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Blind wine tasting at Larkspur in Vail

VailDaily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily/Josh StevensonLarkspur's Wine University takes place each Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. in Vail.

VAIL, Colorado – Wine can be an intimidating subject. Information abounds, and the more you learn, it seems the more you need to learn. Enter Kevin Furtado, one of the Vail Valley’s foremost authorities, yet a personable guy eager to share his passion.

Furtado, Larkspur Restaurant’s wine director, started Wine University at the restaurant last summer as a weekly educational seminar to help enthusiasts learn about the intricate topic. The classes continue this summer on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. at a price of $40 per person per class.

This week students are welcome to attend what Furtado calls Wine 101. The class will teach attendees how to identify varietal characteristics through blind tastings, so there are no preconceptions.

“Without knowing what’s on the hidden label, you can use the five senses to identify what’s in the glass,” Furtado said. “This is an intellectual exercise that is used to enjoy and ponder what you are drinking. The wine’s color, the aroma profiles, its texture on the tongue, and recognizable flavors all contribute to your understanding and appreciation.”

Wine is all about pleasure according to Furtado. Whether you want to be able to order wine in a restaurant or just want to have a collection to enjoy at home, it is a subject that invites conversation and fun.

“My own experiences have allowed me to meet people around the world who have this similar hobby,” he said. “Now I love to share wine tasting and bring new people into this subject. Wine University allows both novices and confirmed wine lovers the chance to taste, learn and enjoy.”

For details on the entire Wine University syllabus, visit

For reservations, call 970-754-8050.

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