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If you love wine, but prefer to keep things casual, you need to check out the Telluride Wine Festival. This festival is in its 28th season, and in that time, it's gathered a following of fellow wine lovers who thrive in a mountain setting without any pretense.  The festival's offerings inlcude academic seminars geared toward afficianados with a pencant for wine knowledge. However, ask any returning festival guest and they'll probably tell you it's the integration of wine AND food that sets Telluride apart.

Given Telluride's amazing level of culinary offerings, the Wine Festival partners with many of the local restaurants to create one-of-a-kind pairing experiences at lunch time. This year, there is a special lunch scheduled with Cosmo's and the Chop House on Friday; and a Saturday lunch affair at Allred's. These are a must.

Also on Friday evening is the Toast of Telluride, a walking, tasting tour set in historic downtown Telluride where you can engage with wineries directly while taking in Telluride's many world-class and eclectic boutiques, art galleries and studios.

The festival organizers have paired the Saturday Grand Tasting with the fresh sounds of Citizen Cope this year. Playing Telluride's infamous Town Park Main Stage, Citizen Cope brings a brilliant sound that is so simple.

Critics call it "a mix of hip-hop, folk, and blues his songs are mostly beats - mix bass drum, high hat, snare, clap track and repeat - buffed smooth by a haggard, road-weary voice."

Tickets for the festival and the Citizen Cope show are available online at Telluride Ticket.

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