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August 12-15TH, 2021

The Vail Wine Classic is a premier destination event where master winemakers and enthusiasts gather to enjoy wine in beautiful Vail, CO. Join us August 12-15th for a mountainside tasting of hundreds of high end wines, spirits and food. 

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, including infants or children, and you must show valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

2021 Event Schedule

The Grand Tastings

Friday & Saturday

EARLY ACCESS & GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS AVAILABLE

More Info: Age 21+ | Outdoor | Wine | Beer | Spirits | Small Bites

The Classic’s Grand Tasting features an impressive selection of hundreds of domestic and international wines, plus premium craft beer and spirits. In an effort to provide a better and safer tasting experience for our patrons, we’ll be hosting multiple sessions of the Grand Tasting. All sessions will feature the same beverages and samples. Located in beautiful Vail, Colorado prepare for a unique sensory immersion.

Get Early Access Tickets for extra time at the festival. 

Double Trouble - All Day Access

Friday & Saturday Grand Tastings

ATTEND BOTH OF FRIDAY OR SATURDAY’S GRAND TASTING SESSIONS INCLUDING EARLY ACCESS 

More Info: Age 21+ | Outdoor | Wine | Beer | Spirits | Small Bites

Exclusive access to attend both Friday or both Saturday Grand Tastings. This allows for a leisurely sampling of as many wines and restaurants as you’d like during the entire afternoon. Double Trouble includes Early Access to both sessions. 

Vail Uncorked: La Tour Wine Dinner

THURSDAY, AUGUST 12th at 6:00pm

French Food and Wine

More Info: Age 21+ | Paired Dinner | Sommelier | French Wine & Food

La Tour  presents an artfully crafted five course meal highlighting French food and expertly paired with notable French wines from the famous wine regions that may include Alsace, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Jura, Languedoc , Loire Valley and Rhone.  You’ll think the streets of Vail turned into the Champs-Élysées

Full menu to be released this summer. 

Address: 122 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO 81657

*Please note, the dinner is a fixed menu and we are unable to accommodate special dietary requests. Wines and courses are subject to change, but only for the better.

Vail Uncorked: Matsuhisa Wine Dinner

THURSDAY, AUGUST 12th at 6:00pm

Austrian Wine And Chef 

More Info: Age 21+ | Paired Dinner | Master Sommelier | Austrian Wine

Full menu to be released this summer. 

Address: 141 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO 81657

*Please note, the dinner is a fixed menu and we are unable to accommodate special dietary requests. Wines and courses are subject to change, but only for the better.

Vail Uncorked: bol Wine Dinner

THURSDAY, AUGUST 12th at 7:00pm

Wonderful World of Pinots

More Info: Age 21+ | Paired Dinner | Sommelier | Wonderful World of Pinots

Bol presents an artfully crafted five course meal highlighting food that’s paired with a variety of Pinot Noirs from the Willamette Valley.  When you think of Oregon, you think Pinots!  They have mastered the art of producing the World’s best Pinots.  See the versatility of the Pinot grape as you dive into aging techniques, white Pinots and even sparkling varietals with the Pinot grape.  And best of all – Pinots go with every food, as you will learn with this fantastic wine dinner pairing.   

Full menu to be released this summer. 

Address: 141 E Meadow Dr #113, Vail, CO 81657

*Please note, the dinner is a fixed menu and we are unable to accommodate special dietary requests. Wines and courses are subject to change, but only for the better.

Bubbles & Blossoms Lunch

FRIDAY, AUGUST 13th – Hike 10am, Lunch 12pm

Hike and paired lunch

More Info: Age 21+ | Guided Hike | Paired Lunch | Sommelier | Sparkling Wines of the World

Enjoy scenic mountain trails with the Vail Wine Classic in a guided hike that explores the breathtaking Gore Range in Vail. After you take in the panoramic views of the hike enjoy a delicious paired lunch at La Tour featuring sparkling wines from around the world. This sophisticated landmark restaurant has consistently been named one of the best restaurants in Vail and has won many awards for its outstanding dishes.  Led by Vail’s own super sommeliers Thoger Petry and Rachael Liggett-Draper, this pairing will explore undiscovered champagnes, and unique varietals in the sparkling family from around the globe. 

