Steadman Hawkins to host the third annual Winter Wine Festival |

Steadman Hawkins to host the third annual Winter Wine Festival

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VAIL – In its third year, the annual Winter Wine Festival, presented by Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation, will feature wines from “blue chip” vintner H. William Harlan of Harlan Estate and cuisine prepared by local chef Thomas Salamunovich, owner of Larkspur restaurant in Vail. Participants will meet for First Light, First Tracks at the Vista Bahn ski lift at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday to start the event with a morning ski on Vail Mountain before the lifts open to the general public. Those participating will also receive a free breakfast at Two Elk Lodge from 9-10:30 a.m. The Winter Wine Festival begins at 6:30 p.m. at Larkspur restaurant, located at the base of Vail Mountain at Golden Peak. The evening will begin with first and second courses paired with DR Stephens Chardonnay 2002 and The Napa Valley Reserve 2000. The entrée, veal shank with Beluga Lentils, will be served with Bond “St. Eden” 2001 and the cheese course will be served with Harlan Estate 1997. “The 1997 Harlan Estate is one of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines I have ever tasted,” said Robert Parker, wine critic for The Wine Advocate.”This is a dream come true for me,” said Kevin Furtado, sommelier at Larkspur. “Bill Harlan is to California wine making what the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation is to orthopedic research. He brought the world California ‘cult cabernets’. In my 12 years in this business, I’ve never even been able to taste the wines that we are pouring at this event, let alone serve them.” Organizers of the festival said that The Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation chooses vintners that represent the values of it’s organization – excellence and lifestyle enhancement.”Having Bill Harlan personally present his wines in our valley is an honor. Harlan Estate’s commitment to their wine is representative of the commitment to excellence that Steadman-Hawkins Research Foundation, WestStar Bank and Larkspur offer to those they serve,” said Norm Waite, president and chief executive officer of The Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation. Proceeds from the Winter Wine Festival will go to The Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation to be used for research in determining the causes and developing treatment for degenerative arthritis. The Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization based in Vail. The foundation seeks to keep people physically active late into life through pioneering orthopedic research and education. For more information about The Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation, visit Wine and dineSteadman Hawkins’ Winter Wine Festival6:30 p.m. SaturdayLarkspur restaurant in Golden PeakFor more information, visit, Colorado

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