1 Inaugural Wine and Food Festival Comes to Big Sky Resort, Montana, Aug. 14 – 17 - Scott Giambastiani and Fred Dame The inaugural ‘Vine & Dine Festival’ at Big Sky Resort will take place August 14-17, 2014 with vintners from around the world. The event will feature wine seminars, educational tastings, inspiring food, local art and music, and the headlining event, ‘The Wine Stroll.’ Google Global Food Program Chef, Scott Giambastiani, and world renowned Master Sommeliers Fred Dame and Jay Fletcher will be presenting seminars and food demonstrations. Festivities begin Thursday, August 14th at the Peaks Terrace in the Summit Hotel at Big Sky Resort with ‘Asado,’ an Argentinian style dinner offering a selection of seared meats from Montana Wagyu Cattle Company and paired with numerous Argentinian style wines. Chef Giambastiani and Chef Eric Stenberg of Free Range Kitchen (Bozeman, Mont.) will join Dame and Fletcher at this ‘meat and greet’ social gathering. <a href="http://bigskyresort.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/2014/august/vine-and-dine-festival" title="http://bigskyresort.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/2014/august/vine-and-dine-festival" target="_blank">http://bigskyresort.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/2014/august/vine-and-dine-festival</a>
2 Big Wines, Big Personalities, Big Sky Country’s Vine & Dine Festival at Big Sky Resort – Jay Fletcher and Kent Torrey Friday, August 15th will kick off with ‘Tasting the Master’s Way’ seminar; Chef Giambastiani will prepare ‘The Food Revolution Luncheon’. Later in the day, ‘Touring the Italian Countryside’ seminar, capped with several dinner opportunities. Saturday, August 16th wine enthusiasts can pair wine with an adventure at ‘Toast at the Top,’ which combines the Lone Peak Expedition and a Pinot Noir tasting or ‘Zip to Zins’ which includes the Adventure Zipline Tour followed by a tasting of American Zinfandels at the Peaks Terrace. Saturday seminars include ‘Touring the Terrior of Spain (without the Bull)’ with Jay Fletcher, Executive Director Fine Wine, Southern Wine and Spirits Colorado, and ‘Cheese & Wine... One Stinky Good Time’ with Kent Torrey, President and CEO, of the famed “Cheese Shop” in Carmel by the Sea, California. http://bigskyresort.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/2014/august/vine-and-dine-festival
3 Discover Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at Bouchaine Vineyards Napa Valley Carneros – Michael Richmond Michael Richmond, General Manager and Executive Winemaker, Bouchaine Vineyards in the Carneros District - a winery that began making wine long before the region earned its reputation for producing the great Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of Carneros today. In 1981 when Gerret and Tatiana Copeland, and partners, purchased the winery and surrounding land, it was a time when only a few winemaking pioneers realized the potential for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Carneros. Michael Richmond, ‘Mr. Carneros,’ was one of those pioneers, as the co-founder of Acacia Winery in 1979. He joined Bouchaine in 2002. http://www.bouchaine.com
4 Bouchaine—the Excellence of Burgundy; the Exuberance of California; the Terroir of Carneros - Michael Richmond Extraordinary wines and experiences begin with extra-ordinary people. At Bouchaine Vineyards Carneros, a dedication to constantly advancing knowledge and experimenting with new methods doesn’t just describe their approach to winemaking. It defines their approach to life. Bacchus Wine Club is a good way to learn more and experience small-lot Carneros terroir driven wines of Bouchaine vineyard and winemaking team. Michael Richmond is a philosopher, whose desire to explore new approaches in the vineyards and winemaking is tempered by over thirty years of history working in the Carneros district. http://www.bouchaine.com/Our-Story/Our-Team/Michael-Richmond