Town Council Sworn In & Elect Mayor | Champagne & Sparkling Wines

Town Council Elects Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem; Newly Elected Sworn In
At yesterday’s (7/18) MV Town Council meeting, newly elected council members Peter Duprey and Martinique Davis Prohaska and re-elected council members Laila Benitez and Dan Caton were officially sworn in as members of the MV Town Council. The council members will serve four-year terms and will join current council members Patrick Berry, Jack Gilbride and Natalie Binder.

By unanimous vote, Laila Benitez was re-elected Mayor of Mountain Village and Dan Caton was re-elected Mayor Pro Tem. Benitez has been on the Council since June 2015 and has served as Mayor since July of 2017. In MV, the mayor serves a two-year term with the council’s approval.

Read full MV press release
Spend the Day Drinking Champagne & Sparking Wines at Telluride Reserve
Campagne, sparkling, bubbles – the InvitedHome Sparkling Wine experience offers a day of tastings for lovers of wines with effervescence. Guests will have the opportunity to taste seventeen different sparkling wines.

The exclusive InvitedHome Taste & Terroir of Champagne lunch offers hard to find grower Champagnes only to the thirty guests that opt for this tasting itinerary. The lunch will be held in the Russell Estate, an 11,000 square foot luxury home looking over the golf course to the San Sophias.

Join us for the InvitedHome Sparkling Wine Experience – an unrivaled pairing of exquisite wines, lunch prepared by James Beard-nominated Chef Mark Tarbell and luxury rental real estate. Visit to purchase your credential.

Join us at Telluride Reserve – August 15-18

Telluride Reserve – Mountain Village Food & Wine Celebration
Seats in all tastings are limited and filling fast – so get your tickets today

This will be an unforgettable event – offering interactive wine tastings with Master Sommeliers and winemakers, along with four-course lunches prepared by award-winning chefs. Join Chopped Judge, Chef Marc Murphy along with James Beard Foundation winners, a Michelin-starred chef, two members of the Mondavi family and many other culinary and wine professionals.

You will be welcomed to a private Mountain Village luxury home where you will enjoy the Taste & Terroir of one of thirteen different wine growing regions. Telluride Reserve brings you a lunch experience that is unrivaled and unobtainable anywhere else.

Your Telluride Reserve credential includes eight tasting events and two world-class lunches. Enjoy the Taste & Terroir of Champagne in the Russell Estate with Chef Mark Tarbell or the Taste & Terroir of Bordeaux, with the head of culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America, in the French Country chateau known as Aux Pied de Pistes at the foot of the slopes. Or share wines with sommelier and winemaker Rajat Parr, whom you may recognize from the movie SOMM, in the Village Overlook, a home with views that extend to Utah. We are grateful to InvitedHome and the owners of these luxury, vacation homes for making them available to Telluride Reserve.

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MV Election Results | The Week’s Events & Activities

MV Election Results
In yesterday’s (6/25) regular municipal election to elect four Town Council members, candidates Peter Duprey, Dan Caton, Laila Benitez and Martinique Davis Prohaska were elected to Mountain Village Town Council. See number of votes each candidate received.

Of the 935 ballots that were issued, 340 ballots were cast for a 39.65% voter turnout. The newly elected council members will serve four-year terms. They will join current council members Patrick Berry, Natalie Binder and Jack Gilbride.

The newly elected council members will be sworn in at the July 18, 2019 Town Council meeting where members will then appoint the position of mayor and mayor pro-tem.

The Week’s Events & Activities
TODAY (Wed, 6/26)
11am – 4pm: Market on the Plaza (Heritage Plaza) is a vibrant local community market that offers homegrown food and homemade products.
6pm – 8pm: MV Sunset Concert featuring Orquesta Akokan

Thu, 6/27
8:30pm – 10 Movies Under the Stars (Reflection Plaza). Shrek (2001)

Fri, 6/28
5pm – 7pm Music on the Green (Reflection Plaza). Sammy Brue

Sat, 6/29
8:30pm – 10 Movies Under the Stars (Reflection Plaza). Karate Kid (1984)

Music on the Green | Village Center Updates

TODAY: Music on the Green
Don’t miss the first Music on the Green of the summer season with Brent Cowles today from 5-7pm in Reflection Plaza (next to Madeline Hotel). It’s the perfect way to start the weekend! This live musical performance is free for all-ages and is brought to you by TMVOA.

