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Vine and Dine Schedule

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Thursday, August 15

Big Sky Resort resident sommelier Don Jost hosts. Although the wine-growing challenges are numerous as vineyard altitudes increase, it doesn’t stop some enterprising producers from carrying on the tradition of exciting alpine wines. The intense sunlight and massive temperature swings can produce wines of incredible power and balance that are the perfect complement to hearty, mountain cuisines. These are often dynamic wines of great character that offer a refreshing change from the super-soft fruity wines that dominate the mainstream. wine market of today. This tasting should energize your palate and get you in sync with the mountains as you prepare for the ride up to Everett’s for the Opening Reception.

The perfect way to kick off the Big Sky Vine & Dine weekend of festivities. Ride Ramcharger 8 to Everett’s 8800. Sip, savor, mingle and marvel in this picturesque setting at the top of Andesite Mountain. Pitchfork fondue, wood-fired grills, classic cheese fondue and other delights from the high regions of the world will be on display. Culinary students from Montana ProStart programs join Big Sky Resort and visiting regional and VIP chefs to show off a variety of culinary creations. Master Sommeliers Fred Dame, Jay Fletcher, Google Bay Area Food Service Manager, Chef Scott Giambastiani along with The Cheese Shop’s Kent Torrey host this incredible event. This is your chance to meet and mingle with master sommeliers, winery reps from over 30 wineries with over 120 wines, local distillers, and chefs from around the region. This unique event will "elevate" your expectations of both Montana culinary offerings, Montana spirits and premium wines of the world.

Friday, August 16

Learn to taste like a Master by joining master sommeliers Fred Dame and Jay Fletcher as they take you through the sensory evaluation and deductive tasting techniques of the master sommelier. You will be well on your way to tasting like a master. Please arrive 10 minutes early.

Death & Co has been a Manhattan cocktail institution since its opening in 2006, widely recognized as one of America’s best cocktail bars and leading the revival of craft cocktail bars in NYC. Death & Co will teach you about the six root cocktails that shape all cocktails around the world. Class participants will then have the chance to master two cocktails in this hands-on class. An expert mixologist will walk you through how to shake, stir and mix the perfect signature cocktail using top-shelf Montana liquor. By the end of this class, you’ll bring home newfound bartending skills sure to impress guests at your bar or at your next dinner party.

Celebrate the magical hours of the day as they do in the grand Piazzas of Italy. Multiple wineries pour tastes and resort mixologists tempt you with their creations, all while an endless parade of delectable offerings pour out of the kitchen at Andiamo.

Master Sommeliers Fred Dame and Jay Fletcher will be your guide through a unique evening of inspiring wines and amazing epicurean delights as Chef Scott Giambastiani and resort Chef’s conspire course by course to bring a true alpine experience to new heights. This five-course dinner will be paired with unique and rare wines from the Guild of Sommelier’s cellar. Reception starts at 6:00, seating begins at 6:30.

Saturday, August 17

Students of Southwest Montana ProStart culinary programs meet in a town hall style setting to ask the opinions of Chef Scott Giambastiani, guest chefs and Big Sky Resort Chefs. This event is highly recommended for ProStart students and their families, as well as anyone looking for inspiration from some of the top hospitality leaders in the world.

Master sommelier Jay Fletcher brings you an Old and New world perspective of the grape varieties of the Rhone Valley of southern France. Matt Trevisan, Winemaker at Linne Calodo Winery and Chris Johnson from North Berkeley Imports participate. Please arrive 10 minutes early.

Join Kent Torrey C.E.O. (Cheese Eating Oenophile), grand fromage, or as they like to call him, "the big cheese," of the famed “Cheese Shop” in Carmel by the Sea, California. Kent will be joined by Scott Giambastiani and master sommeliers Fred Dame and Jay Fletcher for this seminar all about cheese and wine. Kent will present eight unique selections of cheese paired perfectly with Fred and Jay’s wine picks of the day. A festival favorite and always a sellout.

Welcome to the "Biggest Toast in America". This once in a lifetime adventure combines the Lone Peak Expedition and wine and food tastings along the way including a high altitude toast at the summit of Lone Mountain at 11,166 feet. Enjoy alpine picnic boxes at the top of the Swift Current chairlift and meet winery representatives from an array of producers. For lovers of high mountain adventure and all things Pinot.

Local restaurateurs, growers, artists, distillers, musicians and wineries team up for a truly unique presentation of food, wine, art and live music. This is Big Sky’s version of a Grand Tasting meets farmer’s market held in the plaza of the Mountain Village. Over 25 wineries will be in attendance pouring over 100 wines, plus food stations provided by local culinarians.

Sunday, August 18

A great way to wind down from a weekend-long epicurean adventure. Enjoy bottomless mimosas, Bellinis and our famous 75’s abound. Resort mixologists will be preparing a custom bloody mary bar. The menu includes Everett’s brunch favorites with wood fired grilled options, winery representatives, and master sommeliers.

Vine and Dine VIPs and celebrity chefs mix it up with guests for a 9-hole scramble at Big Sky Resort Golf Course for some laid-back fun. After a day on the links, enjoy enticing cuisine from Master Chef Sunil Malhotra and a guest chef. Cast your vote at our signature bloody mary contest featuring Montana’s best distilleries.

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Big Sky Resort offers discounted lodging packages - a great option to enjoy the festival without having to drive home. Unwind after an exciting day at the Vine & Dine by indulging in one of Big Sky’s impressive accommodations. View lodging offers.