Vine & Dine

Wednesday, August 16 through Sunday, August 20

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Welcome to Vine & Dine, a premier destination event where sommeliers, winemakers, regional and celebrity culinary talent, and our distinguished guests meet to wine, dine and network in beautiful Big Sky Resort. Experience an incredible array of food artisans, wineries, purveyors of epicurean delights, and Montana inspired art at this incredible food and wine experience. Whether you are looking for tempting food or obscure wines, you are sure to find more than one event to exceed your expectations at the Vine & Dine. There is something for everyone - from food and wine tastings, seminars, cooking demonstrations, amazing lunches, stimulating dinners, silent auction, wine sales and outdoor adventure.

Court Of Masters Introductory Sommelier Class I

Court Of Masters Introductory Sommelier Class I Talus Room, Summit Hotel

The Introductory Course & Examination is given over a two-day period from 8am until approximately 6pm.This program is a fast-paced, intensive review of the world's wine producing regions. Students will learn the Court of Master Sommeliers Deductive Tasting Method and be shown elements of classic wine service.At the end of the second (and final) day of the course, a multiple-choice exam of seventy questions is given. A student must achieve a minimum score of 60% to pass.The Introductory Course & Examination is a prerequisite for the Certified Sommelier Examination.Candidates have three years after passing the Introductory Examination to sit the Certified Sommelier Examination.

The Court of Master Sommelier, Americas Introductory Course & Examination is the first of four required steps to become a Master Sommelier. The intent of the Introductory Course is to provide wine and hospitality professionals with a thorough review of the world of wines and spirits at the highest professional standards. Candidates receive an intensive review by a team of Master Sommeliers on wine and spirits knowledge, proper wine service, and deductive tasting.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

  • ‘Wine's Intriguing New Color....Orange!

Vine and Dine Seminar l Peaks Restaurant l Free l 5:00pm - 6:00pm

There is actually nothing new about orange wines since they have been around as long as people have been making wine, but recently they are making a big comeback. In this seminar, we will discuss the origins of the style as well as why these wines are appropriate for today's table. We will also taste a few different producer's takes on this growing category to gain a deeper understanding of what is possible.

  • " BACK TO OUR ROOTS" Power of Plants

Vine & Dine Opening Reception - | Summit Hotel Terrace | $95 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The perfect way to kick off the Big Sky Vine and Dine weekend of festivities. Culinary students from Montana Pro Start programs join local and VIP chefs to show off culinary creations showcasing wild and indigenous local ingredients. Montana produce inspired dishes set the theme of this year's powerful opener where meat and seafood take the back seat. Not a vegetarian event, but plants will be the forefront of the chef's amazing creations. Master Sommeliers Fred Dame, Jay Fletcher, Google Global Program Coordinator, Chef Scott Giambastiani host this incredible event. Winery reps from over 20 wineries will amaze you as they pair wines of the world with unique Montana culinary offerings. Sip, nibble, mingle and marvel in this utopian setting at the base of Lone Peak. Epicurean specialty vendors, cheese from The Cheese Shop of Carmel and more... Art.... Live Music.....Amazing Food....Amazing Wine...Amazing People. Truly a destination event that will leave you craving more.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

  • "Tasting The Master's Way"

Vine and Dine Seminar l Talus Room, Summit Hotel l $40 l 11:00am - 12:30pm *Please arrive 10 minutes early

Let Master Sommeliers Fred Dame and Jay Fletcher teach you about using all your senses to identify grape type, age and region of that wonderful juice in your glass. You will learn what it takes to learn the techniques of the Court of Master Sommeliers and sanctioned by the Guild of Sommeliers where Fred is Chairman of the Board. Taught by two of the world's best, these deductive tasting techniques and instinctive sensory evaluation will prove valuable in the identification of wines.

