See, swirl, smell, slurp, swish, spit
Don’t be afraid to spit.
That’s the best advice Cat Loyd, event manager for the Steamboat Winter Wine Showcase, has for attendees to the Grand Tasting, where 200 wines will be on hand for the swilling.
“Swirl, swish and spit,” Loyd said. “You don’t get as tipsy as quickly.”
The Grand Tasting will be held in the Burgess Creek Room of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. Loyd recommends starting with chardonnays and then coming back to test the reds as a way of saving your palette.
Hoer d’oeurves will be served, and entertainment will be provided by the Poor Boys A Cappella Group from Central City.
Most of the vineyards that will be serving wine Jan. 29 will be familiar even to people with only a passing, dinnertime knowledge of wine — Concannon Vineyards, Kendal Jackson, Penfolds and Lindemans Winery and Ventanna.
Attendees will be given a tasting guide and pen to record thoughts and impressions about different wines and to remember the wine names weeks or months later when shopping for wine. (All the wines served at the showcase will be available at Central Park Liquor, where there is already a display of the scheduled wines.)
“This is a great opportunity to taste some wines that you wouldn’t normally try,” Loyd said. “People tend to stick with what they know they like. This way you can try something without having to spend the money on an entire bottle of wine.”
This is the first year for the Steamboat Winter Wine Showcase, organized by Team Sage Productions in cooperation with the Steamboat Ski Area. The Grand Tasting will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 29 and will feature an auction to benefit the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
A similar event was held in the summer with a longer list of wines and benefited the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. Team Sage plans to make the summer and winter wine festivals annual events.
“We wanted to do something this winter, and we wanted to focus on a weekend that’s typically slow in Steamboat,” Loyd said. “We’re trying to attract wine connoisseurs, but also people who just want to be able to read a wine label and know what’s on it.”
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