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What Makes the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival so Sweet this Summer?

SWEET! Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival Pairs Candy, Chocolate and Pancakes with Wines

Wine Seminars Feature Candy Pairings, Pancakes & Prosecco and the War of the Rosés

What do you get when you combine candy, chocolate and pancakes with wine? Answer: One of the sweetest and most highly anticipated lineup of wine seminars at this year’s Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival July 15-16.

The two-day festival brings more than 300 varieties of wines as part of the signature two-day Village Grand Tasting event, not to mention the festival kick off, Reserve Wine Tasting on Friday evening, educational wine seminars and smooth (and free) jazz shows all weekend.

“The Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival is one of the most popular wine events in the state and has grown into one of the largest events of its kind,” says Maja Russer, director of events and marketing for the Keystone Neighbourhood Company, the group that produces the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival along with other popular Keystone festivals like the Bluegrass and Beer Festival and Mountain Town Music Festival. “This year we’re sweetening the pot with another incredible lineup of wine seminars and events like the Prosecco and Pancakes event on Sunday morning followed by the Willy Wonka’s Wild Wine Ride seminar that pairs candy and sweet treats with wine.”

The festival starts on Friday, July 14 with a bang and the sultry singing of the Linda Styles Band at the Reserve Wine Tasting event at the Warren Station Center for the Arts in River Run Village at Keystone. Tickets are $85 in advance and $90 at the door and the event features appetizers and dishes paired with special wines and hard-to-find varietals.

Saturday’s festivities start at noon with free jazz music. Throughout the weekend, groove to the tunes with free shows by Joel Rodney Siemion, Scruffy Pearls, Flat Irons Jazz Orchestra, Brian Simpson Band, Michael Lington, Vincent Ingala and back for another year the Phil Denny Band.
Throughout the weekend, the wine will be flowing in River Run Village with the Grand Tasting happening from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets for the River Run Grand Tasting range from $60 to $120 – PURCHASE HERE!

Enrich your experience with a wine seminar or special event taking place in Warren Station Center for the Arts at Keystone:

WARREN STATION SCHEDULE OF WINE EVENTS:

Friday, July 14
◦ 7 – 9 p.m. – Reserve Wine Tasting ($85 per person or $90 at the door)
Saturday, July 15
◦ 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Wine Seminar: War of the Rosés ($25 per person)
◦ 3 – 4 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Wine and Cheese ($35 per person)
◦ 4 – 5 p.m. – Seminar: Cigar and Craft Distillers ($30 per person)
Sunday, July 16
◦ 10:30 – 12:30 p.m. – Prosecco and Pancakes ($30 per person or $35 at the door)
◦ 2 – 3 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Willy Wonka’s Wild Wine Ride ($25 per person)

It’s recommended that festival goers stay for the whole weekend and get the 2-day pass to take advantage of all of the wine events, seminars and tastings. Keystone Resort is offering a special “Glass Half Full Wine Package” that includes lodging and a festival Grand Tasting ticket. Book weekend lodging packages at HERE

Say cheers to the Keystone Neighbourhood Company. They’re donating a portion of the proceeds from the Wine and Jazz Festival to the Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts. The Lake Dillon Theatre Company is a professional theatre committed to enhancing the quality of life in Summit County and the Colorado Front Range by providing unique and accessible cultural experiences through the performing arts.