of the Rockies, most of the full-bodied red wines were made with Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, and other legendary grape varietals referred to as "mixed blacks." Join us at this rare opportunity to taste and find out what proprietors of the Robert Biale Vineyard, Hamel Family Wines and other special producers from Napa Valley and Sonoma County are doing to preserve these old vines as you experience this magnificent series of limited-release wines.
MODERATOR: Chris Sawyer
SPECIAL GUESTS: Chris Dearden-Robert Biale Vineyards

Seminar: "Inventing an Icon": The Art & Craft of Proprietary Red Blends  ($75)

10:30-11:30 am
Seminar Tent, Mountain Village

From elegant to powerful, the profiles of complex red wine blends made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and other special grape varieties offer flavor profiles that set themselves apart from all the rest. Learn more about the art of crafting these “proprietary blends” while tasting through a magnificent array of these special full-bodied wines made with pristine fruit from world-class vineyards in Napa Valley and beyond.
MODERATOR: Chris Sawyer

Seminar: "Morning After" Cocktails  ($40)

9:30-10:30 am
VIP Clubhouse, Mountain Village

Wipe the sleep from your eyes, throw on some fresh clothes, pop a few Aleve, and grab your cocktail shaker — it's time for some hair of the dog! Join some of our favorite mixologists as you stave off a hangover and learn how to whisk up some unique concoctions that any brunch table would be proud to present. Coffee will be served.

The Peaks Resort and Spa is a great option for lodging in Telluride with it's location just a short walk from the Wine Festival activities as well as the free gondola to the Town of Telluride.