Thursday Picnic Seminar - "Precious Bites": Bubbles, Still Wines and Culinary Delights ($125) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Kick-off your al fresco lunch in style with tasty appetizers paired with an all-star lineup of sparkling wines from California, the Cava region in Spain and the Prosecco region in Italy. Then, enjoy a melange of mouth-watering lunch courses paired with a selection of elegant styles of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the West Coast of CA. Along the way, learn about the unique climates of each region, the grapes inside each of the wines, unique ways to pair them with food, and so much more! Moderated by Chris Sawyer. Seminar: Introduction to Wine Tasting (Free) 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Seminar Tent Can't tell a Pinot from your big toe? Clueless about Cabernet? Couldn't pick out a Chardonnay unless it hit you over the head? This seminar, presented by Tim Hanni, is for newbies who are wading into the world of wine, or for long-time lovers looking for a refresher course. Learn the tasting basics, understand varietals, and more. Toast of Telluride ($60) 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Town of Telluride businesses Join us in the Town of Telluride for the 36th Annual progressive tasting of wines and nibbles. Hop from shop-to-shop, amble from gallery-to-gallery and restaurant-to-restaurant and meet a new winery eager to share their story and wines with you. Tastings and a vintage TWF wine glass are included in the price of the ticket. VIP Poster Signing with Nicole Finger (Limited to Patrons & Saveur Passholders only) 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm for Patrons 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm for Saveurs Gold Mountain Gallery, 135 W Colorado Ave The Gold Mountain Gallery is proud to host our VIP Champagne Reception and Poster Signing. Come meet the 2017 poster artist, Nicole Finger, indulge in some bubbly, and rub elbows with fellow Patrons. Pop in, stay for a while, or mosey on down the street to your next stop during the Toast of Telluride. IN PERSON: 2017 Poster Artist, Nicole Finger Blind Tiger Speakeasy ($65) 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm Secret Location, Town of Telluride Channel your inner Gatsby or Daisy and meet us down a dark alley at the secret entrance to Thursday night's most roaring party. Step back in time when prohibition was the law of the land, and elegant parties still raged in hidden speakeasies. Flappers and gangsters can dance the night away as beer, wine, and spirits brands pour drinks and signature cocktails. It may feel a little naughty, but we promise your night will be nothing short of nice. **Limited number of tickets available. SPONSORED BY: Friday Seminar: "Perfectly Pinot" ($75) 10:30 am - 11:30 am Seminar Tent, MV If you are passionate about Pinot Noir, why NOT try it for breakfast? This morning seminar gives you a unique opportunity to taste a collection of these sophisticated, limited-release wines crafted from world-class grapes grown in the prestigious regions of Russian River Valley, Santa Rita Hills, Anderson Valley, Willamette Valley, and other coastal regions of the West Coast. Featuring Bob Iantosca from Gloria Ferrer, Mike Sullivan from Benovia, and wines from Davis Bynum and The Calling. MODERATOR: Chris Sawyer SPECIAL GUESTS: Bob Iantosca-Executive Winemaker-Gloria Ferrer, Mike Sullivan-Winemaker-Benovia Winery Picnic/Seminar - "The Terroir Exploration" ($125) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Private home-Town of Telluride Imagine pairing the flavors of wines made with pristine fruit from legendary wine growing regions with fine cuisine crafted by some of the most talented chefs in the United States. Then, add in the fact that this stylish luncheon will be held at a private residence in one of the most gorgeous settings in America. MODERATOR: Chris Sawyer WINERIES: TBD Cosmopolitan Luncheon ($125) 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Cosmopolitan Restaurant, 301 W San Juan Ave Set in a former grand saloon, the restaurant is run by James Beard House invitee Chad Scothorn, whose knack for grafting Asian culinary traditions over American fine-dining fare suggests the work of Citizen Public House maestro Bernie Kantak. Join us as Chef Scothorn and guest Chef James Reaux serve up some magic alongside wine tastings from premiere wineries - the result is nothing short of tantalizing... CHEFS: Chad Scothorn and James Reaux Seminar: "Rhone If You Want To" ($75) 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Seminar Tent-MV The world is just better through rose-colored glasses - well, when they are holding red, white, and pink wines anyway. Just ask the growing number of talented American winemakers who are crafting world-class wines made with Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier and the intriguing grape varieties brought over from the Rhone Valley of France. Learn about the characteristics of the special grapes used to make a wide range of flavorful red and white still wines, dry pink wines, and complex blends that are great to pair with a wide range of cuisine all year long. MODERATOR: Chris Sawyer SPECIAL GUESTS: Lise Ciolino-Winemaker-Montemaggiore, David Phillips-Winemaker-Michael David Wine. Inaugural Culinary Village ($60) 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm Heritage Plaza, MV Join us for our Inaugural Culinary Village in Mountain Village! Immerse yourself into the magic of Colorado with local wines from across the State! Meet the Father of Colorado wine, Bennett Price at his Debeque Canyon winery table and learn the history of Colorado winemaking. Taste local spirits brands in our Spirits Tent and sample new concoctions every hour from our roster of Master Mixologists at the Main Bar. Later relax with a brew from our Biergarten and watch a free culinary demo given by one of our Celebrity Chefs on the Main Stage sponsored by the Colorado Dept of Agriculture. Later, dance to the sounds of local bands performing all day, and don't forget to drink the water supplied by the bottlers of Cascade Mtn Spring water while you shop and peruse artisan and gourmet kitchenware, bar ware, crafts, and specialty food items. Oh, and don't forget the Red Trucks! Join us at this NEW EVENT. Seminar: "Mixed Bag of Mixed Blacks:" Preserving Rare Old-Vine Wines ($75) 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Seminar Tent, MV Before Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon became the most popular red grapes to plant west of the