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Grape juice and campfire tales

Wren WertinVail, CO, Colorado
Kevin Furtado/Special to the Daily

Some campers sit around the campfire, singing songs and telling ghost stories. Others wander through vineyards, talk terrior and throw back hundreds of slugs of vino. Pollyanna Forster, co-owner of Eat!, Drink! and Dish, and Kevin Furtado, sommelier/wine director at Larkspur, are in the latter camp. The duo attend Oregon Pinot Camp in June, and they want to share the good news with Eagle County. Theyre hosting an Oregon Pinot Camp dinner at Dish in Edwards Sunday evening at 6 p.m.

Kevin and I went to pinot camp, said Forster. And we said to each other, Wouldnt it be so great if we could re-live this and share it with our customers?And so they are. The event kicks off with passed apps and sparkling wines. A short film about the Oregon wine culture will be playing on one wall. People can drift around, watching or talking at will. Soon after, everyone will take their seats for a four-course meal, paired to the hilt.The thing about pinot camp is you got to taste such a multitude of wines in a short amount of time, but learn so much about them in depth, Forster explained. Instead of a traditional wine dinner, which pairs one wine per course, well be serving four, five, or six glasses with each one.The winemaking culture in Oregon is young and progressive, Furtado said. Theres a lot of talking about sustainability and the environment.Forster and Furtado envision a free-form evening, rife with information, wine and conversation. Instead of having an army of glasses in front of each plate, there will only be a couple. People will taste two wines, talk about them, and then dump the dregs (if they can bear to waste a single drop) in a bucket in the center of the table. They will be magically refilled with another selection, 25 in all. Dish chef Jenna Johansen has created a menu with Oregon-centric ingredients. Additionally, all the wines poured will be from Oregon, though theyre not limited to pinots. The Oregon wine culture is young, fresh, interesting and diverse, said Forster. And I think this dinner will convey that.Cost is $100 per person, not including tax and gratuity. For more information, contact the restaurant at 926-3433 or visit

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