Picture yourself. It is the middle of the summer and the dreadful month of August is approaching, promising to be some of the hottest 31 days of the season. Fall is still two months away and you are already anticipating the leaves to turn and feel the breath of crisp fall air. The crank of your air-conditioning on your commute to work doesn’t seem to have the same magic as it did the first week of the sultry summer. Summer’s vacation has already passed you by and maybe your sitting in your lofty downtown office gazing off and wishing you could do more than the weekends at the country club golf course. What to do, what to do…
Here’s a suggestion. Already made it to the beach? How ‘bout a trip to the mountains? From the 1st to the 5th of August, you can enjoy the fresh, rare air of Steamboat Springs, Colorado while you experience one of the most unique wine and food events in the country. This is not some lengthy wine and food convention, this is a destination. Join the locals and many others like yourself just trying to escape the stagnant air and routine of the city.
You will have access to food and wine pairings, cooking demonstrations, wineries, and purveyors
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of local Colorado-made products (They’ve got more than cattle folks!). If you’re at all familiar with Colorado, you know that it quite possibly might be the capital of the nation of artisan breweries. Yup, they will be there too!
The Farm to Barn Wine Dinner the first night, will be a gourmands dream, featuring three of the most locally acclaimed Executive Chefs, Kate Rench of Cafe Diva, Jason Salisbury of Mahogany Ridge, and Brian Vaughn of bistro cv. If you don’t make it on Wednesday, no worries, you can get started on Thursday at Wine on the Mountain, where you can enjoy the luscious, panoramic views of the valley below while you converse with your favorite winery. The beer and spirits guys will be there too! If you love that, then the party continues for Apres Wine, where you can snack on comfort foods and sip on signature cocktails paired with some live music.
Friday is chock-full of events, food and wine pairings, a seminar on the secrets of wine blending, Zinfandel from California, and more. If you happen to be feeling too many effects from all the wine and food and perhaps in combination with the altitude, stretch your legs and go on a hike or bike with one of the chefs from Wednesday night’s dinner, Kate, as she leads the way pedaling through the valley. What a great way to get the second half rolling. The next couple days are full of beer, bubbles and Burgundy, oh my!
And you thought the mountains were only for ski season.