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Steamboat Wine Festival returns Aug. 10 to 14

Teresa Ristow
The 13th annual Steamboat Wine Festival, which brings more than 500 fine wines, sommeliers, award-winning chefs and activities, takes place August 10 to 14.
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— It’s time to cleanse the palate in preparation for the 13th annual Steamboat Wine Festival, returning Wednesday through Aug. 14 to locations across Steamboat Springs.

The festival offers a variety of classroom sessions for the amateur sommelier, outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and standup paddleboarding — along with wine drinking, of course — and large gatherings including the Stroll of Steamboat Friday and the Toast of Steamboat tasting Saturday.

A promoter with the event’s new producer, Townsquare Media, said attendees should expect the same great festival they’ve grown accustomed to, despite a new production company.

“It’s the same festival that everyone’s seen in the past,” said Amanda Power, a producer with Live Events, a division of Townsquare Media.

Power said new sponsor Sotheby’s Wine will bring in new wines and host three of its own seminars, including sessions on how to collect wine and buying wine for investing or drinking.

This year’s festival will again partner with local nonprofit Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, or STARS, which will be the event’s beneficiary.

Tickets are still available for several events, including the Stroll of Steamboat, taking place from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at several restaurants and retailers downtown. Each stroll stop features a different selection of wines, beers or sprits and appetizers. Cost is $95.

Saturday’s Toast of Steamboat opens for VIP admission at 2 p.m., Aug. 13 at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, followed by general admission from 3 to 6 p.m.

The toast includes over 500 different wines and snacks from over 20 restaurants. Cost is $99 per person for general admission or $150 for VIP.

Power recommends those new to the festival try a classroom session, an outdoor activity and either the stroll or tasting event.

“I think it’s the perfect trifold of what you need for a great weekend in Steamboat,” Power said.

Volunteers are still needed for some Friday and Saturday shifts during the festival, and those who volunteer are given free passes to either the Friday Stroll of Steamboat of Saturday Taste of Steamboat.

For a full schedule events, to purchase tickets or to sign up for a volunteer position, visit steamboatwinefestival.com.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow


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