The title of master sommelier is a designation bestowed upon only a worthy few. For everyone else, the Sommelier Bootcamp at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colo., is a fun step toward obtaining such masterful levels of knowledge as those possessed by these certified connoisseurs. The annual three-day experience—taking place this year from January 31 through February 2—is open to only 85 guests, with attendance starting at $770 per person. The event features tastings led by actual master sommeliers, as well as such interactive seminars and classes as Varietals of the World, during which guests will taste and examine the flavor profiles and viticulture techniques of the 12 archetypal winemaking grapes from the world’s best-known regions. Other classes focus exclusively on a single varietal, while the blind-tasting class will teach students to recognize wine by its texture, tannins, acidity, and other characteristics.
Among the weekend’s highlights is the Taste of the Broadmoor dinner, which will feature dishes such as Fermin Ibérico de Bellota aged Spanish ham with sweet-potato tartine; poached Dover sole with chanterelles, and muscovy duck breast à l’orange—all of which will be accompanied by wines from the seminars. On the final day of the experience, participants will take a class on sparkling wine followed by a farewell brunch—an apt sendoff for a fun and educational weekend of wining and dining.
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