Seminars 2018

Experience all seven educational seminars.

Buy your tickets early as our seminars can sell out!
Get one of our limited “Wine Expert” All Seminar Access Passes to attend every single seminar!  In addition to the seminars listed below, there is also a luncheon and several wine dinners over the course of the weekend!
Check out the featured and talented local chefs and guest speakers!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Seminar 1: DWE Blind Tasting Challenge: Battle Royale Rosé
@ Animas Chocolate Company
Moderated by Leah A. Deane | Expert Panel: William, Stewart, Tommy, Brooke & Stacey
A Rosé tasting like you’ve seen… because it’s blind! See what we did there? Nine Rosé glasses will be sat before our guests as they experience Rosé from different regions, wine-making styles, and grapes and try to guess where they originate. Added bonus: If you guess the most correctly, you are going home with $200 worth of shopping gift certificates. So get your palettes ready to say, “Yes Way Rosé!”
Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” 
$ 30 per person

Thursday, May 3, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Seminar 2: Whiskey, Wine and Doughnuts: Go Nuts for Boozy Doughnuts!
@ Rendezvous Doughnuts
Featuring Honey House Whiskey , Cooper & Thief Wines and Chef Charlie Shew 
Whiskey and Doughnuts are here at last! Sure, whiskey and donuts will never beat the classic coffee and donuts, but find out why this combination joins the ranks of other great food pairings like macaroni and cheese, chips and salsa, and pizza and soup (oh wait, we made that one up). You will love this mid-day treat that turns your favorite breakfast food into your favorite cocktail.
Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” 
$ 20 per person

Thursday, May 3, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Seminar 3: “Yes you CAN…Drink wine from a CAN!”
@ Animas Brewing Co.
Featuring live entertainment and Infinite Monkey Theorem’s famous Monkey Bus
It’s a wine and cheese tasting of a different kind, highlighting Infinite Monkey Theorem’s canned wine and Animas Brewing Company’s Cheese Curds. Entry fee at the door gets you a complimentary can of wine and into the doors of Durango’s newest brewery.
 Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass”
$ 10 per person

Friday, May 4, 2018: 
11:00 a
– 12:30 pm
Seminar 4: ”10 Things I Love about Cru… Beaujolais!”

@ Jean-Pierre Bakery & Wine Bar
Panel: William Davis, Wilson Daniels; Susie Mayr, Kobrand; Shelley Sale, SGWS; Anneliese Zemp, Classic, Leah A. Deane, RNDC & Lesley Ponce, Wine Shop/Veraison. 
Join us for an in-depth look at the ten (yes, there are TEN!) Crus of the region. We’ll delve deeper in to the site specifics of each Cru and the typical flavor profiles that will help you navigate your wine shop shelves or restaurant wine lists when ordering Cru Beaujolais. We’ll briefly go over the past, present, and the future of the region, and we’ll discuss vintage variation. Oh and we’ll drink a lot of Cru Beaujolais. So there’s that too.
Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” 
$ 50 per person

Friday, May 4, 2018
3:00 am – 4:00 pm
Seminar 5: “Amaro at El Moro”
@El Moro Spirits and Tavern.
Featuring Eric Wilson of Peach Street Distillery, Matt Guerriero of Vin Market and Chris Forrest of SGWS 
Fall in Love with Amaro, take it on a date, invite it to Prom, and live happily ever after. Find out why Amaro is hot and how to truly appreciate it on its own and in cocktails. Amaro enthusiasts will walk us through their love and inspire a new journey for our guests!
Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass”  
$ 25 per person

Saturday, May 5, 2018
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Seminar 6: “I’m in Love with the Shape of You!”
@ Eolus – Rooftop Patio
Featuring Shelley Sale, Riedel Ambassador for the State of Colorado, SWGS Portfolio Manager
Find out why shape matters! In a unique and fascinating wine glass tasting, Shelly Sale, Riedel ambassador, will demonstrate the relationship between the shape of a glass and our perception and enjoyment of wines. Experience first-hand the effect that the shape of a wine glass has on each unique varietal, how stemware translates and delivers the bouquet, taste, balance and finish of a  wine to the senses. After the seminar you will take home your own 4 glass Riedel kit valued at $120 with one glass for each varietal. 
Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass” 
$ 50 per person

Saturday, May 5, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Seminar 7: “Cinco de Mezcal”
@ Bookcase & Barber
Featuring Matt Guerriero 
Dine into the flavors of Mexico’s most mysterious spirit on Cinco de Mayo. Learn about how mezcal and tequila are close siblings of very, very different temperaments. And how one of the most obscure and glorious elixirs of the Gods can be artisan yet affordable. 
Included in the “All-Access Platinum Festival Pass” & the “Wine Expert Seminar Pass”  
$ 30 per person

The “Wine Expert” All Seminar Access Pass!

Experience all eight educational seminars…
**Does not include any tastings, luncheons or wine dinners. **


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I bought tickets online for a seminar. Do I need to go to the event office to check in?
No. Please proceed directly to the listed seminar location. Your name will be on a list at the door. Please bring your ID , ticket and please, leave your pine tree perfume at home! No perfume or cologne at any DWE event. We want to smell the wine, not the people.


You do not need to check in at the DWE Event office at R Space (734 E. 2nd Ave) for seminars. Please proceed directly to the seminar location and show your id at the door. You do not need to bring your glass to any seminars.
In order for all guests to get the most out of their “experience”, please refrain from wearing perfume or cologne to any Durango Wine Experience event.

You must be 21 years of age to participate in the Durango Wine Experience.

*Please note, tickets are non-refundable*

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