Taste of Vail gets worldly with wine
Ryan Summerlin March 19, 2014
VAIL — This year, Taste of Vail is extending its global selection of wines with more than six international vintners represented. The 24th annual Taste of Vail is scheduled for April 2-5 and will host more than 50 winemakers and winery owners.
“We are pleased to include a number of international influences at this year’s event,” said Chris Chantler, chairman of the Taste of Vail board. “Taste of Vail’s wine selection aims to reflect the culture in Vail and the resort’s growing popularity as an international destination.”
Among the half-dozen international wineries showcased at Taste of Vail are returning favorites such as Guiliana Imports, Gramona and Valentin Bianchi. In addition, Bodegas Muriel, Chateau de Sours and Valiformosa-Cavas will participate in their first Taste of Vail.
“Muriel” is the combination of the family name Murua and the town of Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa region of Spain. Known for its Riojan surroundings that produce some of the best terroir, the quaint village of Elciego houses the Bodegas Muriel cellars.
Today, Julian Murua and his son Javier run the winery with the mission to mend the winemaking traditions of the region with new technologies in order to make wines that express the best qualities of grapes coming from the Riojan vineyards. All Bodegas Muriel wines are 100 percent tempranillo, the signature grape of the Rioja region. The unique micro-climate of the region is influenced by the Mediterranean, Continental and Atlantic climates, which helps the vines produce aromatic and elegant wines that have great potential to age.
ChAteau de Sours
Dating back to the 14th century, Chateau de Sours originally served as an inn on the St. Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage route to northern Spain. The current house was built in 1972 by the Comtes du Richemont, who survived the French Revolution and subsequently renovated the property and planted its first vines. Chateau de Sours winemakers produce some of Bordeaux’s most respected red and white wines, and is leading a renewed global interest in top class rose, which will be featured at Taste of Vail’s Debut of Rose.
Now managed by the fifth generation of the Domenech family, Vallformosa has been a family-owned winery since it was established in 1865 in Vilobi del Penedes, southwest of Barcelona. In 1865, Don Francisco Jose Domenech planted vines on the land that became the family’s first vineyards. After Phylloxera destroyed almost all the vines in Spain in the late 1880’s, Vallformosa was among the pioneering wineries to replant non-contaminated rootstock.
In the late 1930s, the Spanish Civil War erupted and part of winery was destroyed during fierce fighting near the end of the war. In 1940, when the Domenech family returned to rebuild the winery, Don Jose Domenech Torne (the son of Don Francisco) produced the first three bottles of Vallformosa Cava. Since the beginning, the Domenech family has been passionate about their wines and, even today, follow the teachings of their ancestors that the “soul of the wine is in the soil and in their family roots.”
In addition to new seminars that will be offered this year, Taste of Vail includes the 10th annual Colorado Lamb Cook-Off and Apres Ski Tasting, the Mountaintop Picnic and the Grand Tasting. For more information, visit www.tasteofvail.com.