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Drinking, Thoughtfully

BY Shannon Asher | August 13, 2018 | Feature Features

Marisa Hallsted's The Mindful Vine combines the worlds of wine and meditation through a seated dining experience.
Marisa Hallsted, aka the “Sensual Sommelier,” is combining her passion for wine with mindfulness.

Between date night, girls’ night, work drinks and Sunday Funday, it’s easier than ever to accidentally have one too many. Marisa Hallsted is passionately working to change that mentality and educate others on the importance of slowing down and appreciating the vast world of wine.

The Mindful Vine (marisoul.‌co) is a guided experience that leads participants through luxury wine and food tastings with mindfulness. “This journey allows guests to discover what it truly means to be in the moment while offering an education on wine, the art of pairing and the techniques that translate into cultivating more presence into the rest of their lives,” Hallsted says.

As a professional sommelier with 15-plus years in the culinary and hospitality industry, and another 20 years as a certified yoga instructor, she finally found a way for her passions to marry. “My hope is that we find mindfulness in becoming one with our senses. We find beauty and inspiration in a creation we hold so delicately in a glass. We find intention in slowing down and embracing the moment,” she says. “We find balance between indulgence and enjoyment. We find compassion in allowing for time to rest, and we find love in gathering company to share in the joy of community.”

Experiences are offered as private events, but can be done in retreat settings and for corporate clients. This summer, she is also launching a public series at The Cottage (301 E. Hopkins Ave.), a new event space operated by the Cooking School of Aspen. The Cottage will host a series of four Mindful Vine dining experiences offered on the last Wednesday of each month: July 25, Aug. 29 and Sept. 19. Each dinner will embody a different theme transporting guests to both the New and Old World through cuisine and wine pairings curated by Hallsted and an executive chef from the Cooking School of Aspen.

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