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Telluride Ski Resort: Continues Commitment to Culinary Services with Creation of Wine Director

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Telluride Ski Resort Continues Commitment to Culinary Services with Creation of Wine Director

Certified Sommelier Andrew Shaffner Appointed to Position

TELLURIDE, Colorado (Dec. 11, 2013) – Telluride Ski Resort has become a destination for foodies. Ten different restaurants, both on and near the mountain, offer food appealing to everyone’s tastes. Telluride sets itself apart from other resorts with a fierce commitment to culinary opportunities. Incredible food complimented by impressive wine lists are a staple of the area, and alpine eateries like Alpino Vino and Bon Vivant create dining experiences found nowhere else in ski country. This season, Telluride Ski Resort is continuing their commitment to superior culinary services with the appointment of Wine Director Andrew Shaffner.


Shaffner has spent the last five years as the General Manager of Alpino Vino throughout the winters and as a sommelier at Allred’s Restaurant during the summer, curating a spectacular bottle selection at both venues. His love of wine started in college and blossomed during his time at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas when he acted as the Rio’s Assistant Wine Director. While in Las Vegas, Shaffner joined the Court of Master Sommeliers and earned a title of Certified Sommelier by the organization. Shaffner is one of four Certified Sommeliers in the Town of Telluride.


“Having Andrew head up the resort’s wine selection takes dining at Telluride Ski Resort establishments to the next level,” said Stephen Roth, Executive Director of Culinary Services for Telluride Ski Resort. “Having a Wine Director like Andrew is something few ski resorts in North America enjoy.” 


Shaffner will be managing Telluride Ski Resort’s wine list across its 10 restaurants, selecting, buying and pricing each bottle. He will also be in charge of the training and education of restaurant employees on wine, creating a more knowledgeable staff capable in assisting guests’ selection. Additionally, he is tasked with understanding the trends of the international wine market and blending them with the tastes of the resort’s clientele.


“I’m honored to have been given this opportunity,” stated Shaffner. “The wine experiences of Bon Vivant, Alpino Vino, Siam Talay and others are stellar. And, I’m proud of the 1000 bottle wine list at Allred’s. It is truly one of the great wine lists in Colorado.”


Stashed among the highest concentration of 13,000 & 14,000 foot peaks in North America, Telluride offers some of the most spectacular skiing and riding on the planet. Unique culinary experiences on the mountain blend with the world-class restaurants, sophisticated shops, luxury hotels, and exquisite spas Telluride offers. Plus, getting here is easier than ever with non-stop flights from 8 major hubs, and getting around is a breeze with the free gondola transportation system. Discover why Telluride is The Most Beautiful Place You’ll Ever Ski.

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