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Sonnenalp hosts final wine dinners of the season

VAIL — An evening of fine wine and gourmet cuisine with mark the third event of the Sonnenalp wine dinner series on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Ludwig’s restaurant. Sonnenalp’s head sommelier, Jarrett Quint, has selected wines from the Koehler-Ruprecht winery, accompanied by a multi-course menu hand crafted by executive chef Florian Schwarz.

“These wine dinners have become a favorite to all that attend,” Quint said. “I am happy to be able to share two more wineries with guests and allow them to enjoy these interactive and memorable evenings.”

One of the oldest and most distinctive wineries in the Pfalz region of Germany, Koehler-Ruprecht presents German Rieslings and pinot noirs created by a company with the motto: “wine is the poetry of the earth.”

The menu will begin with a Georges Bank scallop carpaccio, melon vinaigrette and prosciutto accompanied by a 2009 pino blanc. The next course will be an apple and foie gras tarte with orange chutney and mustard micro greens, paired with a 2011 riesling halbtrocken. Next enjoy a seared rack of elk with pino noir sauce, smoked red cabbage and parsley spaetzle paired with a 2006 pino noir. The dessert course is a biscuit roulade with apricot filling and pistachio ice cream accompanied by a riesling spaetlese.

The final wine dinner of the season will take place on March 21, and will showcase Witness Tree Vineyard in Oregon, a small producer of premium quality pinot noir. Steven Westby, the winemaker at Witness Tree for the last 17 years, will attend the event and present their wines that are made entirely from grapes that are grown on the property’s estate.

The Koehler-Ruprecht and Witness Tree wine dinners are $95 per person, not including tax or gratuities. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 970-479-5429.

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