The Taste of Vail arrives March 30, bringing with it some of the best flavors available on the mountain and beyond. The Taste of Vail has been rated among the nation's top food and wine festivals by Forbes.com, USA Today and The Travel Channel. A variety of events keeps the party jumping through April 3, but to experience a slice of the whole event we would recommend a Signature Four Pass. A Signature Four Pass grants you entrance to the four signature events: Debut of Rosé, The American Lamb Cook-off, the Mountain Top Tasting and the Grand Tasting. Here's the descriptions of those events from the Taste of Vail website.
Debut of 2015 Rosé
The chance to experience just released 2015 Rosés for first time at the 2016 Debut event.
Rosé 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 Rosés are going to be sweet wines, most likely due to the fact that Rosé shares its same vibrant pink color with the now faded from popularity White Zinfandel. As a category, Rosé wines embrace an immense diversity of styles and flavors, especially if you include sparkling Rosés. 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 Rosé varietals to try.
American Lamb Cook-off and Après Ski Tasting
Enjoy one of Vail's favorite spring events. The American Lamb Cook-Off is the ultimate Après Ski Tasting: a true Aprés 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.
Mountain Top Tasting
Friday April 1, 2016 | 12:00 pm -2:30 pm | Eagle's Nest, Vail Mountain via Eagle Bahn Gondola
Join Taste of Vail for the crème de la crème 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.
The Grand Tasting & Auction
Saturday April 2, 2016 | 6:00 pm -10:00 pm | The Four Seasons Resort Vail
Experience the premier wine and food tasting of Vail. Taste of Vail's annual decadent and unparalleled wine and culinary spectacle. This event features all of Taste of Vail's wineries and restaurants. The evening will include Taste of Vail's Auction. Enjoy the culinary delights at the Four Season's Resort in Vail.