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WINE FESTIVAL: Wines of France

Wine Festival of Colorado Springs
March 7-9, 2013

"If we sip the wine, we find dreams coming upon us out of the imminent night."
D.H. Lawrence, writer

The Wine Festival of Colorado Springs, the premier wine festival in the Front Range, will feature The Wines of France, March 7-9, at The Broadmoor, Garden of the Gods Club and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. All proceeds from this event benefit the FAC.

For the first time in the 22-year-history of the Wine Festival, the Wines of France will be featured and a distinguished line-up of guest winemakers will be on hand, including Claude Gaudin of Vitigestion, Christian Beyer of Emile Beyer, Charles Lazzara of Volio Vino Imports representing Kermit Lynch, Nate Slingsby of Robert Kacher Selections and James Adams of The Sorting Table.

Over the course of modern history, every wine producing country has compared itself to France. The standard bearer for the world’s wine industry, French wines are considered the benchmark in many styles, like Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne.

“We think we are presenting the best wines ever offered at the Wine Festival,” said Jim Little of Coaltrain Wine & Spirits and member of the organizing committee. “And that’s saying a lot because we’ve served a lot of great wines over the years. Our guests, our French wine experts and distinguished chefs, are knowledgeable, approachable and personable ... second to none.”

Festival goers will have the opportunity to visit with the wine makers and learn insider tips at several wine and food seminars, two auctions, a Grand Tasting at The Broadmoor and a Gourmet Wine Dinner at the Garden of the Gods Club with specially-discounted rates at both luxury properties.

Adults over 21 only. Identification is required for admission.

LODGING | The Broadmoor Hotel and Garden of the Gods Club are offering special room rates (space available basis).

  • $130 at the Garden of the Gods | Call 719.632.5541 and mention “Wine Festival”
  • $145 at the Broadmoor Hotel | Call 800.634.7711 and mention “WineF13”

The Right Wine, But Is It the Right Glass?

Thursday, March 7, 5:30p | Fine Arts Center | 30 W. Dale Street
$75 per guest | Invite friends!

Seminar will feature famed glass-maker Riedel hosting a wine and glass experience. Riedel has 250 years of glass-making expertise, making the finest goblets, flutes and receptacles for wine. Participants will taste how dramatically different the same wine tastes from different glasses and how it tastes best from a glass specifically designed for the wine. Each attendee will receive four wine samples and a set of four Riedel Vinum XL wine glasses, a $138 value!

The Enduring Cachet of French Wine

Friday, March 8, 5:30p | The Broadmoor | 1 Lake Avenue
$35 per guest | Invite friends!


Over the course of modern history, every wine producing country has compared itself to France. The standard bearer for the world’s wine industry, French wines are considered the benchmark in many styles. Our French wine ambassadors will offer a tasting and discussion of their wines, from Alsatian whites to Bordeaux, from Burgundy to Cote du Rhones, from Armagnac to Champagne.

Grand Tasting and Wine Market Auction

Friday, March 8, 7p | The Broadmoor | 1 Lake Avenue
$65 FAC members; $85 non-members | Become a FAC Member and save $20 per ticket! | Invite friends!


Colorado Spring’s favorite date night! This sell-out event will feature French wineries and over 300 other varieties of wine, as well as culinary delights from a wide assortment of the region’s finest restaurants and caterers, a silent wine market auction, music and dancing. 650 upscale food & wine connoisseurs attend this event.

French Wine, But What Cheese?

Saturday, March 9, 10:30a | Garden of the Gods Club | 3320 Mesa Road
$45 per guest | Invite friends!


French wine & cheese — one of the simplest, yet most refined gourmet pleasures. Are there hard and fast rules? Only to pair them perfectly! Learn how the connoisseurs choose the French wine and then carefully match the French cheese to accompany it.

The Artful Duo of French Pairing

Saturday, March 9, 12:30p | Fine Arts Center | 30 W. Dale Street
$85 per guest | Invite friends!


Back by popular demand! Two acclaimed chefs will interpret the union of French food & wine, preparing a luncheon one won’t soon forget! Our guest chefs are John Broening, formerly of Primitivo and currently at his own restaurant, Duo, in Denver; and Soa Davies, last year’s Wine Festival star and French haute cuisine expert from New York. Preview the food and wine menu.

Gourmet Winemaker Dinner & Live Auction

Saturday, March 9 | Garden of the Gods Club | 3320 Mesa Road
Dinner at 6:30p; Live auction at 8:30p; Dress: Cocktail Attire
$125 per guest | Invite friends!


This magical evening begins with a five-course, world-class gourmet dinner, each course paired with the elegant wines of our distinguished guests. Things get even more interesting when our auctioneer takes the stage to lead you through the bidding of rare and one-of-a-kind collectible wine and wine related lifestyle packages.