View this summer’s full 13 show line-up

Village Center – Changes begin June 15

Dismount Zone: Last month the MV Town Council unanimously passed an ordinance creating a dismount/pedestrian-only zone in the Village Center. The new ordinance goes into effect June 15, and encompasses the majority of plaza and walkways whereby cyclists will be required to dismount and walk their bikes, skateboards and Onewheels.

With the increased number of people in the Village Center, the ordinance is a proactive step to foster safety of both bikers and pedestrians. The ordinance was created after extensive work with TSG, local bike shops and MV’s Parks and Recreation Department and sought to balance the needs of merchants, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Read Town’s full press release and view map of dismount zone

Expansion of Common Consumption Area: Celebrate the kick-off of MV’s newly expanded Common Consumption Area (CCA) with a party and live music in Heritage Plaza on Saturday, June 15 from 12-4pm. The party will feature live music from local band, Alan Booradley and the NIA.

Last month MV Town Council approved the Promotional Association’s request to expand its Common Consumption Area (CCA) throughout the majority of the Village Center. The Village Center currently has a smaller CCA in the Sunset Plaza area during concerts, but last month’s approval significantly expands the footprint and operating hours throughout the summer season.

Similar to concerts in Sunset Plaza, the expanded CCA will allow for the purchase of alcoholic beverages in approved cups from participating licensed establishments and enables for consumption throughout much of the plazas in the Village Center.

As always, no outside alcoholic beverages are allowed, and drinks purchased from one licensed liquor establishment will only be permitted in the Common Consumption Area and cannot be brought into another liquor establishment.

The CCA will be in effect beginning June 15 and will run through the close of the gondola on Oct. 20, 2019 with occasional blackout dates due to special events. It will then operate concurrently with the 2019/2020 gondola schedule. Hours will be noon to 9 p.m. daily.

Read Town’s full press release

Join Us As We Revisit the Judgment of Paris – French vs California Wine

43 years ago today, a landmark wine tasting known as the Judgment of Paris changed the world’s perception of California wine. Telluride Reserve will revisit this momentous blind tasting with participation from a select group of Master Sommeliers and wine experts participating in Telluride Reserve Mountain Village Food & Wine Celebration, August 15 – 18, 2019. To our knowledge, the reenactment has only been offered publicly four other times since the original tasting. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to participate in a Judgment of Paris blind tasting!

Held in Paris on May 24, 1976 six California Chardonnays and six California Cabernet Sauvignons were compared, by French judges, against top wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy. The result, a huge and controversial surprise, was the preference for the California wines over the French wines. The Judgment of Paris recognized the quality and launched global interest and investment in the wines of California.

Andrew Shaffner, Telluride Ski Resort’s Wine Director, will be joined by Master Sommeliers Evan Goldstein, Eric Hemer, Sean Razee and Damon Ornowski to blind taste through these extraordinary wines. A total of 15 seats are available at this blind tasting – only nine remain today.

To purchase a Telluride Reserve credential please visit to select your tastings from four days and over forty food and wine tasting options.

Marc Murphy Joins Telluride Reserve | Daily Air Service to Telluride

Join Chopped Judge Marc Murphy at Telluride Reserve
Mountain Village Food & Wine Celebration

Telluride Reserve Mountain Village Food & Wine Celebration is happy to announce that Chef Marc Murphy will join our inaugural weekend and host two four-course lunches introducing guests to the Taste & Terroir of Tuscany. Born in Milan, Marc’s menu will be inspired by his Italian background and paired with the fresh and innovative wines of Bibi Graetz. Murphy has been cooking for over 30 years and is a well-known New York City restauranteur as well as a judge on Food Network’s hit show Chopped. Each of these Tuscan lunches will be held in a private home in Mountain Village and limited to only 30 guests.

