Vine & Dine Festival Pours Into Big Sky Resort

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2nd annual wine and food festival features more than 20 vintners with more than 80 wines including a Pairsine Chefs Fine Food and Wine Pairing Competition, nine vintner dinners, and the signature, The Vine & Dine Stroll.

Big Sky Resort's Vine & Dine August 13-16, 2015

"They put on a world-class festival in one of the world’s most spectacular locations,” said Christopher J. Davies, Editor and Publisher of Wine Country International magazine.

Time to pop the cork for the 2nd Annual Vine & Dine Festival at Big Sky Resort August 13-16, 2015 with more than 20 vintners from around the world. The event will feature wine seminars, educational tastings, inspiring food, and music, with the headlining event, ‘The Vine & Dine Stroll.’ Google Global Food Program Chef, Scott Giambastiani, Kent Torrey from the Cheese Shop of Carmel, and world renowned Court of Master Sommeliers Fred Dame and Jay Fletcher will be presenting seminars and food demonstrations.

Festivities begin on Thursday, August 13th with a Pairsine (pronounced “Pair Zeen”) Chefs Fine Food and Wine Pairing Competition hosted by Wine Country Network, Inc. This National Competition will challenge ten local chef’s knowledge and expertise in creating original, gourmet wine and cuisine pairings. Chef Giambastiani, Torrey, Dame, and Fletcher will be the judges. Attendees will vote on the “People’s Choice” award.

“I was excited to attend the Big Sky Vine and Dine Festival last year! They put on a world-class festival in one of the world’s most spectacular locations,” said Christopher J. Davies, Editor and Publisher of Wine Country International magazine. “Having two Master Sommeliers guiding the wine education was a special bonus. I am looking forward to returning this August to help run the Pairsine, our signature culinary/wine pairing competition.”

Seminars will commence on Friday, August 14th with “Tasting the Master’s Way” and “Riedel Comparative Wine Glass Workshop”. A special luncheon will combine the Resort’s Chef Wilson Wieggel’s staff and Chef Giambastiani preparing a truly inspiring four-course wine-pairing luncheon accompanied with a panel of Willamette Winemakers. Vintner Dinners will be offered at local restaurants including Peaks restaurant, Lone Mountain Ranch, and Andiamo Italian Grille. Rounding out the evening will be a free movie showing of American Wine Story and tasting of Brooks Winery at Big Sky Resort’s Yellowstone Conference Center Amphitheater.

The Seminars continue on Saturday, August 15th with “A Tasting Tour de France” and “The Great Wines of Tuscany”. Enjoy a picnic lunch and Pinot pairing at the top of the Swift Current chair lift with the “Montana High Alpine Luncheon” or take it even higher with an adventure tasting “Pinot on the Peak” which combines the Lone Peak Expedition and a Pinot tasting at the top of Lone Peak, 11,166 feet in elevation, and includes the “Montana High Alpine Luncheon”. A different variation of the Vintner Dinners will be offered at Peaks restaurant, Andiamo Italian Grille, Lotus Pad, Lone Mountain Ranch and Olive B’s Bistro.

Sunday, August 16th will conclude the Vine and Dine Festival with a “Brunch at the Base”, the finale seminar “Cheese & Wine…One Stinky Good Time”, and the main event, “The Vine & Dine Stroll” featuring more than 20 wineries sampling more than 80 wines including culinary foods and live music in the Mountain Village Plaza.

“It’s exciting to host such an incredible event with an amazing lineup of wineries while learning from Master Sommeliers and enjoying fabulous foods,” said Steve Merlino, Summit at Big Sky Food and Beverage Director. “The adventure tastings are especially unique.”

The list of participating vineyards continues to grow; those confirmed consist of: Brooks Winery, Elk Cove Vineyards, Raptor Ridge Winery, Natalie's Estate Winery from Willamette, Oregon; Reininger Winery from Walla Walla, Washington; Robert Biale Vineyards, Truchard Vineyards from Napa, California; Kistler Vineyards from Sonoma, California; Witchery Winery, Renwood Winery, Justin Winery, Arcadian Winery from California; and Bibi Graetz Winery from Tuscany, Italy.

Individual event tickets are to go on sale Friday, July 17, 2015. Visit for tickets and more information.

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