EDWARDS - Calling all wine lovers, it is time to "Posse Up." The Pinot Posse rides into the Vail Valley and is making a stop at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera Tuesday. The seventh annual tour of revelry celebrates the artistry of Pinot Noir winemakers from A.P. Vin Wines, August West/Sandler, J.K. Carriere Wines, Keefer Ranch Winery, Bonaccorsi, Paul Lato, Owen Roe, Cargasacchi and Point Concepcin, with a wine tasting and appetizers at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera. The Pinot Posse is the brainchild of John Salamanski of CS Wine Imports, a Denver-based wine distributor that places specialty wines in restaurants in metro-Denver and mountain restaurants. The CS Wine Imports portfolio includes cult wines from California, Oregon, Washington, Italy and Spain. The annual Pinot Posse event is unique to the Denver and mountain markets in Colorado, and allows Salamanski and the Pinot Noir winemakers to showcase their wines. Each year the locations of the dinners and tastings vary, but the aim is the same: to bring a group of talented winemakers to Colorado to promote the varietal and some of the personalities behind it.Jim Prosser of J.K. Carriere Wines on Parrett Mountain in Newberg, Ore., describes the Pinot Posse as a "Wild West minstrel show with wine in lieu of the magical elixir," where winemakers who could be considered competitors band together to promote great Pinot Noir to Colorado restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine retailers and consumers. The group of winemakers travels together, bringing their collective energy to each event. They celebrate Pinot Noir and their different interpretations of the varietal, which Prosser describes as "one of the highest expressions of the connoisseur." The winemakers enjoy each other's company and see it as a "road trip with buddies for a week," complete with wine, food and skiing. Their relaxed good humor helps convey one of their collective messages, which is to encourage people not to take wine too seriously.The event is Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, located above Edwards. This event is open to the public and reservations must be made in advance. The price is $20 per person. Call the Lodge at 970-926-2200 to reserve your glass.
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