The Taste of Vail is the nation’s premier spring food and wine festival, held at several venues throughout North America’s favorite ski resort. During the annual four-day event, upwards of 5,000 people are able to “Taste the Vail Valley lifestyle” which showcases Vail’s world-famous resort village set against dramatic mountain vistas. Participants at the Taste of Vail experience the Vail Valley’s world-class restaurants, fine wine poured by winemakers and winery owners from top wineries around the globe, along with interactive seminars, auction and dance, the Colorado Lamb Cook Off, apres ski tasting and the popular mountaintop picnic sensory extravaganza at the top of Vail Mountain. We hope you join us to enjoy this year’s Taste of Vail!
WHERE TO STAY
Stay in the heart of it all at The Sebastian – Vail which radiates an eclectic confluence of approachable chic and high-mountain comfort with luxury Vail accommodations ranging from guest rooms to residences plus exceptional amenities. The Vail Village doors open to the main pedestrian thoroughfare offering a convenient walk to the events of Taste of Vail and access to the many boutique shops and restaurants of Vail Village. Hotel guests visiting for Taste of Vail frequently enjoy a full day on Vail Mountain, with all the luxuries of our slopeside, Base Camp, located steps away from Gondola One before returning home for apres-ski in the bar, Signature Hot Chocolate, a CBD Body Recovery Massage in Bloom Spa, or Manhattan steak at Leonora. Once rejuvenated and satiated, a lively nightlife await just around the corner in Vail Village.
Whether you’re here to ski or snowboard the legendary back bowls, snowshoe, dine, ice skate, shop, or spa, Vail has something for everyone to enjoy. Learn more about winter activities in Vail or see our Vail vacation specials to save on your next mountain getaway.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
DEBUT OF ROSE 2020: FIRST TASTE OF ROSE
$65 | 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Four Seasons Ballroom
The chance to experience just released 2019 Roses for the first time at the 2020 Debut event.
Rose wine is the liquid component of the much-celebrated lifestyle of Mediterranean France. It is just recently enjoying similar recognition in the US.
Many people assume that Roses are going to be sweet wines, most likely due to the fact that Rose shares its same vibrant pink color with the now faded from popularity White Zinfandel.
As a category, Rose wines embrace an immense diversity of styles and flavors, especially if you include sparkling Roses. From Semi sweet to off-dry to bone-dry (very dry), they are startling, refreshing and immensely seductive. “Gulpable” if you will.
The event will have over 100 Rose varietals to try.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
MAGICAL COOL CLIMATE SYRAH
$55 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | TBD
Producers have fantastic cool climate wines scoring from 95 to 98 points on current vintages, with a strong following around the US and the great state of Colorado. Learn how and why cool climate Syrah is magical without putting down Syrah’s grown in warmer and hotter regions.
THE AMERICAN LAMB COOK-OFF & APRES-SKI TASTING
$85 | 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Vail Village
Enjoy one of Vail’s favorite spring events. The American Lamb Cook-Off is the ultimate Apres Ski Tasting: a true Apres Ski Party. Sample an array of lamb dishes, courtesy of the Vail Valley’s finest chefs and the American Lamb Board. In the theme of “Life Beyond Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Merlot” Taste of Vail’s participating wineries will be showcasing wines a wide array of varietals that include Reisling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Zinfandel.
The $85 ticket is an unlimited ticket that includes both food and wine tastings.
Individual $6 tickets will also be available in the event. ( Buy 6 for $25)
Friday, April 3, 2020
MOUNTAIN TOP TASTING
$150 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Top of Eagle Bahn, Lionshead
Join Taste of Vail for the creme de la creme of outdoor tastings. Held at 10,350 feet above sea level, this event offers spectacular mountain vistas accompanied by gourmet food, beer, wine, and spirits. Snow or shine this is an event not to be missed.
Please use your ski pass if you have one. If not, walking passes will be available.
STURIA CAVIAR SEMINAR
$55 | 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Four Seasons Ballroom
Discover the world of caviar, or, if you already a connaisseur, expand your gastronomical horizons. Each Sturia Caviar is created in the traditional method, and each caviar is unique; each grain carefully selected to enhance and delight your experience. The variety and creativity of Steria Caviar have won recognition from the world’s most celebrated chefs.
Come experience how the delicious salty taste of Sturia Caviar, the leading French caviar producer, is beautifully enhanced by and perfectly paired with Champagne.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
SAINTSBURY & RAMEY DISCUSS THEIR WORLD RENOWNED CHARDONNAY & PINOT NOIR
$55 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Four Seasons Ballroom
Join Tim Colla of Saintsbury and Cameron Frey of Ramey Wine Cellars for an in-depth discussion on the importance of clonal selection and why they choose to bottle single-vineyard wines for their world-renowned Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs. They will also discuss the continuous ongoing experimentation and discovery in both wineries and explain why top-notch wineries can’t ever stay still and must keep evolving.
OREGON SEMINAR & THE VAN DUZER AVA WITH VAN DUZER & LEFT COAST
$55 | 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | The Sebastian – Vail
Join Van Duzer Vineyards winemaker Florent Merlier and Left Coast Cellars winemaker Joe Wright for an insider’s view of the newly formed Van Duzer Gap AVA. Master Sommelier Roland Micu will moderate the seminar, and Flo and Joe will walk you through why the Van Duzer Gap AVA is exceptionally unique. Topics of discussion will be the unique soil types of the Willamette Valley and how the Van Duzer Gap’s exposure to wind influences the final product.
THE RESERVE GRAND TASTING & AUCTION: CELEBRATE THE 30TH YEAR
$220 | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | The Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
Experience Vail’s Premier Wine and Food Tasting. Taste of Vail’s annual decadent and unparalleled wine and culinary spectacle. This event features all of the Taste of Vail’s wineries and restaurants. The evening will include Taste of Vail’s Auction. This will be a Reserve Tasting. We will be tasting the best of the best! Join us at the Marriott Mountain Resort.
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