About the Event

One of Bozeman's most anticipated benefit events of the year, Museum of the Rockies' Wine & Culinary Classic, marks its 16th anniversary in 2017. The date for this year's event is set for Saturday, July 8, from 6:00 to 10:30 p.m.
The theme for 2017 is Sense-sational Wines! The 16th Annual Wine & Culinary Classic will celebrate the human senses of touch, taste, smell, and sight allowing us to savor our drink, delight in our food, and actually, enjoy our lives. The evening will include wine tastings from over 100 wines, locally catered foods, silent and live auctions, and MOR's Pay-It-Forward Auction which helps raise funds for the Museum's Changing Exhibits Fund. Creative stations will be placed throughout the event allowing guests to engage all of their senses while sampling food and wines.

New this year, the Wine & Culinary Classic welcomes Distinguished Guests, Master Sommelier, Author, and Featured Vintners Richard and Carla Betts. While traveling in Italy, Richard fell in love with the country’s dining tradition and came to regard wine “as a grocery and not a luxury.” In 2003, Richard passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Masters Exam on the first attempt. He co-founded his first wine label Betts & Scholl in 2003 and also co-founded Scarpetta Wines and “cc:” Wines. Today, Richard is guiding his highly-regarded mezcal project, Sombra, as well as a wine project which includes “Saint Glinglin” from Bordeaux and “my ESSENTIAL” from California and Provence. Richard is also the author of The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert.

Carla Betts (née Rzeszewski) began her career in the service industry eventually becoming the Wine Director for April Bloomfield’s The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory Oyster Bar in New York City. Carla elected to pursue An Approach To Relaxation, which is a project making wine with her husband, Richard Betts. Their first wine, Sucette, hails from ancient Grenache vines grown in the deep sands of the Vine Vale region of the Barossa Valley in Australia. She has been regularly featured in The Wall Street Journal, Wine Enthusiast, and the New York Times amongst others, as well as being dubbed The Queen of Sherry by the Village Voice. 

One of the largest under-one-tent events in Montana and held on the Museum's grounds, MOR's Wine & Culinary Classic has earned a reputation for attracting wine and food enthusiasts from across the country, as well as those who simply enjoy learning about wine, and sampling the finest foods. Museum patrons and guests will enjoy friends and festivity as they sip over 100 varieties of wine, savor delicious food from the local culinary landscape, and most importantly, support Museum of the Rockies.

The 2016 Wine & Culinary Classic was voted the 2nd Most Memorable Event in the Past Year by Bozeman Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards. Tickets to the event sold out in 2016. 

Tickets are now sold out to this celebrated benefit event and are $150 for MOR members and $175 for non-members. Tickets to the 16th Annual Wine & Culinary Classic can be purchased by calling 406-994-1998, emailing events@montana.edu, or online. The Wine and Culinary Classic is a production of Museum of the Rockies, Inc., an independent 501(c) (3) which exists to fund the operations of the Museum.

On Friday, July 7, from 1-2 p.m., Museum of the Rockies will be hosting a book signing for Master Sommelier and New York Times Bestselling author, Richard Betts. In the first book of its kind, The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert, he helps readers scratch and sniff their way to expertise by introducing the basic components of wine, enabling anyone to discover the difference between a Syrah and a Sangiovese and get the glass they love every time.