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VIP Ticket Holders are entitled to attend up to 2 *complimentary educational seminars based on availability. Note: Seminars are limited to 60 guests and last 45 minutes.

VIP Ticket Seminars 2pm to 6pm

2017 Denver International Wine Festival
2017 Wine Education Series
Friday November 3, 2017
Denver Marriott Westminster

This year’s seminars offer attendees unique experiences and information about rare and complex wines. Seminars have limited capacity and must be served in advance. Attendees must have purchased a ticket to the DIWF Grand Tasting to be able to gain access with their online reservation. VIP ticket holders may apply VIP codes for complimentary or discounted access.

2:00 to 2:45pm
Chablis At All Levels!
A Rare Tasting of Domaine Laroche Chardonnay
By William Davis CWE, CSS, Advanced Sommelier
Are you a fan of Chardonnay?

Join us as we delve into Chablis, arguably the most pure expression and terroir of the grape variety.
Founded in 1850, Domaine Laroche is a benchmark producer, with holding in some of the top vineyards that are highly prized by collectors around the world. Extremely rare are those who can show every level of wine in Chablis, from Petit Chablis to Grand Cru...it will make for a memorable tasting! William Davis CWE, CSS, Advanced Sommelier, will walk you through the various appellations and provide insight to the history of the region, winemaking styles, and offer advice on what makes this unique area tick!

Here are the wines for the lineup:

-Domaine Laroche Petit Chablis
-Domaine Laroche Chablis St. Martin
-Domaine Laroche Chablis 1er Cru 'Le Vaudevey'
-Domaine Laroche Chablis 1er Cru 'Les Vaillons'
-Domaine Laroche Chablis Grand Cru 'Blanchots'

Cost: $50 per person/ Limited to 60 attendees
Reduced cost of $25 for VIP Grand Tasting Attendees with access code
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3:15 to 4:00pm
Comparing the Terrior of Sonoma to Burgundy
By Paul Asikainen CS, CSW| National Wine Educator,
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Hyde Vineyard, Dutton Ranch, Gap's Crown...These famous names are among vineyards often referred to as the "Grand Crus" of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir located in Sonoma, California. Patz & Hall Winery, located just minutes from downtown Sonoma, has been producing luxury wines from these and other spectacular vineyards since 1985. We invite you to join us for a comparative tasting of Patz & Hall and select French Burgundian wines as we explore the differences in terrior and style between Sonoma and Burgundy regions.

Cost: $30 per person
Limited to 60 attendees
Complimentary for VIP Grand Tasting Attendees with access code
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4:15 to 5:00pm
The Art Of Blending
By Paul David, Wine Pairings

When you select a wine for your enjoyment, do you reach for a Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir Syrah or Chardonnay or do you explore some of the wines that are blends of different varietals? Follow Paul-Michael David owner of Winepairings as he explores the world of Blended wines from their historical prospective and why they have become the backbone of some of the world's most respected wine regions such as Bordeaux, North and Southern Rhone. With the new era of wine Renaissance since late 1980's into today's hot viticulture regions both the new and old world blended wines have received admiration of consumers and critics alike. We will look into the reasons for this beyond the hype, where & why it has worked, and taste a few examples just for fun. With your new insights you will be more comfortable exploring some of these great wines in the future.

Paul is founder and owner of Winepairings wine concierge service, established in 2002 to provide personally vetted fine wines to his clients for any occasion, from fine wine and food pairing dinners to everyday consumption and cellaring strategies. He has served as a judge at the Denver International Wine Competition and provided educational programs at our previous festivals. A native of Budapest, and longtime Denver resident, Paul has participated in numerous wine events in the US and abroad. His passion and enthusiasm make his presentations fun as well as educating.

Cost: $30 per person
Limited to 60 attendees
Complimentary for VIP Grand Tasting Attendees with access code
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5:15 to 6:00pm
Pinot Noir, The Ever Changing Grape!
By Luke McCollom,
Viticulturist and Founding Wine Maker, Left Coast Cellars

Enjoy a welcoming to the Pinot Family…Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. The development of White Pinot Noir in the Northwest and California is taking root.

Famed for its diversity to complement nearly any food pairing, White Pinot Noir is becoming a people’s favorite. Limited skin contact gives the White Pinot Noir its pristine clarity. The wine itself is perfumed with fresh scents and mirrored flavors of Ranier cherry, peach and poached pear. Rich and broad with bright, balancing acidity on the palate and a lingering mineral finish.

Luke will cover the history of naming, clones and mutations, the differences and similarities between the grapes. Plus, the differences and similarities between the wines. Luke will conclude with a guided wine tasting.

Cost: $30 per person
Limited to 60 attendees
Complimentary for VIP Grand Tasting Attendees with access code
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