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Creative tastings in Beaver Creek

Cassie Pence

BEAVER CREEK – Wine connoisseur Anthony Dias Blue has quite the resume. Most people know him as the definitive on food, wine and travel from Bon Appetit magazine. But he has written books, hosts a radio show and has earned a James Beard award. He’s driven by his passion for food and wine, and Blue never tires of sharing it.Beaver Creek Resort Company hired Blue’s event company, Blue Lifestyle, to organize the wine and spirit series. This season’s third installment is this weekend, and Blue will be on hand to talk about whiskeys around the world, Italian wines, as well as wines from Santa Barbara.”I like to present wines and combine them with food to offer people things they may never have tried before,” Blue said. “I don’t believe in hard and fast rules for combining wines and spirits with food. In our tastings I try to create insights for people – so they will say to themselves, ‘Hey, I never tried that combination before. I have been educated and my appreciation has increased.’ I think that the less you know, the more astonishing those combinations can be. Because people who are pre-disposed to judge in a less creative way, sometimes miss the point.”The series begins Thursday with a free tasting of Gosling’s hot buttered rum. Attendees can watch the weekly ski down on Beaver Creek Mountain and fireworks and then head into the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort to warm up. This event is free.On Friday for apres ski, Foxnut on Beaver Creek plaza hosts guest Colin Wells of Cosling Castle Partners to tour the world of whiskeys. Wells and Blue will teach about the different regions and taste nuances of different whiskeys.”Whiskies needs to be tasted in a different way than wines,” Blue said. “These should express the terroir of when they are made. It should be very informative.”Later that night the part moves to Splendido at The Chateau in Beaver Creek. Splendido’s executive chef David Walford and guest chef Joan Monfaredi will prepare a multi-course dinner paired with wines of the Barberesco producers from Piedmonte, Italy. Winemaker Alberto di Gresy will be there with Blue to shed light on the wines and food combinations.”Marchesi di Gresy are lovely, intense wines from Piemonte, in the foothills of the alps,” Blue said. “The wines are rich, mostly red wines made from Barbera, Nebbiolo and other local varieties. The wines should be angular, and bright with lovely acid structure.”The weekend continues with a shopping and sipping event Saturday from 3-5 p.m. at Karin’s and Roxy on Beaver Creek Plaza. Attendees will have the chance to win $100 shopping spree.Ending the series Saturday night is a dinner at Bivans at the Park Hyatt. The winemaker form Summerland Winery in Santa Barbara, Etienne Terlinden, will be there to chat in between courses. Bivans’ executive chef Pascal Coudouy and guest chef Joan Monfaredi prepare the meal.Reservations are required for all events. For more information, contact Kyle Copeland at 845-5974 or e-mail her at kcopeland@vailresorts.com.Arts & Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 748-2938 or cpence@vaildaily.com.


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