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Telluride Ski Resort's Wine Director Nominated as "Sommelier/Wine Director of the Year"

Andrew Shaffner one of five nominees honored by Wine Enthusiast Magazine

TELLURIDE, Colorado (September 1, 2015) – Today, Andrew Shaffner, Telluride Ski Resort’s Wine Director, was announced as a nominee for Wine Enthusiast’s annual “Wine Star” awards. Shaffner is one of five nominees in the “Sommelier/Wine Director of the Year” category.

“It’s such an honor to be included on this list of Wine Star nominees,” said Andrew Shaffner, wine director at Telluride Ski Resort. “We have focused heavily on building our wine programs across the Resort over the past several years, and this nomination is as much a reflection of the team’s larger work as anything else.”

Nominees for the annual Wine Star awards are selected by the team of editors at Wine Enthusiast Magazine and represent the most influential members of the beverage industry this year.

Shaffner was named Wine Director in December 2013, after spending five years as the General Manager of Alpino Vino throughout the winters and as a sommelier at Allred’s Restaurant during the summer. After taking the position as Wine Director, Shaffner focused on building the Resort’s wine list across its 10 restaurants based on trends in the wine market and the Resort’s guests. Prior to coming to Telluride, he spent time at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas as the Assistant Wine Director.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Andrew and the work he has done,” said Stephen Roth, executive director of culinary services. “He has worked so hard to develop a world-class wine program at the Resort, and this nomination is a testament to that.”

The Wine Star winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 3rd and Wine Star Award Trophies will be presented and celebrated in late January in New York City.

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About Telluride Ski & Golf

Telluride Ski & Golf, rated the #1 ski resort in North America by Conde Nast Traveler (2013, 2014 & 2015), offers spectacular skiing, riding, golf and recreation opportunities. Located in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, Telluride is tucked among the highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in North America. From families to thrill seekers, the ski resort offers unmatched scenic beauty and incredible terrain consisting of 127 trails and over 2,000 acres. Golfers can enjoy teeing off on one of the highest altitude courses with an 18-hole par-70, 6,574-yard course at 9,417 feet above sea level. While visiting Telluride, take advantage of world-class dining, sophisticated shopping options, luxury hotels and exquisite spas all offering exceptional service. Non-stop flights are available from 11 major hubs, and the free gondola transportation system makes getting around Telluride easy. For more information visit,

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