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Vail’s Restaurant Kelly Liken hosts ‘When Masters Unite’

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyLance Hanson, Colorado winemaker, spirit distiller, and 2012 James Beard award nominee for outstanding wine and spirits professional, visits Kelly Liken in Vail Friday.

On Friday, Restaurant Kelly Liken hosts its “When Masters Unite” winemaker dinner in conjunction with the Taste of Vail 2012. Chef Kelly Liken, who has appeared on Food Network’s “Iron Chef” and Bravo’s “Top Chef,” will present a five-course tasting menu paired with Jack Rabbit Hill wines and CapRock Spirits. “I can’t think of a more ideal pairing than the wine, spirits and food that all originate from the same earth and terroir within Colorado,” Liken said. “I enjoy discovering the nuances in the food, wine and spirits that together bring the flavors and essence of Colorado to the table.”Colorado winemaker, spirit distiller and 2012 James Beard award nominee for outstanding wine and spirits professional Lance Hanson will make an appearance starting the evening with aperitif cocktails featuring the CapRock Organic Gin and CapRock Organic Vodka. Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a selection of passed appetizers to pair with each cocktail. The spirits are all certified organic, with water sourced from the “caprock” lava rock formations 20 miles from the distillery. The menu to follow will reflect the best market ingredients, and woven into each course will be a selection of Jack Rabbit Hill wine pairings. Showcasing his estate-grown, certified organic and biodynamic wines, Hanson will feature the 2011 Round Tower White, 2009 M & N and 2009 Barn Red from his 70-acre farm located in western Colorado’s North Fork Valley. Each have been thoughtfully paired with the menu as prepared by chef and owner Liken, which is entirely inspired by the Rocky Mountain region, featuring products and seasonal spring ingredients sourced from Colorado’s farmers and purveyors. Made from locally sourced, organic and biodynamic grapes, the wines reflect Colorado’s bourgeoning and versatile terroir. Throughout dinner, Hanson will highlight the intricate story behind the distilling process practiced at Peak Spirits, as well as provide insights on Colorado winemaking and the selections for the evening.

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