Special Guests

Chef Tyson Amick
Frost Creek | Vail

Born and raised in North Carolina, Chef Amick has been living in Eagle County for almost three years. Growing up surrounded by agriculture, he began his education at an early age by weeding the family 4 acre garden, picking and…

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Friedrich Whilhelm Becker
Becker Family Wine | Schweigen

7th Generation of Winemaker in the Becker Family, responsible for winemaking since the 2005 vintage. Worked at the following Estates before: 1996 Georg Moßbacher - Forst / Pfalz 1997 Klostergut St. Lamprecht – Duttweiler / Pfalz 1998 Heger – Ihringen…

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Neil Bernardi
Duckhorn Wine Company | St. Helena

In recognition of his skill as a winemaker, his inspiring and collaborative leadership style, and his comprehensive understanding of the wine industry, in 2014, Neil Bernardi was named the first vice president of winemaking in the four-decade history of Duckhorn…

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Chef Jake Burkhardt
White Bison and Fall Line Restaurant | Vail

Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Chef Jake Burkhardt has always had a passion for cooking. Having the opportunity to be in the accelerated program that allowed him to study at three different locations throughout the United States, Burkhardt obtained a…

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Owner Cris Cherry
Villa Creek Cellars | Paso Robles

Cris Cherry is a former Vail Valley resident and Vail Mountain School alum. He spent his childhood on the slopes while his parents owned and operated the Minturn Saloon. Food and wine have always been an important part of Cris’s…

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Executive Winemaker and Vineyard Manager Neil Collins
Tablas Creek Vineyard | Paso Robles

Neil was born and raised in Bristol, England. Trained as a chef, he moved into winemaking with stints with John Munch at Adelaida Cellars and Ken Volk at Wild Horse. At Adelaida, Neil met Robert Haas and the Perrins of…

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Chef Kevin Erving
Beano's Cabin | Vail

Kevin grew up in the Pacific Northwest and started his culinary career in Seattle, Washington over 30 years ago. He landed a job with The Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts at the age of 19 as a Cook III shucking…

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Mike Etzel
Beux Freres | Newberg

Mike Etzel, the middle son of proprietor Michael G. Etzel, grew up on the Beaux Frères farm since its inception. One of the two resident families on the farm, he now lives in the 'Upper House' with his wife Lorene,…

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Richard Grosche Managing Director
Reichstrat Von Buhl | Deidesheimer

Reichsrat von Buhl has been a family-owned winery for more than 150 years, and has belonged to the circle of the most prestigious wineries in Germany for just as long. Since it was founded in 1849, Reichsrat von Buhl has…

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Jacqueline Harris
Kelin Constantia | Constantia

I have had the privilege of working in the Cool climate, Fine Wine/ Boutique wine industry of South Africa for 25 years in various capacities, ranging from tasting room manager to assistant winemaker and more recently Marketing and Sales manager.…

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Molly Lonborg Associate Winemaker
Halter Ranch Vineyard | Paso Robles

Molly joined the Halter Ranch team in June of 2011. Originally hired as Lab Manager and Cellar Assistant, she was quickly promoted to Enologist, then Assistant Winemaker, and in January 2018, Molly was promoted to Associate Winemaker. A graduate of…

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Florent Merlier
Van Duzer Vineyards | Dallas

Florent Merlier proudly heads Van Duzer’s winemaking program, creating elegant, vibrant blends that he feels can only be developed in the unique Van Duzer Corridor micro-climate. To achieve this refinement, he has driven the winemaking focus on small lot presses,…

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Milko Miladinov
Dievole | Siena

Alejandro Bulgheroni Tuscan Wine Estates US Brand Ambassador Milko has started his carrier in the Beverage Industry in the early 1990s, working at various types of restaurants, evolving to a sole proprietor in his Mediterranean restaurant in his hometown of…

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Brian ODonnell
Belle Pente Winery | Carlton

Brian O’Donnell began his winemaking career in New York City in the 6th grade when he pilfered some Concord grapes from a neighbor's arbor. After the ensuing hangover, he went into retirement for about 20 years until he started making…

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MS Sean Razee
General Manager Artisanal Wine & Spirits of Colorado | Vail

Master Sommelier (MS) – February 2008 Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma (DipWSET) – July 2011 Certified Sake Professional (CSP) – July 2012 Sean Razee is one of only 236 wine professionals worldwide and one of the first 100 people…

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Chef Sean Sinclair
Sweet Basil | Vail

Originally from Albuquerque, Sean Sinclair has been coming to Vail on vacation his entire life. So, when the head chef position became available at Sweet Basil in the spring of 2017, Sinclair jumped at the change to make the move…

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Chef Marcus Stewart
Flame | Vail

While many young children grew up playing with make-believe food, Marcus Stewart was cooking real, organic, soulful food alongside his grandmother in Andrews, South Carolina at a tender age. "Just like the vegetables and herbs grown on my grandparents' organic…

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Matt Trevisan
Linne Calodo | Paso Robles

Matt Trevisan, owner, and winemaker of Linne Calodo crafted his first vintage in 1998. He has garnered accolades and A-level scores for his Rhone influenced and Zinfandel artisan blends. Considering Paso Robles is a wine region in the grips of…

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Mark Vlossak
St Innocent Winery | Salem

St. Innocent Winery was founded in 1988 by Mark Vlossak, our winemaker. We produce small lots of handmade, vineyard-designated wine from some of the best vineyards in the Willamette Valley, including Shea, Freedom Hill, Momtazi and our estate, Zenith Vineyard.…

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Chef Paul Wade
Tavern on the Square at the Arrabella | Vail

Chef Paul Wade is a California wine country native with a national reputation for his creative, unpretentious approach to new American cuisine. Early in his career he was cited as a rising star by the San Francisco Chronicle and has…

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Executive Chef John Zavoral
Toscanini | Vail

Chef John was raised on a 165 acre dairy turned hobby farm that feature a range of animals including ducks, geese, goats, pigs, and chickens. After high school he attended Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis where he graduated with an…

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