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PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

RESTAURANTS PARTICIPATING IN 2015

Fifteen of Durango's hippest Chefs, your favorite & brand new Durango restaurants will be showing off during the 5th Annual Restaurant Showcase at the Grand Tasting on Saturday, April 25th, 2015!
Advanced reservations are recommended for all of these fine restaurants during the DWE weekend!
Brew Pub & Kitchen 117 West College Dr. - 970.259.5959 -Friday Walk-About Durango Tasting Participant @ 4:00 pm (pouring at Durango Coffee Company) -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm BREW Pub & Kitchen was opened in downtown Durango in March of 2013, by long time locals, Erik & Lainie Maxson with a focus on creating amazing hand crafted beer and delicious fresh food made from scratch. We hand craft our own spectacular beers and feature unique beers from other Colorado breweries as well as wonderful wines & select spirits. BREW is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner starting at 11 a.m. We make nearly every item from scratch and feature locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan & kid friendly. Executive Chef- Corey Weigand brewpubkitchen.com
** Carver’s Brewing Co.1022 Main Ave. – 970.259.2545 - Thursday Beer Seminar: How Beer is Made @ 3:00pm - Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm carver_logoSince 1986, Carvers has offered to Durango the very best in food and beer. We feature fresh soups and stews, fresh-roasted coffee and a healthy choice of entrées for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are the pioneers of craft brewing beer in the Four Corners with over 24 years’ experience brewing the finest ales and lagers. Come learn about our eco-friendly refillable growler and see what’s on tap. Executive Chef: Dave Cuntz Head Brewer: Patrick Jose carverbrewing.com ** Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen 862 Main Ave. – 970.259.2749 -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm ChimayoChimayo is a contemporary American bistro with a southwestern flair. Fresh salads, creative small plates, artisanal pizzas, and fire-roasted steaks, chicken and seafood are prepared in twin 600+ degree stone hearth ovens. Stop by to enjoy happy hour specials Monday – Friday. Executive Chef: Michael Lutfy GM: Birgitte Lutfy chimayodurango.com ** Cyprus Café 725 E. 2nd Ave. 970.385.6884 -Friday Wine Seminar: How to Pack the Perfect Picnic @ 3:00pm -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm Cyprus CafeEnjoy award-winning Mediterranean cuisine  recommended in Bon Appetit, Sunset Magazine and the New York Times- during your stay in downtown Durango, Colorado. Cyprus Cafe serves lunch and dinner, combining innovative meals with excellent service. The Cyprus uses locally raised vegetables when available and natural meats, assuring that every meal is fresh, healthy and delicious. Executive Chef/Owner- Alison Dance Chef- Vera Hansen www.cypruscafe.com ** ENO 723 E. 2nd Ave. 970.385.0105 -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm enoDurango’s newest coffee/wine/tapas bar is an exciting contemporary atmosphere dedicated to what we believe are the finer things in life, gourmet coffee, fine wine and tapas. Our by the glass menu is ever changing, bringing you a world of wine one glass at a time. In addition, we offer wine flights for the curious and obscurities for the connoisseur. We feature locally roasted organic fair trade coffees from Desert Sun Coffee Roasters as well as artisan cheeses from James Ranch and Linnaea farms. Established in May of 2010, ENO was conceived as a contemporary slice of life in a small mountain community that was thirsty for such delicacies. Executive Chef/Owner- Alison Dance Chef- Vera Hansen enodurango.com ** El Moro Spirits & Tavern 945 Main Ave. –  970.259.5555 -Thursday Wine Dinner: Rocky Mountain Wines @ 6:00pm -Saturday Spirit Seminar: Gin @ 1:00 pm ElMoro_WordPressnew-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm -Sunday Brunch 9-2pm Modern Rustic Cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Executive Chef- Sean Clark General Manager- Dave Woodruff elmorotavern.com
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Jean-Pierre Bakery & Wine Bar 601 Main Avenue – 970-247-7700 -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00pm Jean-PierreDowntown Durango “Le Cafe Chic & Wine Bar.” Jean Pierre Bakery specializes in French bakery items, French Cuisine, and Wine bar.  Come join us for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.  