2014 Special Guests

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 Jeff Albarella, ~Stephen Anzalone,  ~ Eric Allen,  ~David Arnold ~ Joshua ArnoldKaren Barger, ~ Chef Rob Blythe, ~ Paul & Merrill Bonarrigo,  ~ Chef Miguel Carrillo, ~   Miguel Carrillo, ~ Chef Sean Clark,   ~  Chef Chris Crowl,  ~  Chef Dave Cuntz, ~William Davis,  ~ Leah A. Deane,  Chef Susan Devereaux ~Sinjin Eberle ~Brian FarnellPhillip Fesquez, ~Stephen Gonda Barbara Helmer, ~David Jespersen ~ Moose Koons ~ James LewisChef Ryan Lowe, ~ Chef Michael Lutfy, ~ Ken Martin, ~Chef Chuck NortonLarry O'Brien, MS, ~ Mark PapeLesley Ponce,  ~Nathan Riley ~   Carley Snider, ~  Chef David Stewart,  ~Jeffery Wingate ~ ~Previous Years~

Larry O'Brien, MS Jackson Family Fine Wines, Master Sommelier
Larry O'Brien Master Sommelier
Larry will be featured at the “So You Think You Can Taste” seminar on the rooftop patio at Eolus on Saturday morning at 11. Read more about Larry O'Brien
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Paul & Merrill Bonarrigo Messina Hof Owners
FA_Bonarrigo_03Paul & Merrill will be featured at the “Southwest Wines and Flavors” Luncheon on Friday at Chimayo at 1pm. Read more about Paul & Merrill here. 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, at the Spain & N.W. Portugal dinner Friday night and the Steamworks Restaurant Showcase table at the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Back to Top
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Chef Susan Devereaux Guido's Favorite Foods Guidos Chef Susan DevereauxExecutive Chef & Owner Susan will be featured at the  "Spanish Picnic" wine luncheon on Thursday, the "Corvina on the Catwalk" wine dinner at Guido's on Friday night and at the Guido's Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Back to Top
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Barbara Helmer & Chef Miguel Carrillo, Kennebec Chef/Owners Barbara and MiguelBarbara & Miguel will be hosting the “Small Bites, Big Night, tastes of the Mediterranean” wine dinner Thursday night and the Kennebec 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, Eolus Executive Chef & Owner Chris Crowl Chris will be hosting two wine seminars, he will be featured at the “Napa Mountain Winemaking” wine dinner at Eolus on Thursday night and & hosting the Eolus Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Back to Top
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James Lewis, Stuhlmuller Vineyards & Winery
James will be featured at the Stuhlmuller wine dinner at Seasons on Thursday evening at 7pm.
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Chuck Norton Hwy 3 Roadhouse Norton at the Roadhouse 003Chuck will be featured at the Hwy 3 Roadhouse Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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Chef David Stewart,
Seasons Rotisserie & Grille
Executive Chef Dave Stewart Chef Dave will be featured at  the Stuhlmuller wine 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 Albarella
Jeff will be featured at the Spring Beer Dinner on Thursday night & the  Carver Brewing Beer table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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Stephen Anzalone, CSW Beverage Distributors Steve Anzalone photoWine Specialist Stephen will be featured at the Spain & N.W. Portugal dinner at El Moro on Friday night.
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Ken Martin,
Steamworks Brewing Co. Lead Brewer & Director of Brewing Operations Ken Martin You 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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Leah A. Deane, WSET Advanced Durango Wine Experience Event Director; Republic National Distributing Company & Grand Vin District Manager; Champagne and Bacon Specialist Leah A DeaneLeah will be hitting the runway at the "Corvina on the Catwalk" wine dinner at Guido's and running around in high heels, coordinating all of the events and making sure you enjoy your “experience!”
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Mark Pape, Left Coast Cellars Mark will be featured at the “Sustainability” Seminar at the Ore House on Friday and may be seen floating down the Animas on Sunday.
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Karen Barger, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill Owner Karen BargerDurango Wine Experience Co-Founder & Board Member Karen will be hosting the Stuhlmuller wine 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 Merchant Catch these two presenting the "Wait, Wait, Let me Taste That!" blind tasting seminar on Thursday at Eolus 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 Lufty Chef Michael will be featured at the "Southwest Wine & Flavors" Luncheon at Chimayo on Friday  and at the Chimayo Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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Brian Farnell, Kobrand Wines & Spirits Brian will be featured at the "Passport Dinner: Legends of the Wine World" dinner Thursday evening at the Mahogany Grille in the Strater Hotel.
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Chef Rob Blythe, Mahogany Grille at the Historic Strater Hotel Executive Chef Strater Crew Chef Rob will be featured at the  "Passport Dinner: Legends of the Wine World" dinner Thursday evening at the Strater Hotel and presenting at the Mahogany Grille Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting.
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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 Lowe Chef Ryan will be featured at the "Sustainability" seminar on Friday 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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Moose Koons Peach Street Distillers
Moose is the featured speaker at the “Bourbon in Cocktails” seminar at El Moro Spirits & Tavern on Saturday at 1pm.
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Sinjin Eberle Colorado Bartenders Guild
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASinjin is featured at the “Tequila & Mescal” seminar at 6512 on Thursday at 3pm.
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Chef David Cuntz, Carver Brewing Co. Executive Chef Dave Cuntz Chef Dave will be featured at the will be featured at the Spring Beer Dinner on Thursday night & Carver's Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
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David Jespersen, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits
Dave will be featured at the “Small Bites, Big Night” wine dinner at Kennebec Thursday night and the “Sustainability” Seminar at the Ore House on Friday.
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Jeffery Wingate, Prestige Wine Imports
Jeffrey WingateJeff will lead the panel of experts at the “Sustainability” seminar at the Ore House on Friday at 3pm.
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William Davis, CWE, CSS, CMS Advanced Wilson Daniels
William DavisWilliam will be featured  “Old World Debates New World” seminar at the Strater Hotel at 11am on Furiday and also at the “Corvina on the Catwalk” fashion show and wine dinner at Guido’s on Friday night at 7:30pm.
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Stephen Gonda, Spire Collection
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStephen will be featured at the  “Old World Debates New World” seminar at 11am at the Strater Hotel on Friday and at the “Napa Mountain Winemaking” wine dinner at Eolus on Friday night at 7:30pm.
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David Arnold & Joshua Arnold Wines of the San Juan Owner & Winemaker David & Joshua will be featured at the “Southwest Wines and Flavors” Luncheon on Friday at Chimayo at 1pm.
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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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