Larkspur in Vail hosts winemaker dinner |

Larkspur in Vail hosts winemaker dinner

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado ” In a special addition to the summer-long Wine University series, Larkspur Restaurant will host a winemaker dinner on Saturday.

Canyon Wind Cellars of Palisade, a leader of the emerging Colorado wine industry, will present 10 of its estate wines. Larkspur chef Armando Navarro’s local harvest selections will be transformed into a multi-course dinner to pair with the wines.

Winemaker Jay Christianson of Canyon Wind Cellars will be in attendance to speak about the food and wine pairings, along with his family’s commitment to producing the finest wines in this region.

“We work towards growing grapes as a sustainable Colorado crop, and making fine wines to support the local economy, doing our part to reduce the carbon footprint,” he said. “Now Coloradoans can enjoy locally produced wines that rival other famous wine producing areas.”

The grapes are grown on the Christianson’s estate vineyard, aptly named for the taste-enhancing crisp mountain breezes that keep the unique fruit cool under the hot summer sun. Christianson and his parents, along with Napa Valley’s esteemed Robert Pepi oversee the entire process, from growing the grapes to harvesting to making the wine to bottling and distributing ” all from the boutique winery in Palisade.

Kevin Furtado, Larkspur’s sommelier, is excited to share this event with all local wine lovers.

“Our summer Wine University series has been a tremendous success,” he said. “We are following the attendees’ requests for a complete dinner from which to learn more about the enjoyment of wine with food. Jay Christianson’s passion for his family’s craft is a perfect match.”

Navarro has recently joined the Larkspur team from the Napa Valley. He is pleased that Larkspur has relationships with local farmers and supports them on a daily basis. Crops are supplemented with an herb garden on the Larkspur grounds.

“The dinner on Saturday will be a bounty of the Colorado harvest,” Navarro said.

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