Steamboat Wine Festival

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The Steamboat Wine Festival will dazzle its attendees with a weekend
celebration of wine, culinary delights and outdoor activities August 3-6, 2006. Returning for its third year, the Steamboat Wine Festival features more than 500 fine wines from around the world, on-site sommeliers, award-winning chefs and a number of wine-themed parties and activities that will let guests sniff, swirl and sip their way through the weekend.

Festivities kick off on Thursday, August 3 with a Wine on the Mountain Tasting & Reception. The gondola will transport the 200 attendees to the top of Thunderhead Mountain where they will enjoy an exclusive tasting featuring more than 100 reserve wines paired with hors d'oeuvres. The evening also will offer a meet and greet with a world-class wine panel as well as a live auction hosted by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council featuring fantastic items including a trip for two to the Oregon wine country.

Friday August 4, Will feature the Stroll of Steamboat, an exciting, new event for 2006. Guests will be treated to a leisurely mountain afternoon complete with food and wine when Steamboat's Main Street and downtown area come to life with vintners offering samples of more than 250 different wine selections accompanied by great eats.

Then on Saturday, August 5, More than 400 wines, live cooking demonstrations and Viking's Steel Chef Competition featuring the area's top chefs will create the ultimate wine-lover's experience--the Toast of Steamboat Grand Tasting. While sampling the impressive list of wines, guests will enjoy musical entertainment and a silent auction benefiting the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.
Sponsored by American Express, auction proceeds from the Steamboat Wine Festival will benefit the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-877-328-2783 or visit www.steamboatwinefestival.com.

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