Seminars 2017

Experience our educational seminars… coming soon!

Buy your tickets early as our seminars can sell out!
Get one of our limited “Wine Expert” All Seminar Access Passes to attend every single seminar!  In addition to the seminars listed below, there is also a luncheon and several wine dinners over the course of the weekend!
Check out the featured and talented local chefs and guest speakers!

Thursday, May 4, 2017:
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Seminar 1
The Bookcase & Barber
Moderated by William Davis CSS of Wilson Daniels
We think primarily of Cognac when it comes to great French Brandy, but the hills further south bring a unique and noble style that has identity and class. Join us as we delve into the spirits of Baron Gaston LeGrand of the Armagnac region in Southwest France. Made only as a ‘vintage’ Armagnac, we will experience a century and a half of aged goodness! cognac-lheraud.com
1965, 1976, 1985 & 1986
Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” 
$ 45 per person

Thursday, May 4, 2017:
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Seminar 2
Cyprus Cafe’
Panel: Sissie Strope of Merryvale, Matt Gurriero of Vin Market, and Stefani Burns of Chateau de Berne Impatience Rosé with Moderators: Lesley Ponce and Eric Allen of The Wine Merchant
These pink wines are more than just pretty, they are refreshingly delicious. Perfect for the Cyprus patio and for pairing with a bouquet of dishes. This Seminar contains rosé wines from around the world, made from contrasting grape varieties and presented by different folks. Each presentation is a perfect fit for your back porch or as an accompaniment to a meal. There is really nothing better to sip on when you fire up the grill and watch the sunset ever later.
Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” 
$ 35 per person

Friday, May 5, 2017:
11:00 am -12:30 pm
Seminar 3
Ore House Restaurant
Guest Speaker: Stephen Gonda, Spire Collections Wine Specialist
A romp through the hills and mountains of wine country; exploring what high altitude viticulture and winemaking is all about, and more importantly, why you should care (because it results in damn tasty wine, that’s why!). Our trek will include the mountains of Napa, Sonoma and Tuscany; hiking gear is optional, but an open palate is mandatory. Wines will be elevated through paired courses designed by Chef Cliff Bornheim, a true mountain man at heart.
Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass”
$ 45 per person

Friday, May 5, 2017: 
3:00 pm 
– 4:00 pm
Seminar 4

El Moro Spirits and Tavern
Guest Speaker: Moose Koons: Peach Street Distillery Sales Manager and Lead Passionista
Learn to love Brandy as the new Bourbon. Peach Street Distillery will baby-step you into their award winning Palisade Bartlett Pear and Palisade Peach brandies that will warm your heart and your belly. You’ll experience hand crafted cocktails designed by El Moro’s talented Mixologists while you enjoy paired bites. “He who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy…There are, indeed, few who are able to drink brandy. That is a power rather to be wished for than attained.” – quoted in The Life of Johnson by Boswell
Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” 
$ 45 per person

Saturday, May 6, 2017
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Seminar 5
Rochester Hotel & Bar
Presented by Brian Patterson of Left Coast Cellars
Join us on a tour of Oregon’s Willamette Valley and sample some of the nation’s best kept secrets and highest rated white wines. Featuring Left Coast Cellars White Pinot Noir, barrel-fermented Truffle Hill Chardonnay, cement fermented Musque Clone Chardonnay, Left Coast Cellars Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.
Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass”  
$ 35 per person

Saturday, May 6, 2017
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Seminar 6
A Master Blending Seminar on the Building Blocks of Grand Reserve
Oak Room at the Strater Hotel
Featuring Randy Ullom, Master Winemaker for the entire Kendall-Jackson Portfolio
Ever wondered what it takes to make great Cabernet Sauvignon? No less than a rigorous pursuit of quality involving site selection, vine material, wine making, oak barrels and blending. This seminar provides insight into this world with five unique wine components that attendees will use to make their own Cabernet blend.
Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” 
$ 35 per person

The “Wine Expert” All Seminar Access Pass only $175!

Experience all six educational seminars… Two seminars each day.
**Does not include any tastings, luncheons or wine dinners. **

$ 175 per person ($250 value)

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I bought tickets online for a seminar. Do I need to go to the event office to check in?
No. Please proceed directly to the listed seminar location. Your name will be on a list at the door. Please bring your ID and please, leave your pine tree perfume at home! No perfume or cologne at any DWE event. We want to smell the wine, not the people. Have fun!

I bought tickets online for a seminar. Do I need to go to the event office to check in?
No. Please proceed directly to the listed seminar location. Your name will be on a list at the door. Please bring your ID and please, leave your pine tree perfume at home! No perfume or cologne at any DWE event. We want to smell the wine, not the people.

 

You do not need to check in at the DWE Event office in the back lobby of the Strater Hotel for seminars. Please proceed directly to the seminar location and show your id at the door. You do not need to bring your glass to any seminars.
In order for all guests to get the most out of their “experience”, please refrain from wearing perfume or cologne to any Durango Wine Experience event.

You must be 21 years of age to participate in the Durango Wine Experience.

*Please note, tickets are non-refundable*

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