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Vail Daily review: Sierra Nevada seasonal reason to celebrate

Vail Daily staff reportsVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail Daily reviews says Sierra Nevada's seasonal Celebration Ale is rich and robust from start to finish
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Sierra Nevada Celebration starts with an aroma that reminds us of winter. Rich and robust from start to finish, this beer can warm the soul of anyone who loves winter in the Rockies. Celebration Ale is brewed with a full helping of thick English caramel and two row pale malts, then they add a bundle of bitter Chinook hops, followed by Cascade and Centennial hops as a finish. Together, these produce a beer suitable for cold days and long nights. The technique of dry-hopping is used where the hops are added to the wort after the boil, which significantly increases the hops character of the aroma and flavor of the final beer, without increasing the bitterness. Once in a glass, this brew displays a lightly hazed amber color, accompanied by a thick frothy head that slowly settles, leaving rings on the mug. The first sip and your palate will pick up grapefruit citrus hops followed by a malty sweetness. The transition from that bitter citrus hop to a slight sweetness lends to the complexity of this brew. Celebration Ale pairs well with hearty meals. Prime rib, lamb and strong cheeses. Even rich pasta dishes and stews all work with Celebration’s huge aromas and intricate flavors. With 6.8 percent alcohol content, this beer can surely hold its own. Winter in the mountains is reason to celebrate. What better way to enjoy yourself than with a Sierra Nevada Celebration?You can find this beer at West Vail Liquor Mart, Avon Liquor, Eagle Ranch Wine & Spirits, Riverwalk Wine & Spirits in Edwards, Beaver Liquors and Alpine Wine & Spirits in West Vail. – Chris Kormanicki, West Vail Liquor Mart

A lot can be said about Perrin & Fils and I have yet to taste a wine I haven’t absolutely loved from this Southern Rhone producer. Their site covers harvest notes, their wine making process, and talks about the various wines they make. It’s a really cool look at the details of this producer, especially if you can’t make the trip out to the promised land. They, of course, make the ever famous Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape, but if you are a little hard up for $80 of disposable income, they make plenty of killer wines that might fall in line with your budget. So let’s get on to one of them, the 2007 Perrin & Fils Cotes Du Rhone Villages.I have to throw this in – 2007 is the best vintage in the Southern Rhone region in 30 years. Even the inexpensive wines are magical. This is a blend of 50 percent Syrah and 50 percent Grenache, typical for the Cotes du Rhone: Very pure, with gorgeous plum, raspberry, licorice and black cherry aromas and flavors laced with enticing spice, graphite and violet notes. It’s deliciously light-medium bodied, with just a touch of wood, and a long, very silky and slightly spicy finish, which I think makes this wine an easy choice whenever you need to satisfy a lot of different tastes at dinner with a red wine.In the Southern Rhone summers, you’ll often get Cotes du Rhone served chilled. Try it and see what you think. I’d pair this with a blackened or grilled heavier fish, chicken, and certainly most red meats, except for the heavier elk and buffalo dishes. It’s an easy pairing with almost any cheese, a great universal companion with whatever you might happen to have at the time. Enjoy!You can find this wine at Avon Liquor, Eagle Ranch Wine & Spirits, West Vail Liquor Mart and Beaver Liquors.- Kevin Lawrence, Avon Liquor


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