SOAR and SIP this weekend in Snowmass

Staff report

Festival season is far from over in Snowmass, as this weekend brings to the village two favorites — the Snowmass Balloon Festival and the Snowmass Wine Festival.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Snowmass Village, the Snowmass Wine Festival is in its lucky 13th year. The main event is uncorked today in Town Park as the grand tasting begins at 2 p.m. and beguiles wine lovers for three solid hours. Five hundred wines will be poured, and 18 of the Roaring Fork Valley’s most esteemed restaurants will provide food and fare on what promises to be a golden afternoon in Snowmass.

This year, the wine festival coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Snowmass Balloon Festival. This year, nearly three-dozen pilots will be on hand for morning launches, games and the popular Night Glow. This event, held tonight on Fanny Hill, will see pilots light their flames, turning their balloons into larger-than-life lanterns that dot the hillside within view of village restaurants, while entertainment is provided in Base Village.

The weekend’s festivities will be augmented by the Motoring Classic at Aspen Snowmass Mini Concours Event, which showcases the best of American automobiles from the 1965 to the 1995 vintages.

The beauty of the balloons, the extraordinary wines (once again selected and curated with care by Sundance Liquor’s Barb Wickes) and the power of the muscle cars add up to make this one of the best weekends of a Snowmass summer that has been perhaps the busiest on record.