Please join us for the 32nd Annual Wine in the Pines
Presented by Dillon Ridge Liquors and Keystone Resort, this two day extravaganza begins on Friday evening with the legendary patron/sponsor party— The Winemaker’s Dinner at the Keystone Ranch Restaurant. The Keystone Ranch Restaurant lives up to its reputation of being a AAA, Four Diamond™ restaurant, Wine Spectator DiRoNa winner, and has been recognized as the Best Restaurant in Colorado by the prestigious Zagat Survey®. Start with fine champagne and hors d’oeuvres by the fireplace in the warm, rustic elegance of this original 1930’s ranch homestead. Genius Head Chef Steve Vlass will demonstrate an exquisite balance of flavors and textures paired with exquisite Antinori reserve wines and a spectacular five course dining experience.
On Saturday, guests will enjoy an all-star celebration of gourmet food, fine wines, lively auctions and engaging entertainment at this year’s International Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting. Experience the epicurean creations of some of Keystone’s finest chefs. Savor sumptuous cuisines from some of Keystone’s most well-known restaurants including Keystone Ranch, Alpenglow Stube, Ski Tip Lodge and Der Fondue Chessel. Pair your gourmet selections with the perfect glass of wine poured by our knowledgeable wine distributors. You’re sure to find the perfect match among the offering of the more than 500 wines available. And, of course, no culinary experience would be complete without a trip or two to the dessert tables where you can indulge in the legendary chocolates and dessert delicacies that Wine in the Pines is known for.
Don’t forget your dancing shoes as one of Colorado’s favorite bands takes center stage. The 17th Avenue Allstars perform A Cappella and Doo-Wop favorites from the 50’s, 60’s and beyond.
Want more? The evening wouldn’t be complete without taking home a few trinkets, treasures or rare wines offered during our live and silent auctions. And better yet, it all goes to charity. Wine in the Pines benefits the Kelly Smith Employment Center at Ability Connection Colorado. Your attendance and participation at Wine in the Pines, in the words of founders Mike and Margret Smith, is a great way to “pay it forward”, all to the benefit of people with disabilities and other challenges seeking employment and job training.
Wine in the Pines was founded 32 years ago by Mike and Margaret Smith, owners of Dillon Ridge Liquors in Summit County. Their vision was to create an event to help people like their daughter Kelly, who has Cerebral Palsy. Named after Kelly, Ability Connection Colorado’s Employment Works program located in the Kelly Smith Employment Center, headquarters in Denver.
Ability Connection Colorado’s Employment Works program reached 4,140 people with disabilities last year across the state. The center helps everyone, regardless of ability reach their potential through job training, benefit planning and other services. Employment Works is dedicated to helping individuals with challenges and barriers become self-sufficient and independent through meaningful employment.
Ability Connection Colorado serves over 41,000 people statewide with a wide variety of abilities through early childhood education, statewide family support and referral services and the employment program.