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Winefest dinner reservations getting scarce

By Dave Buchanan

When the colorful brochure heralding this year's Colorado Mountain Winefest arrived in the mail, it came as a reminder to make that reservation for one of the winemaker dinners.

If you think making wine is difficult, try making a reservation for dinner.

Most of the dinners are sold out, although a few opening were available earlier this week at scattered sites around the valley.

A complete list of the restaurants offering these special dinners is available on the Festival Web site here.

Since there isn't a central clearing house for reservations, you'll have to slog through every restaurant to find an opening.

Most of the dinners take place Sept. 17 (a Friday night) with one on Sept. 16 and two on Sept. 18.

Plus, this year three Sunday brunches are being offered on Sept. 20, for those needing a refresher after spending Saturday enjoying the Festival in the Park and then eating and sipping their way through one of the winemaker dinners.

This also is a good time to make reservations for those special seminars and tastings planned for the weekend.

Among the offerings is state enologist Steve Menke, who can turn even a reporter into a decent wine taster. His seminar "Re-setting Your Taste Buds: How the Components of Food and Wine Interact" might be the turning point in your wine-tasting, food-pairing efforts.

And while Max Riedel's seminar on proper stemware at first seems a bit pricey ($94), the knowledge he offers is priceless and you get a set of glasses worth more than the price of admission.

The Tour of the Vineyards bike ride is a separate entity from the other events and has a separate registration.

I hate to be pushy about all this but the Festival starts Sept. 16.

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