The culinary talent of Telluride Reserve taking place August 15 – 18 includes a list of innovative and award-winning chefs, creating lunches showcasing the terroirs of a particular region paired with wines of the same. These chefs have earned James Beard Foundation awards, Michelin stars, Iron Chef and Top Chef accolades.

Telluride Reserve offers guests exclusive access to some of the finest wine and culinary talent and the opportunity to interact with each chef, winemaker or sommelier. Explore the events and purchase a credential at

If you haven’t purchased your credentials yet, now is the time to do so! We look forward to having you as our guest at this inaugural celebration.

Daily Commercial Air Service to Telluride
For the first time in its history, the Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) will offer daily commercial jet service. Today (5/15) marks the first flight. Denver Air Connection, who maintain an interline relationship with United Airlines, has launched the daily flight on the 30-seat Dorner 328JET from Denver (DEN) to TEX. Flights will operate year-round with the exception of two short seasonal breaks in spring and fall.

Read full press release.

Medical Center | Incentive Programs | MV Election

Telluride Medical Center: Potential New Site
The Telluride Hospital District (THD) announced they have signed a Memo of Understanding with Genesee Properties for potential donation of a 2.6 acre parcel of land at Society Turn for development of a new medical facility.

Next steps to securing the donation, according to John Gardner, CEO of TMC, require Genesee Properties to obtain land use entitlements from San Miguel County that meet their development goals. Gardner further stated that the THD will support the efforts of Genesee Properties and would move to present design plans to San Miguel County once the land is conveyed.

THD – Press Release
Telluride Daily Planet – Article

Be Proactive ($$): Cedar Shake & Defensible Space Incentives
Our community continues to be proactive about wildfire hazard mitigation. This summer take advantage of two incentive programs that are being offered to MV homeowners. These programs are made possible through a partnership of TMVOA and Town of Mountain Village.

Both programs below are designed to mitigate the hazards of wildfire and provide cost savings associated with protecting your home and property. Learn more below.

Cedar Shake Incentive – Re-roof your home or building from cedar shake shingles to town-approved fire rated roofing material.

Defensible Space Incentive – Create a defensible space on your property to lower your property’s wildfire risk.

MV Town Council Election – June 25
The Town of Mountain Village will hold a regular municipal election on June 25 to elect four Town Council members. If you are interested in being a candidate, you have until May 10 to submit a letter of intent and candidate biography.

One of the easiest ways to be involved is simply to register and vote in the upcoming Town election.

RegisterResidents can register online here. Second homeowners / Property Owners can register here (to vote your property must be held in your individual name and not a trust or held by a company).

For more information about the election or voter registration requirements in the Town of Mountain Village, visit the Town’s website here.

Lots of Snow – Please Drive Careful | Budget Ratification

Lots of Snow – Please Drive Careful
It is truly a winter wonderland! The Telluride Ski Resort is reporting we have received 19” of snowfall in the last 24 hours. The current storm is expected to continue in our area until 6 a.m. tomorrow.

As a result, please TAKE EXTRA CARE if you must drive today. The Town of Mountain Village has crews working diligently to clear the roadways, but with the snow continuing to come down it is more important than ever to drive slowly. We have received reports of vehicles getting stuck along some roadways, so please be aware of stopped or stuck vehicles.

Lastly, please be patient as Dial-a-Ride wait times may be longer than normal given road conditions and high call volumes. Let’s all think about being extra safe today.

TMVOA Members Meeting: Budget Ratification
TMVOA is holding a Members Meeting on Wednesday, March 27, at 4:00 pm at Mountain Village Town Hall to ratify the 2019 Budget.