  • "Personalizing Your Food Experiences" and "Google Inspired Luncheon"

Vine and Dine Luncheon l Peaks Restaurant l $55 l 1:00pm - 3:00pm *Please arrive 10 minutes early

Join Google Global Program Chef/Operations Manager, Scott Giambastiani and his team of Google account chefs for an exciting culinary demonstration and tasting followed by a truly Google inspired luncheon brought to you by Google and the Summit Hotel culinary teams. Guest's will be able to personalize their entire food experience from the "table center" garnish station of fresh herbs, sauces, and spice blends. This three course, plant forward luncheon will take you around the world in 120 minutes.

  • "What's the Deal with Natural Wines"

Vine and Dine Seminar I Summit Boardroom I $25 I 1:00pm - 2:15pm *Please arrive 10 minutes early

Big Sky Resort's Sommelier Don Jost and Rosenthal Wine Merchant's Joannie Karapetian lead this exploration into the most fascinating and oft-debated segment of the wine world. Winemaking techniques, styles and potential problems will be discussed as we taste our way through these exciting wines! By the end of the seminar, we hope to debunk some myths and discover some new loves amongst these misunderstood wines.

  • "Valley to Cloud" - Experience American Alp - Guild of Sommeliers Dinner With Fred Dame, Jay Fletcher and Scott Giambastiani

Vintner Dinner | Everett's 8800 | $295.00 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

A celebration at 8800 ft where Master Sommeliers Fred Dame and Jay Fletcher expertly pair exquisite wine selections direct from the Guild Of Sommeliers cellars, with the cuisine of Chef Scott Giambastiani and his Google culinary team. Scott is a Bay Area native, who worked in restaurants including: The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton San Francisco, The Lark Creek Inn, & Viognier under top Chefs including Bradley Ogden, Gary Danko & Sylvain Portay before coming to Google in 2006 to replace Google's first Chef (Charlie). Scott aided in growing the Bay Area Google team from just a handful of cafes in the early 2000's. Scott and his team will put their spin on globally inspired Google cuisine crafted from local Montana products. Beginning with passed hor d'oeuvres, this sit down four-course dinner will put you on cloud nine. Elegance in a casual setting at the top of the Ram Charger Lift. This event boasts unprecedented views of Lone Peak and the Spanish Peaks during a reception at 6pm and seated at 6:30pm. Buy early, seating is limited. Dress appropriately. You will be riding the Ram Charger Quad to Everett's 8800 Limited to 50 Guests. Truly an event not to be missed.

  • "Burger, Beer and Wine Shootout" and ‘After Party'

Vintner Dinner | Montana Jack | $55 | 6:30pm - 9:30pm

The greatest duel at the ‘Jack'. The burger masters at Montana Jack provide the beef, local breweries provide the brews and multiple Vine & Dine featured wineries are there to have you be the judge. What works best with Americas most sought after delicacy- a burger. A super fun, lighthearted night of debauchery. Rumors are out there that Yeti Dogs may try to crash the party. What? hot dogs and hamburgers, Hmmm. Brown Ale, Ipa, Zinfandel, how about a Syrah, so much to think about.

  • "Meet the Wineries"

Vintner Dinner | Peaks Restaurant | $125 | 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Back by popular demand the Peak's mixer style event'. Numerous wineries present a few treasures from their libraries while Summit hotel culinarians are sure to surprise you with and endless flow of offerings to the buffet line and action stations. Live music accentuates this party atmosphere for all who do not want the formality of the vintner dinners. Meet and greet winemakers, winery owners and representatives. Vine and Dine Wine Store to pick up some of your favorites

  • Pro-Start Fundraiser Dinner

Vintner Dinner l Buck's T4 l price tbd l time TBD

Dynamic future culinarians from Montana Pro-Start collaborate with Chef Mechura and Chef Schommer to provide a memorable dining experience. Vine and Dine wineries present their special wines for this occasion. Proceeds from this dinner go to Montana Pro Start.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

  • Vine & Dine Pro Start Education

Vine and Dine Seminar l Summit Bordroom l 10:30am - 11:30am

Students of Southwest Montana "Pro Start' culinary programs meet in a town hall style setting to ask the opinions with Guest Chefs, Master Sommeliers and Hospitality professionals . This event is for Pro-start students and their families. Free Event. Master Sommelier lead seminar TBD.

