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Snowmass history: Prelude to a classic

A large group gathered indoors at the Snowmass Conference Center for the annual wine classic circa 1985. Booths and tables are set up throughout the room and people mill around each of them.
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“Wine classic is a taster’s delight,” The Aspen Times wrote on June 27, 1985. “Wine lovers came from far and near to enjoy the pride of the vineyards at the third annual Aspen/Snowmass International Wine Classic held last weekend. Over 500 persons, including vintners and volunteers, attended the three-day event which took place at the Snowmass Conference Center and the Inn at Aspen. Fifty-six domestic and foreign wineries were represented at the Classic. Highlighting the weekend were lively speaker presentations, panel discussions and five wine tastings. Many attendees admitted their favorite event took place on the final day of the Wine Classic. A full house packed the Inn at Aspen Sunday for the ‘Dessert Extravaganza,’ and normally calorie-conscious people indulged in the orgy of sweet and sparkling wines to complement the desserts.”


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