Jean Pierre Bakery is recommended by “Lonely Planet” and the “Michelin Guide”. Jean-Pierre Blege: owner, Pete Cardwell: General Manager, John Mehl: Employee extraordinaire jeanpierrebakery.com ** Guido’s Favorite Foods 1201 Main Ave. – 970.259.5028 –Thursday Luncheon: French Influence on Vietnamese Cuisine @11am -Friday Wine Dinner: Italian Wine & Fashion Show @7:30 pm -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @3:00 pm Guidos logoHere at Guido’s you will find traditional authentic Trattoria cooking using local farm fresh ingredients whenever possible. We encourage our guests to experience the true Italian way of dining. Our Chefs travel to Italy each year and bring their Italian food experiences back to share with you here at Guido’s. The original Guido’s opened in October of 2001. Come visit us at our new expanded location with our seasonal pet friendly patio at 1201 Main Avenue in the heart of historic downtown Durango. We invite you to experience a completely unique dining and shopping experience. Executive Chef- Susan Devereaux guidosfavoritefoods.com **   Highway 3 Roadhouse & Oyster Bar 955 Hwy. 3 – 970.247.4702 -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00pm Hwy 3 Roadhouse and oyster BarHwy 3 Roadhouse has become a locals hangout! Open just 3 days a week, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 4 to 8pm. The Hwy 3 Roadhouse features mostly New Orleans Cuisine with fresh oysters, blue crab cakes, bbq shrimp, fried and blackened catfish, soft-shell crab po-boy with some southwest foods also. Finish it off with bread pudding w/whiskey sauce. A must find for your visit in Durango. Executive Chef- Chuck Norton nortonscatering.com ** The Kennebec #4 CR 124 – 970.247.5674 - Wine Dinner:  Small Bites--Big Nights--A Taste of Italy @ 7:00 pm Kennebec-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00 pm The Kennebec features Mediterranean & American Inspired Cuisine with an extensive wine list, full bar, takeout and an ever changing seasonal menu. Located just 10 miles west of Durango on Hwy 160. Event and banquet facility available. Lunch & Dinner Tuesday – Sunday, Brunch Saturday & Sunday. Reservations accepted. Chef/Owners: Barbara Helmer & Chef Miguel Carrillo kennebeccafe.com ** Mahogany Grille 699 Main Ave.  - 970.247.4433 -Saturday Wine Seminar:  Riedel Wine Stemware @ 11:00 am -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00 pm Mahogany GrilleWelcome to the Mahogany Grille! We invite you to join us for a relaxing evening of wonderfully prepared cuisine and premier service. Here at the Mahogany Grille, we strive to exceed your culinary expectations, while you enjoy our fine dining atmosphere, personalized service and exceptional live music. Don’t forget to peruse our wine list: The Mahogany Grille has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award for three consecutive years! Executive Chef- Rob Blythe mahoganygrille.com ** Ore House Restaurant 147 East College Dr. – 970.247.5707 -Friday Wine Seminar: Steak & Red Wine Components @ 11:00 am -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm. Ore House LogoEstablished in 1972, the Ore House is one of Colorado's oldest and finest restaurants. The dining room exemplifies the heritage, history and culture of Southwestern Colorado. Chef owned & operated, you can expect high-end steakhouse cuisine served by a warm & attentive yet refined service staff. You will always find hand-cut steaks, sustainable wild-caught seafood and seasonal local ingredients on the menu. The Ore House is also well known for their extensive Whiskey & Wine collection as well as an ever evolving craft cocktail menu. Chef & Owner- Ryan Lowe Chef- Cliff Bornheim orehouserestaurant.com ** Seasons Rotisserie & Grill 764 Main Ave. – 970.382.9790 ~SPONSOR~ -Thursday Wine Dinner "Tour de France" @ 7:00 pm -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm SEASONSClassic Bistro setting with the warm charm of our Western town. Located in Historic Downtown Durango, our casually professional staff will make your dining experience memorable. Rooted in American Style cooking, we specialize in locally grown or produced products. Check out our current seasonal menus and award winning wine list. Owners- Karen and Wayne Barger Executive Chef -David Stewart seasonsofdurango.com ** Steamworks Brewing Co. 801 E. 2nd Ave. – 970.259.9200 ~SPONSOR~ -Thursday VIP Welcome Reception @ 4:00 pm on the deck. -Friday Walk-About Durango Tasting Location @ 4:00 pm in the courtyard. -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm SteamworksSteamworks Brewing Co. opened its doors in Durango in September 1996. Our brewpub has much more to offer than award-winning craft beer. Steamworks’ culinary program is unmatched in the region in both breadth and quality of offerings. Our “gastropub” fare includes regionally-raised meats and sustainable seafood. Healthy salads, delicious pizzas, spicy Southwestern-style dishes, and vegetarian & gluten-free offerings provide something for everyone. Executive Chef- Sean Clark Brewmaster- Ken Martin, Brewer- Spencer Roper Co-Founders- Brian McEachron & Kris Oyler steamworksbrewing.com ** Yardbird Eatery 139 E. 5th St.970.259.1377 Yardbird Eatery logo-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm Inspired by the Southern roots of nationally recognized Chef Neal Drysdale, Yardbird offers real-deal Southern Cuisine in Durango, CO.  A completely from scratch menu of natural, organic, and local when available products keep the menu fresh and seasonal.  You will be able to taste the passion we put into our food! Chef & Owner- Neal Drysdale www.yardbirdeatery.com **