Truly a night to remember.

Featured Guests

Claude Gaudin of Vitigestion

Claude Gaudin began his wine career as Technical Director of Château Maucamps, where he developed a vineyard comprised of 120 hectares for the Tessandier family. In 1989, with Alain and Christian Tessandier, Claude created Vitigestion, a consulting company providing vineyard management support to properties through a time-sharing formula. Vitigestion operates more than 35 wine properties which are essentially located in the Gironde in France, but also in Tuscany in Italy and Douro in Portugal. Claude’s philosophy is simple: wine is the vine and the vine is wine. For him, it all begins in the vineyard. All of his work focuses on growing healthy and ripe fruit. He writes, “Our work is guided by the quest for authentic wines respectful of their local terroir. In fact, that is our mission.”

Christian Beyer of Emile Beyer

Heir to a centuries-old family tradition , dating back to 1580 when Martin Beyer was already working his vines in Eguisheim, Christian Beyer earned his degree in Viticulture and Oenology at the Technical School of Beaune. Interpreting the diversity of soils in each of Emile Beyer’s wines is the central principle of the winery, which has won Best European Gewurztraminer, Best Riesling in the World, Alsace Winemaker of the Year (2009) and winner of the Decanter World Wine Award Asia (1st place out of 1200 entries). As custodian of past winemaking, but rich in his own experiences in France and abroad, Christian is part of the new generation of winemakers in Alsace in search of great wine. Christian writes, “Give happiness, with elegant wines. This is my pride. Enjoy!”


Charles Lazzara of Volio Vino Imports

In early 2003 Charles Lazzara was living in Italy, studying wine and the Italian language. It was during this time abroad that he realized his passion for wine, the history in each bottle, and his admiration for those who make wine. Charles founded Volio Vino in 2006, and the first wines were offered in Colorado in mid-2007. Since then his companies (Volio Vino Imports and Volio Vino Distribtion) have blossomed and now encompass some of the most relevant and important producers in the world of wine. Charles travels the wine world several times throughout the year to visit with the families in the vineyards. During this time abroad he is focused on learning more about the French, Italian and US wine cultures, gaining “on the ground” knowledge of the annual harvests, and tasting through hundreds of wines from each area to better understand the movement of the wine markets. His hope is that Volio Vino reflects the passion and pursuit of balance showcased in the wines they sell in the US market.


Michael Corso of Michael Corso Selections

Michael Corso Selections is an independent importer dedicated to representing traditionallystyled wines and spirits from the major regions of France. He began his career in the wine trade in 1972, working at The House of Glunz, Chicago’s oldest wine retailer. Here he received a thorough introduction to the fine wine trade under the tutelage of the Glunz family. Through regular and extensive trips to France, he has developed an extensive portfolio of sophisticated domaine wines that is based solely on quality. Today, Michael’s selections enjoy very broad distribution in the fine shops and restaurants in Chicago.


Nate Slingsby of Robert Kacher Selections

An area native, Nate Slingsby began his career in Boulder, CO. While learning the virtues of downhill skiing and pursuing his undergraduate degree in advertising, Nate worked at some of the finest restaurants in Denver, Boulder & Jackson Hole, WY. It was his developing passion and exploration of wine that encouraged him to cultivate his career in the wine industry. He is recognized as a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) by the Society of Wine Educators and has represented estates and wineries from all over the world. Nate currently manages the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region for renowned importer Robert Kacher Selections, specializing in estate wines from some of the most esteemed domaines and appellations in France. Inspired by the history, artistry, and sense of place that it presents, Nate relishes in the camaraderie that wine brings.


Jamie Adams of The Sorting Table

Jamie Adams has 21 years of experience in the wine business including eight years in the restaurant and fine wine retail business. Jamie is currently the Vice President of Sales for the central United States for The Sorting Table, an import and marketing company based in Napa, CA that specializes in selling wines from family owned and operated wineries from some of the best terroirs in the world. He has traveled extensively throughout France and Italy as a member of the executive team at The Sorting Table, choosing the finest wines from classic wine growing regions to bring back to the United States and offer to the best restaurants and retailers in the country.

Guest Chefs

John Broening and Yasmin Loxado-Hissom

Soa Davies

Guest Auctioneer

Mathew Chung

Matthew Chung is a multi-faceted wine professional with substantial auction experience having worked for two major New York auction houses (Zachys and Christie’s), but most recently as the manager/ lead specialist for their operations in California. Matthew acquired considerable wine knowledge and became an auctioneer, taking the podium in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. He continues to auctioneer for both commercial and charity organizations, and is based in the Santa Barbara area.


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