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Five wine experts at Vail’s Larkspur Restaurant Friday night

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VAIL, Colorado For its grand finale to Food & Wine Week, Larkspur Restaurant in Vail has planned a unique event for Friday. Five Colorado wine personalities will convene to offer a five-course dinner, featuring masterful pairings for each course. Drawing on a lifetime of experience in the wine industry, each of the expert personalities will select a favorite wine and serve it with a dish created by Larkspur Chef Armando Navarro.Kevin Furtado, Larkspurs sommelier, spearheaded this event. Furtado is known for having built one of the largest and most comprehensive wine cellars in the state of Colorado and for his passionate wine suggestions for Larkspurs guests. Whether our customers are conservative or adventurous, we have a perfect pairing to go with their meal, Furtado said. Its rewarding to be able to offer something new and enjoyable and to help people discover the vast and ever-changing world of wine.Furtado will lead the evening with the first course paired with grower champagne. For centuries, Champagne has been produced by major wineries in this small appellation of France, Furtado said. The latest trend is that small growers in the region are producing excellent champagnes with their own grapes. The resulting grower champagnes have their own unique style and are excellent paired with seafood, especially oysters on the half shell.For the second course, master sommelier Brett Zimmerman, of Domaine Select Imports, will share the obscure Movia Ribolla, from Slovenia, just over the border from Italys Friuli region. The winery has been operating since the 1700s and since 1820 has been passed through the generations of one family. Zimmerman believes the winemaker at Movia, Ales Kristancic, is one of the most remarkable people in the business. His methods of biodynamic viticulture are practiced worldwide. The Movia wines are rich, luscious, and exotic and will pair well with full flavored savory dishes, Zimmerman said. The Ribolla I will be serving is complex and might be likened to a hypothetical crossing of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.A burgundy wine is next on the lineup.Local business owner, David Courtney, of Beaver Liquors, has one of the most sophisticated Burgundy palates I have ever encountered, Furtado said. Courtney will pair one of his favorites with roasted salmon, wild mushrooms, and winter vegetables. Burgundy wines are the kings of the wine world, Courtney said. They are indigenous with their sense of place, and to know its people helps you to know its wines. Multi-layered and multi-faceted, burgundies continue to intrigue those who love them with each new vintage. For the fourth course, another local wine expert, Pollyanna Forster will introduce her proprietary wine label Muse. Forster owns Edwards based Eat! Drink! Dish. Cut., a unique specialty food concept including a wine shop, cheese and gourmet shop, small plates restaurant, and gourmet butcher shop. Her experience includes certificate level sommelier status, years of restaurant customer service and now her own label wines. Her Muse label started with Cava Brut, a California sparkler, and she has recently expanded the line to include several reds. She will open her Muse Cabernet Sauvignon to pair with dry-aged beef.With dessert, master sommelier Doug Krenik of Southern Wine and Spirits is serving Kracher Cuvee Beerenauslese 2006, which is a refined match for rosemary-infused panna cotta with fresh berries. Too often the grand finale dessert pairing can be overwhelming, Krenik said. I love the gentle, elegant finish and the combination of sweet and savory in dessert. The pure flavors shine through without being heavy.The five-course dinner, including wine pairings, welcome reception and discussion with the five master wine personalities, is priced at $150 per person plus tax and gratuity. View menus at http://www.larkspurvail.com. The welcome reception is at 7 p.m. and the dinner will start at 7:30 p.m. Larkspur is located in the Golden Peak Lodge at 458 Vail Valley Drive in Vail. Complimentary valet parking will be provided. For reservations, call 970-754-8050.

What: Colorado Wine Personalities Dinner (five-course dinner with wine pairings)Where: Larkspur Restaurant, VailWhen: Friday. Welcome reception at 7 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m.Cost: $150 per person, plus tax and gratuityMore information: Call 970-754-8050. View menus at http://www.larkspurvail.com.


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