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Larkspur’s Vinoversity shines light on the venerable Bordeaux

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL ” Larkspur Restaurant’s Wine University continues this week studying the luxury of Bordeaux, France’s oldest growing region and producer of famous wines. The class begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday and will be hosted by sommelier Kevin Furtado and Bordeaux importer Tom Lane.

The history of Bordeaux dates back thousands of years, and it is often considered the mecca of the wine world. Its diversity of microclimates yields a multitude of distinct appellations, each unique in terms of terroir (soil content) and climate. As true Old World wines, Bordeaux are distinguishable by where the grapes are grown.

Wine University will discuss the appellations of Bordeaux, the ‘Crus Classes’ (or classed growths) and the historically famous chateaux. Six wines of recent vintages will be blind-tasted, allowing students to develop their tasting technique using all five senses. The increasing prices of recent vintage Bordeaux make these wines extravagant indulgences.

Next week in a special Wine University addendum, Larkspur bar manager Josh Stevenson will lead the “Magic of Mixology.” In this fun and amusing seminar, Stevenson will teach the mastery of cocktails for special occasions or anytime. Seating is limited.

Coming in August, Canyon Wind Cellars winemaker Jay Christianson will present his leading Colorado wines with a multi course dinner specially paired by executive chef Armando Navarro. The date and time of this additional Wine University event will be announced soon.

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What: Vinoversity with Larkspur sommelier Kevin Furtado

Where: Larkspur Restaurant, 458 Vail Valley Dr., Vail

When: 6 to 7 p.m., each Thursday through the end of August

Cost: $40 per person per class (including tax)

More information: Reservations required, space is limited. Call 970-479-8063 or email

Thursday: Recent vintages and rising prices ” Bordeaux

July 31: The magic of mixology ” cocktails

Aug. 7: A Syrah-bration ” from the Rhone, to the Barossa, to the Central Coast

Aug. 14: Food and wine pairings ” what are the rules?

Aug. 21: The Royal Family of Northern Italy ” Barolo and Barbaresco

Aug. 28: It’s is not just for celebrating ” the bubblies

Call 970-479-8063 or email to reserve a spot.

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