Larkspur welcomes Colorado master sommeliers |

Larkspur welcomes Colorado master sommeliers

Daily Staff ReportVail CO, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado When Larkspur sommelier Kevin Furtado learned that two Colorado master sommeliers would be in Vail to promote their wine-making ventures, he intuitively knew they would love to be part of Wine University. The timing worked out for Richard Betts of Betts and Scholl Wines and Bobby Stuckey of Boulders Frasca to participate as guest speakers Thursday.The Master Sommelier Diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers is the ultimate professional credential in the wine and spirits services industry. This title is held by only 94 individuals in the United States and just more than 100 worldwide.Bobby Stuckey received this prestigious distinction in 2004 and as co-owner of Frasca he works the dining room nightly, enthusiastically offering suggestions and sharing his passion for wine with guests. The restaurant has won numerous awards including Wine Spectators Grand Award and Gourmets Best Wine Service Award.Stuckeys newest venture, in conjunction with Frasca partner Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and long time friend and colleague Richard Betts, is an Italian label named Scarpetta.Richard Betts and his business partner Dennis Scholl make wines using different grapes from a variety of countries. The Betts & Scholl line up includes a syrah from Napa Valley, a hermitage (both rouge and blanc) from France, and a riesling, grenache and shiraz from Australia. Betts was formerly the sommelier at Montagna at the Little Nell in Aspen. His extensive wine knowledge, unpretentious attitude and Master Sommelier accreditation helped to build one of the most exciting wine lists in Colorado.

Wine University at Larkspur on Thursday, August 14 will feature a tasting of the wines of Scarpetta and Betts & Scholl. The seminar begins at 6 p.m.; price is $40 per person. Seating is limited; for reservations call 970-754-8050.

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