The Steamboat Wine Festival kicks off tonight with the “Wine on the Mountain Kick Off” event at the top of the gondola. It is one of the events that sell out every year, but don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket. You can drink wine at all the various tasting events from the time you wake up in the morning until the time you crawl back to your room.
(I know, professional tasters rarely swallow the wine and rarely drink too much, but these events are for amateurs, so get Alpine Taxi on speed dial just in case. Their number is 970-879-TAXI (8294).)
Other popular events are the Stroll of Steamboat Friday afternoon where you can walk around to various retail locations in Steamboat and taste wine and appetizers. You can check in at the court house lawn and get your glass, then you can start at the tent then walk around downtown Steamboat visiting the different restaurants, galleries, and shops set up with wine and food to sample.
Saturday afternoon is the Grand Tasting at Torian Plum. It’s in a big tent on the lawn and features over 800 wines and food from Steamboat Restaurants. There is a band and it’s quite the event.
Most events are in the late afternoon or early evening, but if you’d like to drink even more wine and eat even more food, there are plenty of wine dinners you can attend. Generally, Steamboat’s better restaurants offer a set 5 or 6 course meal with different wine pairings. Tickets are in the $125-$150 per person, so if you have an interest in attending one of the wine dinners, let me know and I’ll give you details.