Telluride Reserve Food & Wine Celebration Unveiled | Secure Your Credential Now

UNVEILED: Chefs, Winemakers and Sommeliers for Telluride Reserve

TMVOA is thrilled to announce that the program, along with bios of the award-winning chefs, winemakers, and sommeliers is now available at

Telluride Reserve, August 15 – 18, 2019 brings a wealth of talent and expertise for this celebration of food and wine. While the list is extensive, a few highlights include:

· Meet two generations of the Mondavi family, with wines from Tim Mondavi’s Continuum Estate and a menu crafted by Mondavi’s executive Chef Sarah Scott. Tim will lead a vertical tasting of Continuum and discuss the intricacies of the vintage, his family’s legacy and the life in Napa Valley. Carlo Mondavi, fourth-generation winegrower will showcase his remarkable RAEN wines that he and his brother Dante founded in 2013. Expect a few surprises as Carlo puts his wines up against some of the great Burgundies of the world in a blind tasting.

· Meet Chef Katy Millard of Coquine, just announced as a semi-finalist for 2019 Best Chef: Northwest by the James Beard Foundation at the Taste & Terroir of Oregon lunch while enjoying the wines of Lavinea.

· Reserve your spot at the Taste & Terroir of Spain for a mid-day meal created by James Beard award winning Chef Jennifer Jasinski with wine pairings of the Vega Sicilia family of wines. For Andrew Shaffner, the Wine Director of Telluride Ski & Golf, tasting Vega Sicilia launched his love of wine.

· Enjoy the Taste & Terroir of Santa Barbara lunch, the stories and the wines of Sandhi and Domaine de la Cote Winemaker and Sommelier Rajat Parr, who you will recognize from the movie SOMM, while experiencing the culinary skills of Michelin Star awarded Chef Daniel Patterson.

· Blind taste under the guidance of a Master Sommelier. Sample bubbles from around the world. Drink like Hemingway. Try the new and noteworthy wines of Sonoma. And there is so much more.

Don’t miss out! Telluride Reserve is limited to just 500 guests.

Guests select their weekend tastings based on their interests, from a host of seminars each with a maximum capacity of just 50 guests or less. The locations for the seventeen Taste & Terroir four-course lunches will be private homes and venues with each limited to only 30 guests.

Credentials are priced at $1,600 per person for the weekend of events. Secure your selections on Monday, March 11 using the TMVOA early access code: TMVOA1ST

We look forward to you joining us for this inaugural celebration.

TMVOA Members Get Early Access to Telluride Reserve on March 11

EXCLUSIVE 7-Day Early Access for TMVOA Members for Telluride Reserve

TMVOA is excited to announce the official launch of Telluride Reserve, a new four-day celebration of food and wine, August 15 – 18, 2019, that brings together award-winning chefs and winemakers in intimate venues and unique private homes.

On Monday, March 11 at 9 a.m. (MDT), advance credential sales will be available to TMVOA members for seven days. TMVOA members have the opportunity to secure a maximum of six credentials and must use the special access code: TMVOA1ST.

Telluride Reserve will deliver experiences that are unparalleled, with a focus on ensuring the intimacy of each celebration and providing direct interaction with award-winning chefs, winemakers and sommeliers. The locations for the seventeen Taste & Terroir four-course lunches will be private homes and venues with each limited to only 30 guests. Guests select their weekend tastings based on their interests, from a host of seminars each with a maximum capacity of just 50 guests or less.

Guests will experience the cuisine of chefs recognized by the James Beard Foundation for their culinary excellence and those that have helmed Michelin starred restaurants. The collection of wine includes estate offerings of two generations of the most venerable winemaking family in the United States and wines that express the terroir of vineyards from around the world. The talent of Telluride Reserve will immerse guests in their cultures and vibrant stories of food and wine.

The detailed program, including the bios of chefs, winemakers and sommeliers will be unveiled on Monday, March 11 on our website at

Don’t miss out! Each celebration event of Telluride Reserve is limited to a small number of guests, with tasting sessions closed once credential capacity is met. Secure your selections on Monday, March 11 for this inaugural celebration.