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Vine and Dive Festival at Big Sky Resort
August 13, 2015 - August 16, 2015Price varies
BIG SKY, Mont. — The acclaimed Big Sky Resort southwest of Bozeman plays host to the second annual Vine and Dine Festival on Aug. 13-16, featuring more than 20 vintners from around the world. The event spotlights wine seminars, educational tastings, food and music.
Headlining event is ‘The Vine & Dine Stroll.’ It also includes Scott Giambastiani, Google Global Food program chef; Kent Torrey from the Cheese Shop of Carmel, Calf., and world renowned Court of Master Sommeliers Fred Dame and Jay Fletcher, who will be presenting seminars and food demonstrations.
Participating wineries from the Pacific Northwest include Brooks Winery, Elk Cove Vineyards, Raptor Ridge Winery, Natalie’s Estate Winery and Reininger Winery.
Festivities begin on Thursday, Aug. 13 with Pairsine (pronounced pair-ZEEN), food and wine pairing competition staged by Wine Country Network, Inc. This national competition will challenge 10 regional chefs to create original, gourmet wine and cuisine pairings.
Giambastiani, Torrey, Dame and Fletcher will be the judges. Attendees will vote on the “People’s Choice” award.
Seminars include “Tasting the Master’s Way” and “Riedel Comparative Wine Glass Workshop”. A special luncheon will combine resort chef Wilson Wieggel’s staff with Giambastiani to prepare a four-course wine-pairing luncheon accompanied with a panel of Willamette Valley winemakers.
Vintner Dinners will be offered at local restaurants including Peaks restaurant, Lone Mountain Ranch, and Andiamo Italian Grille. Rounding out the evening will be a free movie showing of American Wine Story and tasting of Brooks Winery at Big Sky Resort’s Yellowstone Conference Center Amphitheater.
Seminars continue Saturday, Aug. 15 with “A Tasting Tour de France” and “The Great Wines of Tuscany.” Enjoy a picnic lunch and Pinot Noir pairing at the top of the Swift Current chair lift with the “Montana High Alpine Luncheon” or take it even higher with an adventure tasting “Pinot on the Peak” which combines the Lone Peak Expedition and a Pinot Noir tasting at the top of Lone Peak — 11,166 feet in elevation — and includes the “Montana High Alpine Luncheon.”
A variation of the Vintner Dinners will be offered at Peaks restaurant, Andiamo Italian Grille, Lotus Pad, Lone Mountain Ranch and Olive B’s Bistro.
Sunday, Aug. 16 will conclude the Vine and Dine Festival with a “Brunch at the Base,” the finale seminar “Cheese & Wine…One Stinky Good Time,” and the main event, “The Vine & Dine Stroll” featuring more than 20 wineries sampling more than 80 wines including culinary foods and live music in the Mountain Village Plaza.
The list of participating vineyards continues to grow, but those from beyond the Pacific Northwest include Robert Biale Vineyards, Truchard Vineyards from Napa, California; Kistler Vineyards from Sonoma, California; Witchery Winery, Renwood Winery, Justin Winery, Arcadian Winery from California; and Bibi Graetz Winery from Tuscany.
Tickets go on sale Friday, July 17.
Big Sky Resort, established in 1973, is in the Northern Rockies of southwest Montana between Bozeman, Mont., and Yellowstone National Park. It is owned by Boyne Resorts, a Michigan-based corporation and the largest family-run four-season resort company in North America.
Boyne Resorts also owns Cypress Mountain near Vancouver, British Columbia; Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, and The Inn at Bay Harbor, all in Michigan; Brighton in Utah; Crystal Mountain and The Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington; Loon Mountain in New Hampshire; Sugarloaf and Sunday River Resort in Maine; and Gatlinburg Sky Lift in Tennessee.