Press Release 2017

Press Release 2017: For Immediate Release: APRIL 10, 2017

Are you Experienced?

Durango Wine Experience set for May 4-6,2017

DURANGO, Colo. –

Reminding us all that there’s “No such thing as too much wine,” the 11 th Annual Durango Wine Experience is set for May 4-6, 2017, in Historic Downtown Durango, Colo.

With hundreds of wines and dozens of vendors, the Durango Wine Experience offers public tastings, multiple wine dinners, and more than six educational wine, craft beer, and spirit seminars.

“It has grown into one of the most respected tasting events in the country,” said Karen Barger, owner of Seasons Rotisserie & Grill and co-founder of the Wine Experience. “We’ve got the perfect venue in Downtown Durango with the natural beauty of the area. The event has seen steady growth over the years and we’ve been able to donate significantly to local non-profit organizations while becoming a 501(c)3 ourselves.”

The event’s signature, multi-location and public tasting event, the “Walk-About,” is set for Friday, May 5, 4-7 p.m. This year’s Downtown Durango venues include Azul Gallery, Sorrel Sky Gallery, Diane West Gallery, the Rochester Hotel courtyard, Steamworks Brewing Co. patio, Lively Boutique, Overland Trading, Four Leaves Winery, and Urban Market, among others. The newest locations include Second Ave. Sports and the Durango Welcome Center. The event will feature hundreds of wines and light appetizers spread among the locations. Check In for the event at the Strater Hotel Lobby, 699 Main Ave starting at 2pm on Wednesday May 3rd.

“Durango Wine Experience brings hundreds of people to town and introduces them to the beauty of Durango,” said Mandi Davis, event coordinator. “Our suppliers and vendors come back every year for the three-day stay or for separate vacations. It’s hard not to fall in love with this town, especially while you enjoy the amazing cuisine from our local restaurants and with a glass of wine. It’s a new adventure everywhere you look.”

On Saturday May 6th “The Grand Tasting” takes place 3-6:30 p.m. under the outdoor festival tent at First National Bank of Durango, 259 West 9th St. Dozens of vendors, which include wineries, distilleries and craft brewers are scheduled to participate. This signature event includes the wildly popular Restaurant Showcase, featuring some of Durango’s most talented and celebrated chefs and restaurants, including The Ore House, Seasons, Fifth Street Eatery, HWY 3 Roadhouse, Jean-Pierre Bakery, Animas Chocolate Company, Guido’s, Kennebec Café, Mahogany Grille, Chimayo, Cyprus Café, BREW, Steamworks Brewing Co., Carver Brewing Co., and El Moro Spirits and Tavern.

Wine Experience attendees may select from among several educational seminars scheduled throughout the event and attended by Master Sommeliers and Certified Wine Educators. All are within walking distance in Historic Downto wn Durango. Winemaker dinners are also scheduled at various Downtown restaurants on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

“There’s a lot going on,” said Barger. “Our dedication to providing educational programs to attendees so that they may explore the historical impacts of viniculture on the different areas of the world is really something you can’t get anywhere else . We encourage those interested to visit our web site and review the 2017 event schedule. Information on lodging and additional activities is also available there.”

Limited tickets are available for all Thursday, Friday and Saturday tasting events and seminars. Those purchasing Platinum Passes are invited to the VIP welcome event Thursday evening, May 4.

To learn more or purchase tickets, visit . For further information contact Mandi Davis, at [email protected] or 970.946.2408.

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For further information:

Leah Deane, [email protected] or 970.779.0031

Karen Barger, [email protected] or 970.749.2340

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