2012 Special Guests

Aaron Bornheim, The Lost Dog Bar And Lounge Executive Chef
Aaron will be featured at the Montanya Rum Distillers spirits seminar on Thursday at 1pm and at the Lost Dog Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Ales Kristancic, Movia Winemaker
Ales will present his wines for a tasting at the Rochester Hotel on Thursday from 5-7pm.

Alison Dance, Cyprus Café & ENO Chef & Owner
Alison is hosting “The Coast is Clear… White Wines of the Mediterranean” wine seminar Friday at 1pm at ENO.

Andrew Shaffner, Alpino Vino General Manager & Sommelier
Andrew is the featured speaker for “The Coast is Clear… White Wines of the Mediterranean” wine seminar Friday at 1pm.

Barbara Helmer & Chef Miguel Carrillo, Kennebec Café Chef/Owners
Barbara & Miguel will be hosting the Prestige Wine Imports dinner on Thursday night and the Kennebec Café Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Carley Felton, Animas Chocolate Company Owner
Carley will be displaying her chocolates at the VIP Welcome reception on Thursday.

Chef Chris Crowl, Cosmo Bar & Dining Executive Chef & Owner
Chris will be featured at the “Blind Tasting with a View: Blind Tasting the Master’s Way” wine seminar on Friday at 11am, the Alexander Valley Vineyards winemaker dinner on Friday night, the “Non-Partisan Investigation into the World of Bordeaux and It’s Varietals” wine seminar on Saturday at 11am & at the Cosmo Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Chef David Stewart, Seasons Rotisserie & Grille Executive Chef
Chef Dave will be featured at the Synergy wine dinner Thursday evening and at the Seasons Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Doug Reed, Riedel Glassware
Doug will be featured at Saturday’s Riedel Glassware Wine Seminar and the Spiegelau Beer Glassware Seminar .

Eric Anesi, Gauchezco Owner
Eric will be pouring at the “Walk-About” Durango and then pouring at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Chef Jason Blankenship, Olio – Food  Wine  Art Executive Chef & Owner
Chef Jason will be featured at the Olio Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Jay Fletcher, MS Southern Wine & Spirits of CO Master Sommelier
Jay passed the prestigious Master Sommelier Exam in London, England, and became the 30th American to hold the title of Master Sommelier. Since then Jay has lectured and sat on panels at hundreds of wine events around the country. Jay will be featured at the “Blind Tasting with a View: Blind Tasting the Master’s Way” wine seminar on Friday at 11 on the Cosmo Rooftop Patio.

Jeffrey Wingate, Prestige Wine Imports
Jeffrey will be featured at the Prestige Wine Imports dinner on Thursday night at the Kennebec Café, pouring at Friday’s Walk-About Durango and the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

John Sutcliffe, Sutcliffe Winery Owner
John Sutcliffe will be featured at the Sutcliffe Vineyards & Ancestral Pueblo Tour on Friday at 10am and in the Sutcliffe Vineyards Tasting Room during the “Walk-About Durango” on Friday.

Karen Barger, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill Owner
Durango Wine Experience Founder
Karen will be hosting the Synergy Fine Wines dinner on Thursday night and the Seasons Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
Karen will be running around and helping out at every single event the weekend has to offer!

Karen Hoskin, Montanya Rum Distillers President & CO-Founder
Karen will be the featured speaker at the Montanya Rum Distillers spirit seminar on Thursday at 1pm at the Lost Dog.

Ken Martin, Steamworks Brewing Co. Lead Brewer & Director of Brewing Operations You will find Ken at Thursday’s VIP Welcome Reception, pouring at the Walk-About Durango on Friday and at the Steamworks Grand Tasting table on Saturday.

Kevin Hall, Alexander Valley Vineyards Winemaker
Kevin will be featured at the Alexander Valley Vineyards winemaker dinner at the Cosmo Bar & Dining on Friday evening and pouring at both the “Walk-About” Durango and the Grand Tasting.

Leah Deane, WSET Advanced, Durango Wine Experience Event Coordinator; Republic National Distributing Company & Grand Vin, District Manager;
Champagne and Bacon Specialist
Leah will be running around in high heels and making sure you enjoy your “experience”!

Chef Max Shon, Mahogany Grille at the Historic Strater Hotel Executive Chef
Chef Max will be featured at the Carmel Road winemaker dinner Friday evening at the Strater Hotel, featured at the two glassware seminars and presenting at the Mahogany Grille Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Michael Thunder, White Dragon Good Feelings Tearoom & Gallery
Michael will be leading the White Dragon Tea Cupping seminar on Thursday at 2:30pm.

Mike Alagna, Glacier Club Executive Chef
Mike will be featured at the Glacier Club Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Monique Waters Kuhfuss , EVIAN Central Region OP Area Manager
Evian is the official water sponsor of the Durango Wine Experience. Evian will be served at all of the seminars and both major tastings.

Paul Tocco, Synergy Fine Wines Arch Duke of Good Juice and Wine Geekery
Paul will be featured at the Season’s wine dinner Thursday evening, pouring at the “Walk-About Durango” Friday afternoon and then pouring at the Grand Tasting on Saturday

Paula Mitchell, Exploring Colorado Wineries Author
Paula will be signing copies of her book “Exploring Colorado Wineries – Guidebook & Journal” at the Four Leaves Winery during Friday’s Walk-About Durango and at their table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Chef Ryan Lowe, the Ore House Executive Chef & General Manager Chef Ryan will be featured at the Ore House Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Chef Sean Clark, Steamworks Brewing Co. Executive Chef
You will find Sean at Thursday’s VIP Welcome Reception, Friday’s Walk-About Durango and the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Shelley Sale, CSW, Southern Wine & Spirits of CO District Manager
You will find Shelley at the Prestige Wine Imports dinner on Thursday night at the Kennebec, the “Walk-About” Durango on Friday, helping at both the Reidel & Speigelau Seminar and pouring at the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Stephen Gonda, Majestic Fine Wines, Spire Collection
Stephen is hosting the “Non-Partisan Investigation into the World of Bordeaux and It’s Varietals” wine seminar on Saturday at 11am up on the Cosmo Rooftop Patio, pouring fine selections from the Spire Collection at Friday’s Walk-About Durango and the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

Chef Susan & Sean Devereaux, Guido’s Favorite Foods Executive Chef & Owners Chef Susan will be featured at the “Formaggi i Vini: Italian Cheese & Wine” Thursday at 11:00am, then at the Guido’s Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

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