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS 2014

RESTAURANTS THAT PARTICIPATED IN 2014

4th Annual Restaurant Showcase 

6512′ Restaurant & Lounge 152 East College Dr. - 970.247.9083 6512websitelogo-Thursday Seminar: “Tequila & Mescal @ 3:00 pm -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm Owners: Chris Forrest and Sam Beardsley; GM: Colin Brunson Executive Chef: Phillip Fresquez 6512restaurant.com ** Carver’s Brewing 1022 Main Ave. – 970.259.2545 -Thursday Beer Dinner: Spring Beer Dinner @ 6pm Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:30 pm carver_logoSince 1986, Carvers has offered to Durango the very best in food and beer. We feature fresh soups and stews, fresh-roasted coffee and a healthy choice of entrées for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are the pioneers of craft brewing beer in the Four Corners with over 24 years’ experience brewing the finest ales and lagers. Come learn about our eco-friendly refillable growler and see what’s on tap. Executive Chef: Dave Cuntz Head Brewer: Jeff Albarella carverbrewing.com ** Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen 862 Main Ave. – 970.259.2749 -Friday Wine Luncheon: Southwest Flavors & Wines @ 1:00 pm -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm ChimayoChimayo is a contemporary American bistro with a southwestern flair. Fresh salads, creative small plates, artisanal pizzas, and fire-roasted steaks, chicken and seafood are prepared in twin 600+ degree stone hearth ovens. Stop by to enjoy happy hour specials Monday – Friday.  Executive Chef: Michael Lutfy GM: Birgitte Lutfy chimayodurango.com ** El Moro Spirits & Tavern 945 Main Ave. –  970.259.5555 ElMoro_WordPressnew-Friday Wine Dinner: Spain & N.W. Portugal @ 7:00pm -Saturday Spirit Seminar: Bourbon in Cocktails @ 1:00 pm -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm -Sunday Brunch 9-2pm Modern Rustic Cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Executive Chef: Sean Clark General Manager: Dave Woodruff elmorotavern.com ** Eolus Bar & Dining  919 Main Ave. –  970.259.2898 eolus-logo-Thursday Seminar: Wait, Wait, Let Me Taste That! @ 11:00 am -Friday Wine Dinner: Napa Winemaking@ 7:30pm -Saturday Master Wine Seminar: So You Think You Can Taste? @ 11:00 am -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm Executive Chef/Owner – Chris Crowl Manager/Owner James Allred eolusdurango.com
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 Guido’s Favorite Foods 1201 Main Ave. – 970.259.5028
Guidos logo Guidos logo -Thursday Wine Luncheon: Spanish Picnic @ 11:00am -Friday Wine Dinner: Corvina on the Catwalk @ 7:30pm -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00pm Authentic Italian Trattoria. Specializing in Seafood, Hand Made Pasta Dishes, Eggplant Parmesan, Veal Scaloppini, Lasagna Bolognese and Grilled Steaks. Award Winning Wine List. Amazing Daily Specials. Durango’s Only Dog Friendly Main Avenue Patio. Serving Lunch and Dinner. European Gourmet Market providing hand cut meats and cheeses. Susan Devereaux – Executive Chef guidosfavoritefoods.com **
Highway 3 Roadhouse & Oyster Bar 955 Hwy. 3 - 970.247.4702 Nortons-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00pm The Hwy 3 Roadhouse has become a locals hangout! Open just 3 days a week, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 4 to 8pm. The Hwy 3 Roadhouse features mostly New Orleans Cuisine with fresh oysters, blue crab cakes, bbq shrimp, fried and blackened catfish, soft-shell crab po-boy with some southwest foods also. Finish it off with bread pudding w/whiskey sauce. A must find for your visit in Durango. Chuck Norton – Executive Chef Manager: Shawn Fergusson www.nortonscatering.com
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Jean-Pierre Bakery & Wine Bar 601 Main Avenue – 970-247-7700 -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00pm Jean-PierreDowntown Durango “Le Cafe Chic & Wine Bar.” Jean Pierre Bakery specializes in French bakery items, French Cuisine, and Wine bar.  Come join us for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.  Jean Pierre Bakery is recommended by “Lonely Planet” and the “Michelin Guide”. Jean-Pierre Blege: owner, Pete Cardwell: General Manager, John Mehl: Employee extraordinaire jeanpierrebakery.com The Kennebec  #4 CR 124 – 970.247.5674 -Thursday Wine Dinner Small Bites–Big Night - Tastes of the Mediterranean @ 7:00 pm -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm KennebecThe Kennebec features Mediterranean & American Inspired Cuisine with an extensive wine list, full bar, takeout and an ever changing seasonal menu. Located just 10 miles west of Durango on Hwy 160. Event and banquet facility available. Lunch & Dinner Tuesday – Sunday, Brunch Saturday & Sunday. Reservations accepted. Chef/Owners- Barbara Helmer & Miguel Carrillo kennebeccafe.com ** Mahogany Grille 699 Main Ave.  - 970.247.4433 -Thursday Wine Dinner: Passport Dinner: Legends of the Wine World @ 7:30pm -Friday Wine Seminar: Old World Debates New World, @11am -Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00 pm -Saturday "Wine versus Beer" Dinner @ 7:30 pm Mahogany GrilleWelcome to the Mahogany Grille! We invite you to join us for a relaxing evening of wonderfully prepared cuisine and premier service. Here at the Mahogany Grille, we strive to exceed your culinary expectations, while you enjoy our fine dining atmosphere, personalized service and exceptional live music. Don’t forget to peruse our wine list: The Mahogany Grille has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award for three consecutive years! Executive Chef: Rob Blythe mahoganygrille.com ** Ore House Restaurant 147 East College Dr. – 970.247.5707 -Friday Wine Seminar: Sustainability @ 3:00 pm -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm OreHouse-NewEstablished in 1972, the Ore House is one of Durango’s oldest and finest restaurants. Featuring hand-cut USDA certified Black Angus prime and choice steaks, sustainable wild caught seafood, all natural poultry, seasonal local produce, and homemade desserts. Executive Chef- Ryan Lowe orehouserestaurant.com ** Seasons Rotisserie & Grill 764 Main Ave. – 970.382.9790 ~SPONSOR~ -Thursday Wine Dinner “Stuhlmuller Vineyards” @ 7:00 pm -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm SEASONSClassic Bistro setting with the warm charm of our Western town. Located in Historic Downtown Durango, our casually professional staff will make your dining experience memorable. Rooted in American Style cooking, we specialize in locally grown or produced products. Check out our current seasonal menus and award winning wine list. Karen and Wayne Barger, Owners David Stewart, Executive Chef Neal Drysdale, Sous Chef Erin Gregory, Asst. GM seasonsofdurango.com ** Steamworks Brewing Co. 801 E. 2nd Ave. – 970.259.9200 ~SPONSOR~ -Thursday VIP Welcome Reception @ 4:00 pm -Friday Walk-About Durango Tasting Location @ 4:00 pm -Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm SteamworksSteamworks Brewing Co. opened its doors in Durango in September 1996. Our brewpub has much more to offer than award-winning craft beer. Steamworks’ culinary program is unmatched in the region in both breadth and quality of offerings. Our “gastropub” fare includes regionally-raised meats and sustainable seafood. Healthy salads, delicious pizzas, spicy Southwestern-style dishes, and vegetarian & gluten-free offerings provide something for everyone. Executive Chef- Sean Clark Brewmaster- Ken Martin, Brewer- Spencer Roper Co-Founders- Brian McEachron & Kris Oyler steamworksbrewing.com **

