Upcoming Telluride Wine Festival Should Be the Best Yet

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Passes and Individual Event Tickets Still on Sale

TELLURIDE – Dubbed one of the “Not To Be Missed Festivals of the Summer” by Smithsonian Travel Magazine, the 33rd Annual Telluride Wine Festival, held June 26-29 is gearing up to be the best festival to date.

“The most charming Wine Festival in the country,” The Telluride Wine Festival is a four-day celebration of wine and food with picturesque 13,000 foot Rocky Mountain peaks as a backdrop. This year, the festival will improve on the Telluride Wine Festival’s long history of bringing wine and gourmet food to this box canyon under the vision of new Executive Director Laurel Robinson.

“This year’s festival will increase the scope of the classic tasting events and offer new additions that we look to become instant classics.” Robinson said. “We are so proud of this year’s lineup of vintners, chefs, and events – we know our guests will be as thrilled as we are with the caliber of wine and educational experiences, not to mention the free stuff.”

THE TELLURIDE WINE FESTIVAL is known for inspiring seminars and intimate meals with winemakers and chefs, special reserve tastings, and popular tasting events, all in one of the most beautiful places on earth.  (Courtesy photo)

THE TELLURIDE WINE FESTIVAL is known for inspiring seminars and intimate meals with winemakers and chefs, special reserve tastings, and popular tasting events, all in one of the most beautiful places on earth. (Courtesy photo)

This year’s25-plus seminars and cooking demos are sure to appeal to everyone. With events like the Riedel Glass Tasting (the glass does make a difference), the blind vintage champagne tasting, pasta and sausage-making demos, and the keynote seminar featuring Tim Hanni (Why You Like the Wines you Like).

Attendees can expect to eat, drink, laugh, and learn. Prices for individual events vary, and limited tickets will be available at the box office of events not yet sold out.

Everyone in any proximity to Telluride this weekend should not miss the tasting events. On Thursday evening’s Taste of Telluride ($50), Telluride’s participating restaurants showcase their best food alongside the appropriate drinks. On Friday evening’s Toast of Telluride and the Taste of Colorado ($50), Telluride’s many art galleries showcase a feast for the eyes and taste buds alike.

Saturday afternoon’s Grand Tasting ($75) provides samples from the best of the best wineries, distillers, and restaurants.  Saturday night be sure to catch The Science of Cocktails, an event hosted by beloved Telluride nonprofit, The Pinhead Institute. New to the festival, this year’s Nightly Speakeasies ($35) will highlight the underground culture of the prohibition era with backdoor entry to jazz music, burlesque, and uniquely-crafted cocktails made from locally-produced spirits. And do not miss the reservations-only Sunday Tastings Dinner featuring live music by the McCarthy Jazz Trio and a local and organic meal prepared by chef Eric Owen.

The Telluride Wine Festival is also thrilled to announce its first year’s partnership with  Tesla Motors and WineTalk Radio. Tesla Motors will have vehicles available to demo June 26-28. VIP Passholders will be able to pre-schedule test drive appointments. Any remaining test-drive slots may be booked in our Elks Park tent. WineTalk Radio, a subsidiary of Clear Channel, will also be on-site doing tastings and broadcasts from the Gondola Plaza all weekend long.

In addition to limited individual event tickets, The Telluride Wine Festival offers discount ticket packages for every budget. From the $2,000 Patron Pass to the $150 Weekend Tasting Package, there is a pass for every price range. There are also $175 Single Day Passes available for this first time this year. The Telluride Wine Festival is always looking for ready volunteers.

For more festival information or to purchase tickets visit TellurideWineFestival.com. The festival box office will open Thursday, June 26, through Saturday, June 29, the Box Office will be open at the Sponsor tent located at the base of the gondola. Box-office hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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