  • "Wines of Portugal"

Vine and Dine Seminar l Summit Boardroom l $25 l 11:00am - 12:30pm

Join Wines of Portugal Ambassador Eugenio Jardim as he reveals the exciting world of dry-Portuguese wines! We are all familiar with the wonderful fortified wines of Portugal. However, what is really making waves these days in the international wine scene are Portugal's dry wines. Eugenio is a renowned Sommelier and your perfect tour guide on this delicious adventure.

  • "Cheese & Wine...One Stinky Good Time "

Vine & Dine Seminar | Talus Room | $48 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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, Calif. Kent will be joined by Scott Giambastiani and Master Sommeliers Fred Dame and Jay Fletcher for this super 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. I can think of no better way to get prepped for the Main Event. A festival favorite and always a sellout. Humor abounds Buy early, sure to be a sellout!

  • Pinot on the Peak

Starts at Basecamp | $125 | Departure Times vary, first trip is at 10:25am (3 trips of 11 ppl) Allow 3 hrs

Welcome to the "Biggest Toast in America". This once in a lifetime adventure combines the Lone Peak Expedition and Pinot tastings along the way including a high altitude toast at the summit of Lone Mountain at 11,166 Ft. Enjoy an alpine picnic at the top of the Swift Current Chair Lift and meet winery representatives from pinot producers. Taste Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot bubbles and Pinot Noir from major pinot producing regions of the world. For lovers of high mountain adventure and all things Pinot! Space is limited.

  • Vine and Dine "Live Big" Resort Stroll and Market

Resort Event | $75 | 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Big Sky interpretation of a Grand Tasting Event. Think wine tasting meets farmers market. Over 100 wines from up to 40 wineries and culinary presentations by numerous market vendors, Vine and Dine culinary professionals and Montana Pro-Start students. Make your way around from the Summit Hotel to the Lone Peak Pavilion. A walk around event that will provide everything from our cherished vendor's products, art display, the Vine and Dine Wine Sale and live music. Guaranteed to tantalize your senses. The main event at Vine and Dine.

  • Vine and Dine Dinner : A Very Special Evening with Chef John Besh

Peaks Restaurant | $275.00 | 7:15pm - 10:00pm

John Besh is a chef and a native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. In his restaurants, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, he preserves and promotes ingredients, techniques, and heritage one dish at a time. From the outset of his career, Besh's talent and drive have earned him continuous kudos. In 2014, the James Beard Foundation inducted him into "Who's Who in Food & Beverage." Food & Wine named him one of the "Top 10 Best New Chefs in America," and he won the coveted James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast in 2006. In 2009, he was awarded Food Arts' Silver Spoon Award for revitalizing the culinary legacy of New Orleans. His flagship restaurant, August, is a Gayot Top 40 Restaurant and a Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Restaurant, in addition to being a 2012 and 2013 James Beard Nominee for Outstanding National Restaurant (eligible only to restaurants open for ten years or more) and 2015 James Beard Nominee for Outstanding Service. The John Besh Foundation works to preserve New Orleans' culinary heritage via initiatives such as the Chefs Move! scholarship program and microloans for local farmers. Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher will tackle the delicate pairings from a multitude of Vine and Dine wineries. Limited to 50 Guests. Truly an event not to be missed.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

  • "Recharge Brunch"

Peaks Restaurant | $40 | 8:30am - 11:30am 

Continue the Experience. Reservations recommended. If you have not been to one of the Summit's mind - blowing brunch now is your chance. A great way to wind it down and say goodbye to all the friends you met along the way. Resort mixologists will be preparing Bellinis and a stellar Bloody Mary Bar. Your final chance to pick up and take home your favorite Vine & Dine wines made available for purchase.

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