Next week the 7th Annual Denver International Wine Festival celebrates the best in wine and food. The four-day event offers wine-lovers the chance to taste wines from around the world, including Colorado. All events will be held at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver. Public events include:
Thursday, November 3, 6:00-9:00pm – Pairsine Chefs Food & Wine Pairing Competition. This signature foodie event, known formerly as the Taste of Elegance, or “Iron Chef Meets Wine,” pits 16 Colorado chefs against one another in the art of pairing. Gold Medal winning wines from the Denver International Wine Competition will be featured. Participating chefs are assigned one red and one white wine a week before the competition, given sample bottles, and asked to prepare one dish for each wine. At this event, representatives from the Gold Medal winning wineries will pour the wine while a panel of expert judges will taste the dishes in appetizer portions. Consumer attendees will be able to vote for the “People’s Choice” award.
The event begins with a champagne reception with Möet & Chandon and Wisconsin Cheese hosted by Goose Sorensen of Solera Restaurant, followed by a Zin Zone tasting of nine Zinfandel wines. The main event follows, the tasting of 32 wines and the corresponding dishes entered into competition.
The competing chefs include: Geoffrey Groditski from The Fort; Robert N. Corey from 12 Seasons; Tim Payne from Terroir Restaurant; Elise Wiggins from Panzano; Daniel Joly from Restaurant Mirabelle; David Olivieri from Farraddays’ Isle Casino Black Hawk; Daniel Asher from Root Down and Linger; Matt Mine from The Oceanaire Seafood Room; Joseph Hsu from Simms Steak House; David Harker & Mario Clapes from The Meritage at The Omni Interlocken Resort; Michael Long from Aria Restaurant; Lon Symensma from Cholon Modern Asian Bistro; Jensen Cummings from Row 14; Will Cisa from The Corner Office Restaurant & Martini Bar; Jeff Bolton from Second Home Restaurant & Bar; and Jeremy Thomas from Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar.
General Admission tickets are $100; the price includes a logo glass and plate. VIP Admission tickets are $175 and include a chef’s reception at 4:30pm, VIP wine glass, and gift bag. The VIP reception is Co-Hosted by Hosea Rosenberg, Bravo’s Top Chef Season 5 Winner, and Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken, Vail (Top Chef Season 7 Contender & Iron Chef Contestant). VIPs will enjoy a raw bar, champagne and other premium beverages and artisanal cheese, with insights from Liz Thorpe, author of The Cheese Chronicles and vice-president of Murray’s Cheese in New York. The event concludes with an awards ceremony for Best Chef, Most Creative Chef, and People’s Choice Chef.
Friday, November 4, 2:00-3:00pm –Seminar: Cheese 101 with Liz Thorpe, Vice President of Murray’s Cheese. Tickets are $30 with a ticket to the evening’s Grand Tasting.
Friday, November 4, 3:00-4:00pm – Seminar: Jordan Vertical Tasting with Chris Avery, National Sales Director for Jordan Winery. Tickets are $40 with a ticket to the evening’s Grand Tasting.
Friday, November 4, 4:00-5:00pm – Seminar: Hungary’s Wine Evolution with Nimród Kovács, proprietor of the Kovács Nimród Winery. Tickets are $40 with a ticket to the evening’s Grand Tasting.
Friday, November 4, 5:00-6:00pm – Seminar: Grand Cru Beer with Keith Villa of Blue Moon Brewing. Tickets are $30 with a ticket to the evening’s Grand Tasting.
Friday, November 4, 5:00-9:00pm – Grand Tasting of International Wines. This premier Grand Tasting offers wine-lovers the chance to taste more than 400 wines, beers, and spirits from 18 countries. Food samples are available for tasting; food vendors will offer a more substantial menu for purchase. General Admission tickets are $85 and include a logo glass. VIP Admission tickets are $150 and include admission to up to three wine seminars starting at 2pm, a VIP wine glass, extended tasting time starting at 2pm, rare tastings of limited-edition wine and spirits, access to the VIP lounge with food samples not offered to general admission ticketholders, and a gift bag. New this year is a Designated Driver ticket for $45, which includes admission to the event but no alcohol and no wine glass.
Friday, November 4, 7:00-8:00pm – Seminar: Moscato, Surrender to the Sweet, with Andrew Quady, “The Muscat King,” from Quady Winery. Tickets are $30 with a ticket to the evening’s Grand Tasting.
Saturday, November 5, 9:30am-4:00pm – VIP Tour of Front Range Wineries & Distillery. This farewell event is hosted by the editors of Wine Country International Magazine. The tour will depart at 9:30am from the Westin Downtown, 1672 Lawrence Street, in Denver. Patrons will visit three Front Range wineries and a spirits distillery. Award-winning chefs from the Denver International Wine Festival will offer a demonstration. The tour includes a boxed lunch and Wine Country International® 101, a crash course on the basics of wine. Tickets are $125 per person.
Tickets to all events are available at http://www.denverwinefest.com/order.html. Multi-event ticket packages are available at a discount.
The Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is located at 7711 East Academy Boulevard in Denver.