2013 Special Guests

Check out the talent! Jeff Albarella, Eric Allen, Karen Barger,  Rob Blythe, Miguel Carrillo, Alan Cuenca,  Sean Clark,  Chris Crowl, Dave Cuntz, Alison Dance, Leah A. Deane,  Neal Drysdale, Phillip Fesquez, Erin GregoryBarbara Helmer, Doug Reed, Jay Fletcher, Master Sommelier,  Joseph Lange, Ryan Lowe, Michael Lutfy, Ken Martin, Lesley Ponce, Carley Snider, David Stewart, Stacey Swetil-Rust, Paul Tocco ~Previous Years~

Jay Fletcher, MS Southern Wine & Spirits Master Sommelier Jay FletcherJay 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 “Beautiful Bubbles on a Budget” seminar on Thursday at 11am at eno. He is also presenting the “Wines of France” wine seminar on Saturday at 11am on the Cosmo Rooftop Patio. Back to Top
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Chef Sean Clark, Steamworks Brewing Co. & El Moro Executive Chef Sean ClarkYou will find Sean at Thursday’s VIP Welcome Reception, Friday’s Walk-About Durango and the Steamworks Restaurant Showcase table at the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Back to Top
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Alan Cuenca, Put a Cork in It Wine Geek & Owner Alan CuencaAlan will be presenting the Put a Cork in It rosé table during the Grand Tasting Saturday afternoon, as well as speaking at the Spanish Wine Dinner at the Mahogany Grille in the Historic Strater Hotel, Saturday at 7:30pm. Back to Top
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Alison Dance, Cyprus Café & ENO Chef & Owner Alison Dance Alison is hosting the "Beautiful Bubbles on a Budget" wine seminar on Thursday at 11 am,  the "Panache of Grenache" seminar on Friday at 2pm at ENO and the Cyprus Café Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Back to Top
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Barbara Helmer & Chef Miguel Carrillo, Kennebec Café Chef/Owners Barbara and MiguelBarbara & Miguel will be hosting the Sorting Table Pinot Noir dinner on Friday night at 7:30pm and the Kennebec Café Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Back to Top
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Carley Snider, Animas Chocolate Company Owner Carley FeltonDurango Wine Experience Board Member Carley will be displaying her chocolates at the VIP Welcome reception on Thursday and speaking at the  "Animas Chocolates Tasting and Wine Pairing" seminar on Thursday at the Ore House. Back to Top
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Chef Chris Crowl, Cosmo Bar & Dining Executive Chef & Owner Chris CrowlChris will be featured at the “Wine of France” wine seminar on Saturday at 11:00 am  & at the Cosmo Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Back to Top
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Erin Gregory & Chef Neal Drysdale, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill Assistant General Manager and Sous Chef Erin Gregory and Neal DrysdaleErin & Neal, famous for their "Spirit-Tech" events at Seasons, will be presenting the "Bourbon, Baby!" spirit seminar on Saturday at 1pm on Seasons patio.
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 Doug Reed, Riedel Glassware Doug Reed Doug will be featured at the Spiegelau Beer Glassware Seminar at the Strater Hotel Oak Room on Friday at 1:00 pm and Showcasing Riedel Glassware during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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Chef David Stewart, Seasons Rotisserie & Grille 
Executive Chef Dave StewartChef Dave will be featured at "A Sense of Place" the Synergy Fine Wines dinner Thursday evening and at the Seasons Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.Back to Top
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Jeff Albarella, Carver's Brewing Head Brewer, Certified Cicerone Jeff AlbarellaJeff will be featured at the Carver Brewing Beer table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.Back to Top
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Joseph Lange, Lange Twins Winery Owner  Joe LangeBorn in Lodi, Joe, the youngest son of Randy and Char, is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a double major in Agriculture Business and Wine and Viticulture. In early 2007, Joe came on as our Webmaster and Wine Club Manager, along with helping the team in Consumer Direct Marketing. Joe studied Practical Viticulture and Wine Sciences at the University of Adelaide, Australia and improved his Spanish through travel in a variety of countries. One of Joe’s favorite hobbies is cooking with his wife, Amanda. He also enjoys traveling, cycling, mountain biking, snow skiing, and running with their dog, Arrow. Back to Top
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Joseph Leder, Animas Wine & Spirits & PJ’s Gourmet Market Owner Joe LederDurango Wine Experience Co-Founder & Board MemberJoe is presenting the Animas Wine & Spirits and PJ’s Gourmet Market table at the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Back to Top
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Ken Martin, Steamworks Brewing Co. Lead Brewer & Director of Brewing Operations Ken MartinYou will find Ken at Thursday’s VIP Welcome Reception, pouring at the Walk-About Durango on Friday and at the Steamworks Grand Tasting Beer table on Saturday. Back to Top
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Chef David Cuntz, Carver Brewing Co. Executive Chef Dave CuntzChef Dave will be featured at the Carver's Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.Back to Top ************
Leah A. Deane, WSET Advanced Durango Wine Experience Event Coordinator; Leah A DeaneRepublic 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!”
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Karen Barger, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill Owner Karen BargerDurango Wine Experience Co-Founder & Board Member Karen will be hosting "A Sense of Place" 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! Back to Top
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Lesley Ponce & Eric Allen, Wine Merchant Owners Leslie and Eric, Wine MerchantCatch these two presenting the "Panache of Grenache" seminar on Friday at 2pm at ENO and then pouring at the Wine Merchant table at the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Back to Top
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Chef Michael Lutfy, Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen Executive Chef & Owner Michael LuftyChef Michael will be featured at the "Pairing Wine with Southwestern Cuisine" at Chimayo on Thursday at 2:00pm and at the Chimayo Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Back to Top
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Chef Rob Blythe, Mahogany Grille at the Historic Strater Hotel Executive Chef Strater CrewChef Rob will be presenting at the Mahogany Grille Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting and featured at the Spanish wine dinner Saturday evening at the Strater Hotel. Back to Top
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Paul Tocco, Synergy Fine Wines Arch Duke of Good Juice and Wine Geekery Paul ToccoPaul will be featured at the Season’s wine dinner, "A Sense of Place" Thursday evening, pouring at the “Walk-About Durango” Friday afternoon and then pouring at the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Back to Top
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Phillip Fesquez 6512' Restaurant & Lounge Executive Chef Phillip will be featured at the 6512' Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Back to Top
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Chef Ryan Lowe, Ore House Executive Chef & General Manager Ryan LoweChef Ryan will be featured at the "Animas Chocolate Tasting and Wine Pairing" seminar on Friday at 11:00 am at the Ore House and presenting at the Ore House Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Back to Top
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Stacey Swetil-Rust, Constellation Wines Stacey Swetil-RustStacey Swetil-Rust discovered her passion for wine while working in a wine shop and in restaurants in the Aspen area. Moving to the Front Range of Colorado she has held various distributor and supplier positions with a focus on creative selling and education.  “You learn something new every day and let’s face it is there anything better than selling wine for a living?” You will find Stacey hosting the "Jelly Bean Wine Component Tasting" seminar on Thursday at 6512', pouring at the Sorrel Sky Gallery for the Walk-About and at the Grand Tasting.
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Feeling sentimental? Wanna see the talent from previous years? 

2015 SPECIAL GUESTS

2014 SPECIAL GUESTS

2013 SPECIAL GUESTS

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