Valley cuisine and Napa Valley wines join forces |

Valley cuisine and Napa Valley wines join forces

Daily Staff Writer

VAIL – Vail Valley cuisine join forces with two of the top Napa Valley wineries to craft an evening of food and wine at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.Held in conjunction with the 2004 Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation Colorado Classic, proceeds from this dinner will benefit the foundation’s research that is developing new procedures and methodology to prevent and battle degenerative arthritis, a condition that afflicts one in three Americans.Presented by WestStar Bank and scheduled to get under way at 6 p.m., the Colorado Evening will showcase the wines of Shafer Vineyards and Chappellet Winery in tandem with nine of the valley’s fine-dining restaurants, including the Beano’s Cabin, The French Press, Grouse Mountain Grill, Larkspur Restaurant, La Tour Restaurant, Remington’s at the Ritz, Splendido, Terra Bistro and The Wildflower.With vineyards situated in the Oak Knoll, Stags Leap and Carneros districts, Shafer Vineyards has grown from 1,000 cases in 1978 to its current production of 32,000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Syrah. The first Shafer Cabernet became a benchmark, winning the acclaimed San Francisco Vintners Club taste-off upon release.Winemaking at Chappellet is focused on capturing the expression of Pritchard Hill’s rugged terroir and intensity of fruit to create wines with great strength and finesse. Winemaker Phillip Corallo-Titus handles the grapes very gently, processing them as little as possible and uses fermentation and cellaring techniques to preserve the distinctiveness of Chappellet’s mountain fruit.”From a food and wine perspective, the evening promises to be a truly memorable experience,” said John McMurtry, director of development for the Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation. “The culinary offerings are bound to be superb, with the restaurants trying to outdo each other, while Shafer and Chappellet provide the perfect complement for each course.”A wide array of participation levels are associated with the Colorado Classic weekend, while individual tickets for Saturday’s Colorado Evening winemaker dinner are priced at $250 a piece.In addition to the fine dining and wine, Colorado Evening participants will have the opportunity to bid on “dreams of a lifetime” during the live and silent auctions. The 2004 Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation Colorado Classic will also feature the Colorado Classic Golf Tournament Monday at the Sonnenalp Golf Club at Singletree.To request an invitation or additional information on the 2004 Colorado Classic, contact Rachele Palmer at the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation at 479-5809 or visit, Colorado

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