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Carolyn Pope
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VAIL – Vail Valley Wine Auction volunteer Beverly DeMoss leaves nothing to chance.

Shortly before the guests at the event were served their dinners, each course accompanied by a selected wine, Bev opened and tasted every bottle to be served. That’s what you call attention to detail.The event is acquiring that reputation; nothing is left to chance. When you’re auctioning off bottles of wine for hundreds of dollars to knowledgeable wine connoisseurs, you can’t afford to serve someone a bottle that’s turned.

DeMoss, of Riverwalk Wine and Spirits, is one of the experts in the field and a member of the board of directors of the annual event. She worked tirelessly on the event along with Executive Director Jana Morgan, Executive Chef Rick Kangas, and Terry Cohen, who chaired the silent auction. The event is in its eighth year, and was held at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. The evening was truly a collector’s and connoisseur’s dream as five of Vail’s master chefs created individual courses each paired with a brilliant wine.



DeMoss, of Riverwalk Wine and Spirits, is one of the experts in the field and a member of the board of directors of the annual event. She worked tirelessly on the event along with Executive Director Jana Morgan, Executive Chef Rick Kangas, and Terry Cohen, who chaired the silent auction. The event is in its eighth year, and was held at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. The evening was truly a collector’s and connoisseur’s dream as five of Vail’s master chefs created individual courses each paired with a brilliant wine.

Eberle Winery, Chalk Hill, Stone’s Throw, Penfolds and Caol Ila Single Malt Scotch provided the libations for the evening, which accompanied some very creative courses, including poached Australian barramundi by Thomas Newsted of the Game Creek Club; a triple tartar from Sean Cavanaugh of Ocotillo at Marriott; a “dueling beef” prepared by Paul Ferzacca of La Tour; a bleu cheese tartlet from Kelly Liken; and a tart cherry and apple upside-down ginger cake by Allana Smith of Larkspur.



The Vail Valley Wine Auction raises funds to serve the less fortunate and to encourage education to preserve our valley’s future. Recipients of the proceeds are Colorado Restaurant Association Education Fund, Colorado Mountain College Scholarship Fund, Rotary Scholarship Fund and the Family Learning Center. Gold sponsors included Hermes Custom Homes, Riverwalk Wine & Spirits, Spark Creative, West Vail Liquor Mart and the Vail Daily. For more information on the Vail Valley Wine Auction, visit their Web site at http://www.vailwineauction.com.

Former Eagle Valley resident and Eagle Valley High School graduate Patrick Kohl is in a Boulder hospital following brain surgery. His parents, Janet and Tom Kohl, are by his side. Janet is a former employee of Eagle County.On Jan. 7 a fundraiser will be held at the Eagle County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. The theme isn’t quite set yet, but it sounds like a Cajun dinner and entertainment will be in store. Save the date and help out a local! Cards can be sent to Patrick and the Kohl family at Boulder Community Hospital, 1100 Balsam, Boulder, CO 80301-9019, or to Bob Vine, 11123 W. Fremont Place, Littleton, CO, 80127. Patrick doesn’t have medical insurance, so donations are being accepted at both Alpine and Wells Fargo Banks. Send checks to “Patrick Kohl Benefit”, c/o Alpine Bank, PO Box 81637, Gypsum, CO 81637 or to Wells Fargo at PO Box 567, Eagle, CO 81631.Vail, Colorado


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