Press Release 2018: For Immediate Release: APRIL 10, 2018
Are you Experienced?
Durango Wine Experience set for May 3-5,2018
DURANGO, Colo. –
Reminding us all that there’s “No such thing as too much wine,” the 12 th Annual Durango Wine Experience is set for May 3-5, 2018, 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 eight 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 of Durango 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 4, 4-7 p.m. This year’s Downtown Durango venues include Artezanos, Azul Gallery, Karyn Gabaldon Arts, Animas Chocolate Company, R Space, Durango Welcome Center, Lively Boutique, Overland Outfitters, the Rochester Hotel courtyard, Second Avenue Sports, Steamworks Brewing Co. patio, Urban Market, Jean-Pierre Bakerun & Wine Bar, and Four Leaves Windery among others. The event will feature hundreds of wines and light appetizers spread among the locations. Check In for the event at R Space, 734 E. 2nd Ave on Wednesday May 2nd.
“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 5th “The Grand Tasting” takes place 3-6:30 p.m. under the outdoor festival tent at the Smiley Building, 1309 East Third Ave. 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 Animas Brewing Co., Brew Pub Kitchen, Carver Brewing Co. Chimayo, Cyprus Café, Derailed, El Moro Spirits and Tavern, Eolus, Highway 3 Roadhouse by Norton’s Catering, Kennebec Cafe, Ore House, Rochester Hotel, Steamworks Brewing Co., and Seasons of Durango.
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 2018 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.
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