BEAVER CREEK The highlight of Beaver Creek’s summer culinary scene, the sixth annual Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival, returns Aug. 9-11, with a blend of traditional events and a variety of new offerings. New this year, Maximilian Riedel, CEO of Riedel Crystal, joins the event along with festival newcomers Marnie Old and Bryan Dayton. Riedel will share his expert knowledge about glassware shape and its effects on the flavor of red wines. Old is a fresh and energetic sommelier who will lead wine seminars for both the trade professionals and consumers. Dayton, recent winner of GQ’s Bombay Sapphire cocktail competition, brings his inspired chef-style approach to cocktails with seminars on What’s Hot in Spirits and What Everybody’s Home Bar Needs to Have. The ever-popular Walk and Wine on Friday and Walk-Around Grand Tasting on Aug. 11 complement the tastings and seminars.
Also new this year, the Wine & Spirits Festival features three preview events for trade professionals including bartenders, buyers, sommeliers, food and beverage managers and off-premise sales representatives on Aug. 9. Marnie Old and Chef Christian Apetz from The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek’s 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill will host a seminar on how to build a luncheon with an ideal wine pairings. Additionally, Riedel will present a Spirits Seminar highlighting selecting proper glassware for specific spirits.
Trade Day schedule of events:
Aug. 9, Park Hyatt
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Building a Food Friendly Wine List for a Luncheon, presented by Marnie Old and Chef Christian Apetz.
2 to 3 p.m.: Riedel Spirits Seminar, presented by Maximilian Riedel
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: What’s Hot in Wine & Spirits, presented by Bryan Dayton
The trade day is intended for industry professionals. Tickets are $150 per person and may be purchased online at: http://wineandspiritstradeday.eventbrite.com.
Wine & Spirits Festival Program
The Ultimate Red Wine Experience, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Park Hyatt, $50
Expert Maximilian Riedel shares how your selection in glassware and its shape can affect the flavor of your favorite red wines.
Walk & Wine Beaver Creek, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Beaver Creek Hiking Center and Beaver Creek Chophouse, $95.
Enjoy a hike on Beaver Creek Mountain with professional guides from the Hiking Center, along with wines and lunch, hosted by Chef Jay McCarthy and Chef Bernd Spreitzhofer.
Pastries & Port Cooking & Wine Pairing Class, 3 to 5 p.m., Park Hyatt, $40
Chef Jenielle Hultberg and Premium Port Presenter Paul Muniger demonstrate pastry techniques and how to pair an ideal ports with their delicious desserts.
Spiegelau Beer Seminar, 5 to 6:30 p.m., The Osprey at Beaver Creek, $30
Presenter Doug Reed will share his knowledge about selecting the best glassware to enhance the flavor of your favorite beer.
Bright Future Foundation Dinner, 7 to 10 p.m., Splendido at The Chateau in Beaver Creek, $125
Local chef David Walford and Palm Bay Imports create a wine pairing dinner, a signature event of the festival. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Bright Future Foundation.
Cooking Class, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Splendido at The Chateau in Beaver Creek, $120
Chef Bernd Spreitzhofer hosts this exclusive intimate cooking class and wines will be provided by Palm Bay Imports
Wine Seminar, Presented by Wine Spectator Magazine 3 to 4:30 p.m., The Metropolitan, $30
Enjoy an afternoon wine seminar with entertaining sommelier host Marnie Old.
Spirits Seminar, 5 to 6:30 p.m., By Nature Gallery, $30
Spirits are making a big comeback and host Bryan Dayton will teach you about what’s new.
Walk-Around Grand Tasting, 7 to 10 p.m., Beaver Creek Village Ice Rink, $75
Experience a variety of wine and spirits and food pairings in an outdoor venue.
For lodging package specials, starting at just $134 per person per night, visit www.beavercreek.com. For event tickets only call 888-920-2787 or visit wineandspiritsfestival.eventbrite.com. 
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