Rockies, most of the full-bodied red wines were made with Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, and other legendary grape varietals referred to as "mixed blacks." Join us at this rare opportunity to taste and find out what proprietors of the Robert Biale Vineyard, Hamel Family Wines and other special producers from Napa Valley and Sonoma County are doing to preserve these old vines as you experience this magnificent series of limited-release wines. MODERATOR: Chris Sawyer SPECIAL GUESTS: Chris Dearden-Robert Biale Vineyards "Bong Appétit" Cannabis Pairing Dinner ($245) 7:00 pm - ? pm Private Home No, you aren't seeing things, this is Colorado after all! This cannabis, cuisine, and wine pairing dinner is for our attendees who are a bit...experimental. We'll whisk you away to a private residence where you will enjoy 4 different strains of locally-grown cannabis paired with complementary wine varietals and culinary creations. This orchestrated pairing provides a relaxing yet structured environment for you to learn directly about what you're consuming from a dispensary owner, a Professional Chef, and a Master Sommelier. This is a partnership between Cultivating Spirits LLC and The Telluride Wine Festival. **This event is by invitation only. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending. TRANSPORTATION WILL BE PROVIDED. Saturday Seminar: "Inventing an Icon": The Art & Craft of Proprietary Red Blends ($75) 10:30 am - 11:30 am Seminar Tent From elegant to powerful, the profiles of complex red wine blends made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and other special grape varieties offer flavor profiles that set themselves apart from all the rest. Learn more about the art of crafting these “proprietary blends” while tasting through a magnificent array of these special full-bodied wines made with pristine fruit from world-class vineyards in Napa Valley and beyond. MODERATOR: Chris Sawyer Picnic/Seminar: "Trending Now!" Food & Wine for Summer & Fall 2017 ($125) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Private Home - Town of Telluride Want a crisp refreshing alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc? Need a dry Rosé to pair with gourmet salads, cheeses and seafood? What are the best red wines to pair with fresh veggies, barbecued chicken and grilled meats? Find out the answers to these and many more food and wine questions at this magnificent lunch paired with hot new wines from around the globe. Learn what's Trending Now, and decide what your NEW favorite wine style is for 2017! MODERATOR: Chris Sawyer Culinary Village * 12:00 pm- 7:00 pm Heritage Plaza-MV Join us for our Inaugural Culinary Village in Mountain Village! Immerse yourself into the magic of Colorado with local wines from across the State! Meet the Father of Colorado wine, Bennett Price at his Debeque Canyon winery table and learn the history of Colorado winemaking. Taste local spirits brands in our Spirits Tent and sample new concoctions every hour from our roster of Master Mixologists at the Main Bar. Later relax with a brew from our Biergarten and watch a free culinary demo given by one of our Celebrity Chefs on the Main Stage sponsored by the Colorado Dept of Agriculture. Later, dance to the sounds of local bands performing all day, and don't forget to drink the water supplied by the bottlers of Cascade Mtn Spring water while you shop and peruse artisan and gourmet kitchenware, bar ware, crafts, and specialty food items and take home a bottle (or a case) of Colorado Wine. * A ticket to the Grand Tasting gets you access to the Culinary Village today. Grand Tasting ($100) 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Pond Plaza- MV Enter through the New Culinary Village and start your journey into the Grand with a sip of Colorado Wine, a bit of beer and head down to the Pond for the Grand Tasting of wines and foods from across the Globe. Pining for Pinot? Crazy for Cabernet? Randy for Rioja? No matter what wine you love, find it here along with wines you have never had. Taste them, learn about them, and find a new varietal to call your own. **Don't have any idea how to decide which wines to taste? Want to avoid the lines? Check out our Sommelier-curated one hour tours of the Grand Tasting that start at 4:00. Buy your ADD-ON for $30 and meet your group at the Boat Dock. Crystal wine glass included. *VIP access begins at 2 pm. Patron Dinner : "Walk on the Wild Side"* 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Private Home Every year, the Telluride Wine Festival Patron Dinner is the culinary capstone of the weekend. This year is no different. Featuring wild game from the bounty of the Colorado wilderness and beyond, paired with and super-premium wines from the best wineries in the country, this exotic farm-to-table feast will sear itself into your memory as one of the best meals you've ever had. * Public tickets may become available. Please add your name to the Wait List if you'd like to be contacted if tickets become available. Transportation will be provided. Sunday Seminar: "Morning After" Cocktails ($40) 9:30 am - 10:30 am VIP Clubhouse-MV Wipe the sleep from your eyes, throw on some fresh clothes, pop a few Aleve, and grab your cocktail shaker - it's time for some hair of the dog! Join some of our favorite mixologists as you stave off a hangover and learn how to whisk up some unique concoctions that any brunch table would be proud to present. Coffee will be served! Brunch on Main - Bar Opens & Seating Begins 11:00 am - 11:30 am Feeling a little off from the night before? Simply want to soak up some sunshine and some vistas? Be a brunch early bird and enjoy Mimosas, Bloody Mary's, and more before the big event Brunch on Main ($75) 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm Enjoy one of the box canyon's most iconic views from the three-block-long banquet table running down the center of Colorado Avenue as you enjoy a gourmet brunch from a choice of Telluride's best restaurants. Enjoy mimosas, Bloody Mary's, and more as you nibble on a selection of delectable delights. The only thing better than the food is the view. Bring your camera, but even if you forget, this is sure to be an experience you'll never forget. Paella Dinner ($195) 6:00 pm - ? pm Vamos a la playa! Well, maybe not exactly, but this dining experience will transport you to the shores of Spain where you will enjoy a paella cooking demonstration paired with a selection of Spanish wine varietals. Hosted in a private Mountain Village residence, this meal will nourish your mind, body, and cultural curiosity.