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Students pour it on with wine festival

Students from the University of Denver’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) will host the first annual DU Vin Wine Festival on Nov. 8.

The festival will focus on sustainability by employing recycled products, sustainable glassware, green cleaning methods and locally-grown foods. Proceeds from the student-conceived festival will provide scholarships for HRTM students.

“Du vin” is French for “of wine,” and DU Vin “will be one of the premier Denver wine events for wine enthusiasts, culinary experts and winemakers to meet and enjoy some of the finest varietals,” says Rachel Goodman, a senior HRTM major.

The event will feature nationally known experts from the wine, hospitality and culinary industry including David Long from David Arthur Wines, Craig Reed from the Broadmoor Resort and representatives from Riedel Glassware.

“From analyzing the target market to developing sales techniques, to deciding the food and wine pairings, to recruiting and staffing, the student management team is planning every aspect from the beginning to the end.” Goodman says. “This process is an excellent hands-on learning opportunity that will allow these talented students to showcase the valuable skills they have learned over the past four years.”

A Grand Tasting will be held with chefs, vintners, wine vendors and restaurateurs pouring high-end international wines paired with local food specialties. The event is Nov. 8 from 2–6 p.m at the HRTM building; tickets to the Grand Tasting are $52.80 each.

In addition, various seminars on food and wine pairing, green wine growing, and the wines of Tuscany will precede the Grand Tasting for an additional fee. Seminars include: “Enjoying Fine Wines on a Budget,” “Colorado Wines,” “Wine 101,” “The Riedel Glassware Experience,” “Touring Super Toscana,” “Food and Wine Pairing with the Broadmoor,” and “Green Wine Growing.”

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