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Taos Ski Valley celebrates wine culture

Second annual Summer Wine Festival hits its stride

By Virginia L. Clark
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 8/16/18

Once the kids are back in school, it’s time for the adults to come out and play. With wine tastings, gourmet food, outdoor adventures, lectures and live music, the annual Summer Wine Festival at Taos Ski Valley Resort is ...

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Second annual Summer Wine Festival hits its stride

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Once the kids are back in school, it’s time for the adults to come out and play. With wine tastings, gourmet food, outdoor adventures, lectures and live music, the annual Summer Wine Festival at Taos Ski Valley Resort is one summer camp the “older” kids don’t want to miss.

Now in its second year, the Summer Wine Festival is taking place Friday through Sunday (Aug. 17-19), giving visitors a taste of more than just the viniculture for which Taos is becoming known.

“We also offer a taste of what makes Taos and Taos Ski Valley so special,” said Cecilia Cuff, director of food and beverage at Taos Ski Valley Resort, referring to the art, music and adventure available in the Land of Enchantment’s famously beautiful outdoors,

Look for outdoor activities, such as hiking and fly fishing, rock climbing, hot-air ballooning and more, and all packed in with fabulous dining experiences accompanied by talented musicians.

“Most people are from Taos and Santa Fe. It’s Indian Market week, so we get a lot of people who know they can beat the heat and crowds up here at the Ski Valley,” Cuff said about the weekend. “You drop your bags on Friday, and it’s like adult summer camp,” hiking and enjoying the great outdoors as well as having an outstanding weekend of wine experiences.

Stargazing Friday (Aug. 17)

Don’t miss Friday’s heavenly interlude starting at dark, or 8 p.m. (whichever comes first) with the largest telescope created in New Mexico by Geoff Goins, owner and operator of Night Sky Adventures (NightSkyAdventures.com). He built his first telescope in 1991 and since then has upgraded several times to larger scopes until the 24-inch monster he has now. A National Park Service “Dark” Ranger, Goins says in his online bio, he has taught astronomy at UNM-Taos for 10 years, and offers public interpretive night-sky programs like this one Friday. He says he travels all over the country sharing his love of astronomy with anyone who has an interest in what’s “out there.”

Saturday’s Intro to Tea class


Also new this year is Tea 101: It’s Fluid! It’s an introductory class to the art of tea at 11 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 18), hosted by Common Fire Restaurant’s Andy Lynch. His newest obsession, Cuff says, Lynch shows how tea offers “the perfect dichotomy to wine as its definitions are ‘fluid, flexible and ever-changing’ as you change regions,” (unlike rules about wine, which are much more rigid, she notes).

All attendees of the Tea 101 class will receive “a personal gift to take away, in addition to a wealth of knowledge and charm provided by one of Taos’s favorite personalities, Andy Lynch. This is not a moment to miss!” Cuff said.

Yoga and more

Back by popular demand are the sweeter offerings of adult day camp – yoga and chillaxing in the cool alpine temperatures. Be sure to bring a hoodie or umbrella in case afternoon showers blow in. It is the monsoon season, after all, and don’t be surprised if a couple of locals are singing and dancing in the rain. The moisture is much appreciated for refilling rivers and mountain aquifers. And of course, there will be lots of wine and tete-a-tete opportunities with winemakers.

To win a chance for an events pass for two, plus one night’s lodging at The Blake (a $250 value), go to skitaos.com to fill out the entry form. Or, consider volunteering, as noted below.

“For those who want to have a great weekend end but don’t have the extra cash to spend on a ticket, there are volunteer trade opportunities available so that everyone can enjoy the fest,” Cuff said. To find out more about the volunteer trade opportunities for a free event pass, email Cecilia.cuff@skitaos.com.

Schedule of Events

Friday (Aug. 17)

3-8 p.m. Guest Welcome Reception on Taos Ski Valley Resort Plaza; ticket pickup at Info Booth, manned by Village of Taos Ski Valley Chamber; glass of sparkling wine given at check-in.

5-9 p.m. Taos Ski Valley 'Wine & Dine-Around'

One amuse-bouche (complimentary appetizer), and one course paired with wine, served at TSV's three most celebrated culinary and wine experiences:

• The Historic Hondo Restaurant at Snakedance: Sous vide lobster tamale with a creamy sweet corn purée, roasted poblano pepper sauce and avocado mousse

• 192 at The Blake: Huitlacoche y calabacitas-stuffed quail with Velardé stone fruit

• The Blond Bear Tavern at Edelweiss Lodge: Tournedos Rossini, medallions of beef tenderloin, seared foie gras, Himalayan black truffle sauce and crispy squash blossom

5-9 p.m. Live music on the Resort Plaza

8-9 p.m. Dessert served on the Resort Plaza

8-10 p.m. Stargazing with Geoff Goins and New Mexico's largest telescope, on Resort Plaza

Saturday (Aug. 18)

7:30-10 a.m. Breakfast at large (not included in ticket price), available at:

• 7:30-10 a.m. 192 at The Blake;

• 8-10 a.m. The Historic Hondo Restaurant at Snakedance;

• 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Café Naranja at Edelweiss Lodge

10 a.m.-noon Taos and Taos Ski Valley activities: Yoga, hiking, wine seminars, hot-air ballooning, rock-climbing, horseback riding, fly-fishing and more

11 a.m. Tea 101: It's Fluid! with Andy Lynch of Common Fire Restaurant

Noon-2 p.m. Wine & Swine: La Montanita Food Co-op's Pig Roast; at The Children's Center tent; with competitive and Just-For-Fun games by Red Bull and live music with AJ Woods on stage.

3-5 p.m. Edible Magazine and Union Wine's Poolside Reception at The Blake; with live music by DJ Gabriel Jaureguiberry at The Blake's pool deck

5-7:30 p.m. 'Indulge.' Grand-tasting event on the Resort Plaza; with live music Concepto Tambor

8-10 p.m. Dinner at large (not included in ticket price), available at:

• 192 at The Blake; • Tim's Stray Dog Cantina.

Sunday (Aug. 20)

7:30 a.m. - noon Breakfast at large + champagne available after 11 a.m. (not included in ticket price) at: • 7:30-10 a.m. 192 at the Blake; • 8-10 a.m. The Historic Hondo Restaurant at Snakedance; • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Café Naranja at Edelweiss Lodge.

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