This hike is approximately 3 miles long. Please allow approximately 2 hours for the hike and 90 minutes for the lunch. Address: Meet at La Tour at 122 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO

Full menu to be released this summer. 

Address: 122 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO 81657

*Please note, the lunch is a fixed menu and we are unable to accommodate special dietary requests. Wines and courses are subject to change, but only for the better.

Sommelier's Secret Stash

FRIDAY, AUGUST 13th at 12:00pm

Learn the go-to wines our sommeliers choose

More Info: Age 21+ | Wine | Master Sommeliers | Charcuterie  

We’ve rounded up four world class Sommeliers leading you through a tasting of their favorite wines from around the globe. This is your chance to learn the regions, grapes and pairings that Master Sommeliers go to when they’re looking to uncork some inspiration. Consider this your personal invitation to taste wines as they would amongst their peers.  Shhhh….you just can’t don’t tell anyone their secrets!  Expect world-class wines from around the world, served alongside a charcuterie spread from our friends at Root & Flower. 

Plan 90 minutes for this seminar. 

Address: 288 Bridge St, C4, Vail, CO 

*Please note, the charcuterie is a fixed menu and we are unable to accommodate special dietary requests. Wines and courses are subject to change, but only for the better.

Better Off Red

FRIDAY, AUGUST 13th at 12:00pm

Red Wine & Red Meat Tasting

More Info: Age 21+ | Paired Lunch | Wine | Sommelier 

Attention all meat lovers! Savor the delicious pairing of red meat and red wine in this delectable luncheon. At Vail’s new Gravity Haus Slope Room restaurant, relish select red wines from Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate and Reserve portfolios. Napa’s best kept secret has been producing 90+ point wines like no other and you’ll get a chance to experience them firsthand with this not-to-miss wine seminar. Discover the true power of wine and food pairings at this heavy hitting lunch at Gravity Haus.  

Full menu to be released this summer. 

Plan 90 minutes for this lunch. 

Address: 352 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO 81657

*Please note, the lunch is a fixed menu and we are unable to accommodate special dietary requests. Wines and courses are subject to change, but only for the better.

Class on Glass

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14th at 11:30am

Keep the Riedel Wine Class Set of 4 Varietal Specific Glasses

More Info: Age 21+ | Indoor | Wine | Keep the Glasses

Riedel’s varietal-specific glasses enhance the aromas and taste components, to showcase each style in its finest form. Discover the effect of shape and size on the perception of wine in a glass & wine tasting tutorial. 

In a unique and fascinating wine glass tasting, Sommelier Shelly Sale, will demonstrate the relationship between the shape of a glass and our perception and enjoyment of wines.  Guests will enjoy tasting the stemware best suited for Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. If you love wine, this seminar will change your wine life forever!  Guests who attend this seminar receive a clean Riedel Performance Tasting Kit with four glasses to take home (retails for $129). This is an experience that a true wine lover should not miss!

Please allow up to 75 minutes for the seminar. 

Wine Dinners & Paired Lunches

More Info: Age 21+ |  Wine Pairing | Full Meal | Sommelier | Winemaker

A celebration of local food and fine wine! The Vail Wine Classic is proud to kickoff a weekend of great wine and food with a series of wine dinners and paired lunches at local establishments in Vail.

Full schedule and tickets available in May

Lifestyle & Classroom Seminars

More Info: Age 21+ | Educational | Experiential | Winemaker

Seminars play into a variety of interests and activities. You could take a hike with a winemaker followed by a paired lunch; learn the basics of wine pairing at home; or taste why the wine glass really does make all the difference.

Full schedule and tickets available in April

Safe Sips - How It Works

COVID Safety at the Festival

Safe Sips – How It Works
The safety of our guests and wineries is our top priority! To keep you safe, we’ve implemented a few rules for a safe event. We fully anticipate these changing by the time this event happens. Thank you for working with us on these. 

  • Masks may be required in some areas of the festival when mingling and chatting with wineries
  • Collect samples from the wineries on your tray and take your beers back to your area to remove your mask and drink your samples with your group. 
  • Temperature Checks upon entry to the festival
  • Hand Sanitizer will be readily available all over the event
  • View full COVID Safety details
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