It was a weekend to learn about all things Washington state wines as wine lovers turned sommeliers-in-training and helped support programming and scholarships for young aspiring musicians at the Colorado Springs Conservatory.
Wine lovers could choose which portions of the 26th annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs were most appealing to them.
There were seminars about Champagne, how to pair food with the wines, how to sip like a master and how to pair wine and cheese. Add to that the popular grand tasting with 300 wine choices teamed with tapas and hors d'oeuvres from area restaurants and caterers. The weekend finale was a fancy gourmet, multiple-course wine dinner and live auction.
A delighted event chair Elizabeth Youngquist was all smiles as all of the events sold out - to more than 1,300 people altogether. The grand tasting was the choice of 800 people. An estimated $150,000 was raised for the Conservatory, whose musicians performed at the events.
Conservatory founder and CEO Linda Weise had her camera at the ready for online postings of all festival events.
Chairs of the different event committees included Jim Little, Peggy McKinlay, Chelle Mason, Stephanie Schlis, Michelle Talarico, Connie King, Russ Noblett, Monika Randall, Barry Cooper, Sharon Butts, Jacqueline Walsh, Cyd and Elliot Cohn, Brian Bennett, Dan Ferguson, Dan Osinski and Denise Bac.
Featured guests included chef Brother Luck, master sommelier Greg Harrington and Master of Wine candidate Ashley Hausman Vaughters.
More photos: gazette.com/life/around-town.