The tagline says it all: “Elevate your Palate” and that’s exactly what happens at the Taste of Vail Event coming up in a few weeks. Mark your calendars for March 30- April 3, 2016. This is one of the most delicious parts of the Vail lifestyle and one you can pair with a week of spring skiing if you so choose.
Whether you are a foodie, want to be a foodie (or even forced to attend by a foodie that is also your significant other…) there is truly something for everyone at Taste of Vail as you are treated to some of the best food and drinks available in the country, complete with stunning scenery and views. This is Vail Valley’s finest and it’s a treat to dig deeper into the local culinary culture and have better understanding of this unique area.
Learning is a big part of this weekend and you can pick and choose from an incredible schedule of events. They cover a variety of food trends as well as focused attention on wines, wine and food pairings, olive oils and even cigars- whatever path you choose, you will leave feeling like an expert!
Highly recommended is the Signature 4 Pass which give you access to the main events: The Debut of Rosé, The American Lamb Cook-off, the Mountain Top Tasting and the Grand Tasting. You also have the ability to purchase any one of these event items separately if your schedule doesn’t accommodate attending all of them and there are many, many notable options. See below for a full schedule of the Taste of Vail offerings and click to purchase tickets.
1. Debut of 2015 Rosé* (Signature 4 Pass)
The Debut of Rosé is simply that- an introduction of a much celebrated wine that is said to encompass the lifestyle of the Mediterranean, but isn’t yet widely known here in the United States yet. Despite misunderstanding stemming from the pink color, this wine has surprising diversity. From sweet to very dry and there are over 100 different types of Rosé to try- if you include sparkling wines. With such a plethora of options, you are sure to find one to impress your friends with at your next dinner party!
*If you fall in love with Rosé while you are at this event- but sure to attend the breakfast event, “Wake up and Smell the Rosé”! (See below, Saturday March 2nd)
$50.00 Wednesday March 30, 2016 – 3:00pm -6:00pm – The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead, Grand Ballroom
2. Tapas & Albariño Luncheon with Patrick Mata
Enjoy the newest trend in American appetizers from Spain as well as take an expertly guided wine tour through the country.
$50.00 Thursday March 31, 2016 – 12:00pm -2:00pm – bôl Restaurant
3. American Lamb Cook-off and Après Ski Tasting (Signature 4 Pass)
The American Lamb Cook-Off is a favorite local Apres Ski tradition and showcases the union of the area’s top chefs and local wineries. Sample the best lamb dishes and wine pairings in the theme of “Life Beyond Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot” you will instead enjoy Reisling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Zinfandel.
$85.00 Thursday March 31, 2016 – 3:00pm – 6:00pm – Vail Village
4. Cigar and Spirits Sampling
Learn from a 4th generation cigar maker and experience a wide variety of tobacco blends.
$55.00 Thursday March 31, 2016 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail
5. What puts the pop inside of Sparkling wine?
Be ready to make sparkling wine a regular part of your life after this session.
$55.00 Friday April 1, 2016 – 9:00am – 10:30am – Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail
6. Mountain Top Tasting (Signature 4 Pass)
This is the pinnacle event of tastings for the week- literally! At 10,350 feet above sea level, this event has stunning views and while the views alone are almost enough, paired with gourmet food and drinks makes this evening one you simply cannot miss.
$155.00 Friday April 1, 2016 – 12:00pm – 2:30pm – Eagle’s Nest, Vail Mountain via Eagle Bahn Gondola
7. Larkspur & Taste of Vail Present James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour
The James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour dinner will be hosted by Chef/Owner Thomas Salamunovich of Larkspur Events and Dining.
$195.00 Friday April 1, 2016 – 6:00pm – 10:00pm – Larkspur Restaurant
$60.00 Saturday April 2, 2016 – 9:00am – 10:30am – tbd
9. Real Olive Oil with Steve Lewis
There is always more to learn and know when it comes to this historically popular oil. Steve Lewis from Giuliana Imports will host this educational session.
$40.00 Saturday April 2, 2016 – 11:00am – 12:30pm – Grand View, Lionshead Parking Structure
10. Food and Wine Pairing with the Experts
This is truly a great event for those who are wanting to learn how to pair food and wine. Most of us know a little- but this is truly a special event to learn from the experts. Larry Stone founder of Lingua Franca Wines and Dean of Wine Studies of the International Culinary Center, Damon Ornowski from SWS of Colorado and Vail’s own Sean Razee will be hosting this informative session.
$55.00 Saturday April 2, 2016 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm – Terra Bistro
11. Speed Dating with Pinot Noir
Arguably the best named session of the weekend, Speed Dating with Pinot Noir will be fast paced event where winemakers move from table to table educating on everything Pinot.
$60.00 Saturday April 2, 2016 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm – Grand View Lionshead Parking Structure
12. The Grand Tasting & Auction (Signature 4 Pass)
If you are only able to attend one tasting this week, this might be the one to go to! With all of Taste of Vail’s wineries and restaurants present as well as the Taste of Vail silent auction, this event is the crème de la crème of events. Enjoy this “decadent and unparalleled wine and culinary spectacle” as it is something you won’t soon forget and truly does showcase the best and brightest of Vail Valley.
$185.00 Saturday April 2, 2016 – 6:00pm – 10:00pm – The Four Seasons Resort Vail
13. The Remedy Brunch
Last but certainly not least is brunch at The Remedy- which is truly a great way to cap off a delicious food week.
$52.00 Sunday April 3, 2016 – 10:00am – 1:00pm – Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail, Remedy Bar
Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time to Elevate your Palate and choose from the delicious à la carte options available- purchase the event tickets you want here.