The F&W Classic in Aspen is the premier wine and food event in the country. Over 5,000 people descending on Aspen, Colorado every June to attend demos from superstar chefs like Andrew Zimmern, Tyler Florence, and Jacques Pépin—as well as stop in at wine seminars on topics ranging from “Blanc de Blancs Champagne” to “Blue Chip Wines to Start Collecting Now.”
And yes, many of the wines on show here are pricey (or super-pricey), famous and sought-after—for instance, the wines for the “Wines for IPO Trillionaires” seminar this year, purchased in a store, would run more than $8,000 all told. But there are values to be found at the Classic, too, particularly in the daily Grand Tasting, where hundreds of wineries pour samples in the big tents just below Aspen Mountain. Below are a few of my favorites from this year—and even if you can't make it to the mountains, you can find them in stores around the country.
NV Broadbent Vinho Verde ($11.99)
It's hard to find a better summer white than vinho verde, with its faint not-quite-effervescent tingle, low alcohol (about 9 percent) and refreshing citrus fruit flavors. Broadbent's version is a hit every year at the Classic.