Experience the ’90s through wine at La Tour Restaurant in Vail
Even though you can’t find a refreshing Zima or Crystal Pepsi while listening to your grunge music anymore, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some well-aged wines from the ’90s at La Tour Restaurant.The five-course menu features wines from every single vintage in the 1990s, with spring-inspired dishes to pair with them. Sommelier Paul DiMario hand picked the wines from La Tour’s wine cellar for the event.”No matter where you looked in the world during that decade, every region had a spectacular vintage at some point – some even had two,” DiMario said. “It’s not rare, but to showcase 10 wines in the same decade with this level of maturity is exciting.”The wine dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a three-liter bottle of 1990 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame to kick off the decade.”It’s a spectacular vintage of champagne, and I’m excited to see how it’s showing 22 years later,” DiMario said.The menu was planned in typical Vail fashion. For the meeting, DiMario, chef-owner Paul Ferzacca and executive chef Oliver Philpott met on the chairlift to brainstorm ideas.To experience the whole decade, a few courses will have multiple pairings. The menu has been designed to accommodate this. For example, the first course features a 1992 Zilliken “Saarburger Rausch” Spatlese Riesling and a 1998 Hirtzberger “Steinporz” Weissburgunder.The off-dry riesling will pair well with the heat and citrus in the iced Kumamoto oyster and finger lime caviar, DiMario said, while the round richness and vibrant acidity of the weisburgunder cuts the through the fattiness and brininess of the broiled Penn Cove oyster with the brunoise potato and onion.Tickets to the event are $235 before tax and gratuity, and seating is limited. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at latour-vail.com.La Tour Restaurant is open at 5:30 p.m. all week, and is located at 122 E. Meadow Drive in Vail. For more information, call 970-476-4403 or visit the Web site at latour-vail.com.
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