35th Annual Wine in the Pines

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For the wine lover who thinks they have tasted it all… we quite possibly rocked your world!

Great friends, fabulous food and fine wine!

Ability Connection Colorado celebrated the 36th Annual Wine in the Pines on Friday & Saturday, October 18 & 19, 2019 in Keystone, Colorado.

On Friday… The Winemaker’s Dinner at the Keystone Ranch began with champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Attendees enjoyed a 5-course seated dinner expertly prepared by genius head chef, Kevin Simley, paired with exquisite wines from E. & J. Gallo Winery. It was an epicurean delight not to be missed!

On Saturday… The International Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting features the epicurean creations of some of Keystone’s finest chefs. Gourmet selections were paired with the perfect taste of nearly 500 international wines, spirits or craft beers. And, of course, no culinary experience would have been complete without a trip or two to the dessert tables where attendees indulged in the legendary chocolates and dessert delicacies that Wine in the Pines is known for. Rounding out the night were live and silent auctions, live entertainment and this year… country dancing with line dancing lessons!

This preeminent event was founded by Mike and Margaret Smith to honor their daughter, Kelly who was born with Cerebral Palsy. The nearly 800 guests who attend will join the Smiths and the Kelly Smith Statewide Employment Program in seeking to ensure that all people with disabilities statewide have a quality life of dignity and inclusion within their community.

The Kelly Smith Statewide Employment Program provides services to over 2,800 at-risk adults & teens STATEWIDE each year through ACCO’s Employment Works and RAMP programs.

Eighty-nine cents of every dollar goes directly to the life-changing work of Ability Connection Colorado.

Can’t attend but would like to help in our mission?

Donate here or participate in our online silent auction. It’s easy and you can follow along with us during the event. Bidding starts soon! Check back for more information. 


Friday, October 18, 2019  

Winemaker’s Dinner at the Keystone Ranch 6pm-10:30pm

Champagne and Hors d’oeuvres begin the evening. Guests enjoy a 5 course seated dinner expertly prepared by Keystone Ranch’s Executive Chef, Kevin Simley, to complement select wine pairings. Winemaker will describe each wine with each new course. An epicurean delight not to be missed!

Official Winemaker: E. & J. Winery “A Taste of Sonoma”

Theme: An Elegant Night at the Ranch

Dress: Formal or Semi-formal


Patron Package: $375 (includes BOTH Friday & Saturday night reserved seats)

Friday Night ONLY: $245 (limited # available)




Saturday, October 19, 2019

International Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting at the Keystone Conference Center 6pm-10:30pm

This elegant tasting features nearly 500 wines, spirits, beers and some of Keystone’s most sumptuous cuisine and irresistible desserts as well as Silent and Live Spot Auctions. Country Dancing complete with LINE DANCING lessons!

Entertainment: Country Western Dancing Lessons with Michael “Tex” DeGarie

Theme: Country Music Night (FREE country line dancing lessons)

Dress: Country Western Dressy Denim & Diamonds


  • EARLY BIRD SPECIAL (THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH): $130 General Seating Ticket
  • OCTOBER 1-17: $140 General Seating Ticket
  • OCTOBER 18-19: $150 General Seating Ticket (AVAILABLE ONLINE AND/OR AT THE DOOR DAY OF)
  • $200 Advance PREFERRED Seating Ticket / $2000 Advanced Preferred Table of Ten (available for purchase through October 11th)
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