Wine Festivals

Oct 132014
2014 Denver International Wine Festival Discount Tickets
November 19 to 21, 2014

Named Top 10 Can’t Miss Fall Wine Festivals in America by Fodor’s!
The 10th Annual Denver International Wine Festival is the premier International wine and food festival in the Rocky Mountains!


2014 Denver International Wine Festival Discount Tickets


Join us November 19 to 21, 2014, at the Denver International Wine Festival for the most delicious ever, International celebration of wine & cuisine! Meet celebrity TV chef and author Sara Moulton our honorary host of Pairsine. Sara will also conduct cooking demonstrations at the Grand Tasting.

This year’s venue is the beautiful Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado. Don’t drink and drive! Get a room at our special festival rate of $99 per night!

Wine Country International® magazine presents:

The 10th Annual Denver International Wine Festival, the premier wine and food festival in the Rocky Mountains, showcasing more than 400 international wines from 18 countries! This incredible three-day festival also features selected premium spirits, sake and a Colorado Craft Beer Garden. Attendees enjoy a multitude of delectable food and wine tastings, fresh produce, gourmet food products, wine accessories, fine art, and exhibits by luxury travel destinations.

Main Events:

Pairsine Chefs Fine Food and Wine Pairing Competition
Thursday November 20, 2014, 6:00 to 9:00pm

Denver International Wine Festival – Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, CO

10 Chefs/Restaurants/ 20 Gourmet Food Pairings with More than 40 highly awarded wines
Honorary Host: Celebrity TV Chef & Author Sara Moulton

Pairsine Chef’s Food and Wine Pairing Competition (Thursday 11/20) pairs Gold Medal wines from The Denver International Wine Competition with inventive cuisine prepared by some of America’s most creative chefs.
Tickets: $100 (Includes logo festival wine glass)

Discount Tickets – Pay Only $80 (Order by 11/15 with code: bacchusb20) This offer is valid through 11/15/14



Grand Tasting Of International Wines
Friday November 21, 2014- (Times vary by ticket type)
Denver International Wine Festival – Omni Interlocken Resort, Grand Ballroom, Broomfield, CO

Showcasing Colorado’s largest Grand Tasting of wines, beers and spirits!
Celebrity Chef Sara Moulton will conduct cooking demonstrations and samples of fabulous duck dishes at the Maple Leaf Farms booth!

All ticket holders receive 1-European made festival logo wine glass ($15 value).

The Grand Tasting of International Wines and Food (Friday 11/21) is the region’s largest tasting event for consumers, media and trade. More than 60 wineries, breweries and distilleries will showcase their products.

VIP ticket holders gain two-hour early access, exclusive entrance to the VIP lounge with chef station, rare beverages and complimentary admission to educational seminars and guided tastings.

Grand Tasting VIP Tickets: 4-9pm
The VIP tasting tickets include entry into the VIP lounge, where more food samplings and a chef station (2 hours) are providing hot & cold appetizers.
Additional VIP benefits:
•Access to VIP Lounge with premium wines and chefs stations
•Complimentary access to educational seminars (subject to availability)
•VIP Gift bag at conclusion of the event

VIP Tickets: $150 (Limited to 150)
Discount Tickets - Pay Only $120 (Order by 11/15 with code: bacchusb20) This offer is valid through 11/15/14


2014 DIWF Charity of Choice:
The 2014 Denver International Wine Festival will benefit Share Our Strength
. Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead 
healthy, active lives.

Official 2014 Host Hotel:

The Omni Interlocken Resort
500 Interlocken Blvd
Broomfield, CO 80021

Special $99 festival room rates available! Call 303 438-6600

Nov 162013

Dry Creek AVA

A Dry Creek AVA

Barring another wine country emergency (sarcasm), our visits this fall were our last California wine journeys for 2013. The sigh of relief from winemakers across both Napa and Sonoma was audible as the harvest came to an end.

A  textbook growing season created much excitement in all the wineries we visited as bin after bin of near perfect grapes arrived to be carefully converted into the elixir of the Gods. The excitement and anticipation for these wines once bottled, is the talk of most winemakers we met.

Fall in wine country is a surreally beautiful time with acre after acre of vineyards turning Technicolor shades of yellow, gold, red and maroon. Interestingly enough some of the older vines fighting various vineyard plant diseases create the most vibrantly colored fall leaves. Could this colorful display be the vine’s farewell gift to those of us who loved their annual gift of grapes? Continue reading »

Jun 082013

Mark Oldman

“I am going to make it (wine seminars) worth their while. I have a short attention span. I don’t want to be bored. I am going to do whatever I can to make them walk away and say, that over-delivered.” Mark Oldman

During the Austin Food and Wine Festival we had the chance to meet wine style guru Mark Oldman, two time winner of Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year Award for: Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine: 108 Ingenious Shortcuts to Navigate the World of Wine with Confidence and Style and Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine: Pleasure, Value, and Adventure Beyond Wine’s Usual Suspects.

Oldman has a distinct style described by Bon Appètit magazine as “winespeak without the geek” and by Publishers Weekly as “the ideal mix of wine connoisseur, showman, and everyday dude.”

I didn’t know what to expect from Oldman, of Drink Bravely fame. He was very fun, engaging and frankly a blast to chat with. While in Austin he professed his love for the Lone Star State repeatedly, interesting for a Jersey guy. He even pulled out his Longhorn money clip in testament.

One of the funniest moments however, was during his last seminar when he pulled out a 3X5 foot blowup of his outstanding arrest warrant from the 2012 AFW festival and his newly minted “Free Oldman” t-shirt. It seems Mark was caught by the tireless (obviously with too much time on their hands) Austin police for ….drumroll… Jaywalking, which in Austin is, believe it or not, a criminal offense. The crowd rolled out of their chairs laughing. Continue reading »

May 092013

Ray Isle

Ray Isle

“I still get excited when I find a $17 wine that blows me away.That is a continuous hunt for me at the magazine.” Ray Isle

During the 2013 Austin Food and Wine Festival, I had the chance to sit down and chat with Food & Wine Magazine Executive Wine Editor, Ray Isle. A self-described “Texan living in New York,” Ray was one of the festival’s preeminent wine presenters, offering three seminars. His gentile Texan style eschewed any sense of wine snobbery as he shared his knowledge and passion for wine. Continue reading »