2013 Special Guests

Alison Dance, Cyprus Café & ENO Chef & Owner Alison DanceAlison 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. 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 7:00pm and the Kennebec Café Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Carley Felton, Animas Chocolate Company Owner Carley FeltonCarley 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. 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. 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. Chef David Stewart, Seasons Rotisserie & Grille Executive Chef Dave StewartChef Dave will be featured at the Synergy wine dinner Thursday evening and at the Seasons Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Chef Dennis Morrisoe, Glacier Club Executive Chef Dennis will be featured at the Glacier Club Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday.
Doug Reed, Riedel Glassware Doug ReedDoug 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. Jay Fletcher, MS Southern Wine & Spirits of CO 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 “Wines of France” wine seminar on Saturday at 11:00am on the Cosmo Rooftop Patio. Joseph Lange, Lange Twins Winery Owner  Joseph 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, mountain biking, snow skiing, martial arts, and discovering new wines. Karen Barger, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill Owner Karen BargerDurango Wine Experience Co-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! 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 table on Saturday. Leah 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”! Lesley Ponce & Eric Allen, Wine Merchant Owners Catch 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. Chef Michael Lufty, Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen Executive Chef & Owner Chef 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. Chef Rob Blythe, Mahogany Grille at the Historic Strater Hotel Executive Chef Chef Rob will be featured at the winemaker dinner Saturday evening at the Strater Hotel and presenting at the Mahogany Grille Restaurant Showcase Table during the Grand Tasting on Saturday. 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. 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.     Chef Sean Clark, Steamworks Brewing Co. Executive Chef Sean ClarkYou will find Sean at Thursday’s VIP Welcome Reception, Friday’s Walk-About Durango and the Grand Tasting on Saturday.