Ah, summertime, when al fresco food and wine shindigs, coupled with the shimmer of the sun, remind of us of why we eat till we sink and drink pinks like geeks. And theres ample encouragement to do both at the three-day Colorado Winefest, which benefits the Governors Residence Preservation Fund and CAVE, the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology, a local nonprofit.
The soiree, which uncorks at 5:30 p.m. tonight with a Colorado wine reception at the Governors Residence at the Boettcher Mansion, 400 East Eighth Avenue, moves to the Shops at Northfield Stapleton tomorrow, when chefs Hosea Rosenberg (Bravos season five Top Chef ), Dan Witherspoon (the Gourmet Spoon), Vaughn Hobbs (Kimball/Viking), Evandro Caregnato (Texas de Brazil), and Brian Laird (Russos Kitchen + Tavern) unleash a five-course Colorado Vineyard to Table VIP food and wine pairing dinner at 7 p.m. And on Saturday, from 2 to 8 p.m., also at Northfield Stapleton, local foodstuffs, along with unlimited wine gulps and wine seminars, will be offered for $35 per person.
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The best thing about this event is that there will be 48 Colorado wines to sample, many of which are award-winning wines, plus you can actually purchase the wines right on the spot, rather than seeking them out at a liquor store, says Julie Balistreri, chair of the Colorado Winefest in Denver committee. Admission to the various events vary; for more info, or to purchase tickets, go to www.coloradowinefest.com.
June 9-11, 2011