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Big Sky Resort hosts third annual Vine and Dine Festival


In an event sure to delight oenophiles and gastronomes alike, the annual Vine and Dine Festival returns to Big Sky Resort from Aug. 18-21.

The festival includes 16 different wine tasting and food pairing events, each individually priced, featuring hundreds of wines from 34 wineries that span the country and globe.
In addition to traditional wine tasting mixers, seminars and wine pairing dinners at multiple Big Sky restaurants, Vine and Dine offers unique “adventure tastings” where guests can taste pinot noir at the top of 11,166-foot Lone Mountain or, for the less extreme, a picnic pairing while taking in the vistas from the comfort of Everett’s 8800.

Vine and Dine aims to not only educate visitors about wines and wine pairings, but also to provide an opportunity to taste obscure, boutique wines from around the world, while celebrating Big Sky’s local arts and culture.
Special guests include California-based Master Sommelier Fred Dame, the first American to serve as President of the Court of Master Sommeliers Worldwide; Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher from Colorado; Google Global Program Chef Scott Giambastiani; and Kent Torrey, cheese-pairing specialist and owner of The Cheese Shop in Carmel, California.
Vine and Dine begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, with an opening reception on the terrace of the Summit Hotel showcasing a wide variety of wines and a live painting performance by Hamilton artist Troy Collins.
The Vine and Dine Grand Event is on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and features more than 100 wines and three distinctly different culinary presentations located around the Summit Hotel and Lone Peak Pavilion. 
Tickets and a full schedule of events are available at

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