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Vail wines will debut Thursday

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Special to the Vail DailyHarvest of Syrah grapes for wine made by Kevin Furtado, wine director of Larkspur restaurant in Vail, Colorado
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VAIL, Colorado -“Whatever will be, will be,” said Kevin Furtado, wine director for Larkspur Restaurant in Vail, Colorado. “After two years of growing the grapes, harvesting them, making the wine, cellaring it, and finally bottling and labeling it, the time has come to see how people like it.””I’m anxious,” he said. “On the one hand, I’m excited to finally release the finished product, and on the other hand to see how it stacks up against the competition.” A long time Vail wine personality, Furtado has been telling friends, Larkspur guests and industry colleagues about his winemaking project for the past two years. He has decided to release his two inaugural wines at this week’s Wine University on Thursday at 6:30pm. Attendees will be the first ones to try the K.Furtado Wines – the 2008 Ros of Syrah, McGinley Vineyard, and 2007 K.Furtado Syrah, Alisos & McGinley Vineyards. Both wines are made with grapes from Santa Barbara County, Calif.To add excitement to this sneak preview of his wines’ launch, Furtado has invited a few industry colleagues to select their favorite Syrahs and rose of Syrahs for a blind tasting and compare them with his own. “It’s a brave, but humble move,” Furtado said, “I think it’s the best way to see how these new wines will compare to established estates.”Furtado has produced 58 cases of the ’08 Ros and 188 cases of the ’07 Syrah. In the highly regulated wine industry, distribution must follow many channels. Furtado will first offer his wines for sale via a direct mailing list. He is in the process of choosing a wine distributor, so the K.Furtado brand can be made available in Colorado restaurants and retail stores this fall.Was this just a token project? “Absolutely not,” Furtado said. “I have found my true passion in winemaking. The next varietals will be grenache, grenache blanc, chardonnay and more Syrah, all from California. The winemaking business provides a lifetime of learning.”The cost of the class is $40 per person. For reservations, call 970-754-8050.For details on the entire Wine University syllabus, visit http://www.larkspurvail.com.


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