It’s the fall season once again, the time of the year when the leaves of trees and plants artfully change colors and the hills become full of red, orange and yellow speckles. It is also the moment when locals know that soon it will be time to get dressed to the nines to sip the wine.
The Ability Connection Colorado, a non-profit organization that offers an assortment of opportunities for people with disabilities, celebrates this year’s Wine In The Pines which will be held in Keystone Ranch and Keystone Conference Center this coming October 20 and 21, respectively.
Keystone’s Wine In The Pines
Already in its 34th year, it has undeniably gained the prestige of a leading wine and culinary event. This distinguished occasion was founded by Mike and Margaret Smith, who both created the fundraiser in honor of their daughter Kelly Smith, who was born with cerebral palsy. It aims to benefit the employment-works program at the Kelly Smith Employment Center.
Time and dedication are two of its key ingredients. Over the past 34 years, the Summit County locals have witnessed its growth from just a small assembly to one of the most successful events of its kind. This acclaimed event offers its attendees the opportunity to enjoy a sumptuous evening in the mountains through its exquisite dishes, aromatic wines, lively entertainment and much more.
The selection of international wines is already a treat on its own, but will be even more gratifying when paired up with many of the best dishes provided by a renowned restaurant. During its first night, between 6 to 11 PM, the Winemaker’s Dinner at Keystone Ranch will feature 5 courses prepared by Keystone Ranch’s executive chef, Vincent D’Amato, which will be paired with select wines. The evening’s theme is ‘Denim & Diamonds’ and costs $375 per person.
Come the main event on Saturday, October 20 between 6 to 11 PM in Keystone Conference Center, Keystone’s most delectable dishes and mouth-watering desserts will be offered for tasting in addition to the nearly 500 wines available. There is also going to be some live performance by MoDaZz, and a silent auction.
The evening’s theme is ‘Jazz Festival’, which is a black tie/formal event. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $130 per person (general seating) or $200 (preferred seating) and at the entrance for $155 per person. Eighty-nine cents of every dollar goes directly to the life-changing work of Ability Connection Colorado.
Wine In The Pines is a chance for people to not only enjoy themselves, but also to take pleasure in knowing that their money is supporting a good cause. Not only will drinking wine give you the satisfaction, so will the idea that you’re doing it for a good reason.