Fine wines in Colorado’s high country
Vail is one of the world’s most popular ski destinations, but every summer, town residents turn in their winter wear for wine glasses to attend the Vail Wine Classic. This 4-day experience is a perfect rendezvous for wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts who want to indulge in the best of high country living and fine wine in a spectacular mountain setting.
Team Player Productions, known for the Breckenridge Wine Classic and Park City Wine Festival, completed the third year of the Vail Wine Classic this past summer. It kicked off with hosted dinners on Thursday evening, where attendees enjoyed wine and food pairings at popular venues around Vail Village. One of those venues is the new 13,000-square-foot restaurant and speakeasy, Chasing Rabbits, which hosted the “Uncorked Narratives” dinner with master sommelier Sean Razee. As one of the first 100 people in the United States to ever achieve the title of master sommelier, Razee’s selection of fine wines combined with the cuisine at Chasing Rabbits made for a great introduction to the weekend.
The weekend wasn’t just about the wine; it was also about the unique mountain lifestyle that draws millions of visitors to Vail every year. As such, attendees were able to experience a host of outdoor activities that showcase the natural splendor of Vail. One memorable example was the “Uncork and Unwind” hike, featuring wine from Napa Valley’s Aratás Winery and showcasing the views from atop Vail Mountain. From scenic hikes and bicycle rides to outdoor concerts and theater, there was plenty to keep attendees entertained and engaged.
The flagship event at the Vail Classic is the grand tasting on Friday and Saturday, featuring 100-plus wineries from renowned regions such as Napa Valley, Bordeaux, New Zealand, Australia, and many more. Premier access guests were able to explore the numerous selections of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, craft cocktails, and beers one hour earlier than other ticket holders. However, there were still plenty of locally owned bites and music to be enjoyed for those in general admission over the 2-day grand tasting event.