29th annual Telluride Wine Festival: music to our ears?

29th annual Telluride Wine Festival: music to our ears?

[Click “Play” to hear Steve Swenson speaking to Susan about Telluride Wine Festival]

IMGP0454 Telluride Wine Festival: Yes, like looks, names can be deceiving, especially the names of entries on Telluride’s summer cultural calendar. Festival names are clues as to what might be going on, but they definitely do not describe the whole ball of wax. For example, Mountainfilm in Telluride is not just about mountain living and adventure or films. The event leans heavily towards environmental and socio-political issues. The line-up for 2010 Telluride Bluegrass included the Drepung Monks, Leftover Salmon and Edward Sharpe. And for the past two years, the Telluride Wine Festival, June 24 – June 27, has beer, spirits, and music on its agenda.

And not necessarily the music you would expect with wine, the brooding strings of Dead White Men. Last year, the Telluride Wine Fest brought the very edgy urban poet Clarence Greenwood, aka, Citizen Cope to town. This year, the Festival has upped the ante with five bands: Devotchka, Blitzen Trapper, Jackie Greene, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, and the Moondoggies bring their sounds to the Main Stage of the Telluride Town Park.

Steve Swenson & Steve Olson
Eileen Burns photo

And yes, the Telluride Wine Festival also features a broad range of some of America’s finest wineries, along with some of America’s finest wine experts to educate the crowds, aka wine geek Steve Olson, also a Festival co-director, and Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer. To fill in the blanks around the “eat” part of “drink and be merry,” the 29th annual Telluride Wine Festival welcomes special guest Iron Chef Cat Cora, along with mixologist Andy Seymour, who combines classic and contemporary ingredients for the best in cocktails.

To learn more about what’s in store over what promises to be an intoxicating weekend of tastes and sounds, click the “play” button and listen to Telluride Wine Fest co-director Steve Swenson’s interview.

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