Four-course Moro Spanish wine dinner at La Tour in Vail on Tuesday, Oct. 20 |

Four-course Moro Spanish wine dinner at La Tour in Vail on Tuesday, Oct. 20

Jose “Nacho” Ignacio Andres Benito.
Special to the Daily |

If you go …

What: Moro Spanish wine dinner.

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Where: La Tour, 122 E. Meadow Drive, Vail Village.

Cost: $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

More information: Reservations are recommended. Call 970-476-4403, or reserve online at

Moro Spanish wine dinner menu

• First course: organic field greens and toasted haystack mountain chevre, with Belgian endive, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, cranberries and whole-grain mustard vinaigrette, paired with NV Castellroig Brut Cava.

• Second course: Aleppo chili and maple-glazed pork belly, with butternut ravioli, candied walnut, dried cranberries and ginger snap, paired with 2013 Hito C21 Ribera del Duero.

• Third course: black angus petit filet medallions, with duck fat potatoes, sea salt roasted carrots and parsnips, horseradish cream, micro celery and braised short rib madeira sauce, paired with 2011 Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero.

• Dessert: warm apple date pecan pudding cake, with hot butter cognac sauce, pecan tuile and creme Chantilly, paired with Spanish coffee: Patron XO Café Dark Cocoa with whipped cream.

VAIL — International wine professional Jose “Nacho” Ignacio Andres Benito will host a Moro Spanish wine dinner at La Tour restaurant in Vail Village today at 7:30 p.m. Benito will pour NV Castellroig Brut Cava, 2013 Hito C21 Ribera del Duero and 2011 Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero.

“Nacho, who has been with this company for so long, is traveling around the country right now and he’s kind of a character, so since he was coming into Vail, we thought, why not try to do a dinner with him?” said La Tour chef-owner Paul Ferzacca “My sommelier really loves Spanish wines, so it works out great.”

Sommelier Ian Gray will pair each wine with autumn cuisine prepared by Ferzacca. To create the menu for a wine-pairing dinner, the duo often tastes the wine together prior to the event, Ferzacca said.

“When you’ve been in the business for 35 years and you have an advanced sommelier who’s been doing it for as long as he’s been doing it, him and I talking together, we can come up with what’s going to be a good pairing,” he said. “I’m also a certified sommelier, so when you taste as much wine as we taste, you can pretty much know what to pair with any particular wine.”

Reservations are recommended for the dinner, which includes three courses with wine pairings, plus dessert with Spanish coffee, for $60, plus tax and gratuity.

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