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Wear red, drink red, see red

Carolyn Pope

VAIL – The board of the Vail Valley Wine Auction upped the fun factor from former years, adding levity and visibility to the annual event.On Friday, November 19, the auction was launched with a new twist, an evening of festivity at Larkspur in Vail that paid patronage to the color red. Executive Director Barbara Duncan and her volunteers swathed the windows in red chiffon, threw in some ruby roses, swapped the clear bulbs in the sconces with garnet and a new light was cast on the event.Guests arrived decked in red, from full-length gowns to leather pants, to join the celebration. “We wanted to add a splash of fun to the weekend,” Duncan said. “Our goal was to be more inclusive and widen the scope of guests. Of course, we hope to get more people involved in education in our valley, which was the focus of our fund raising this year.”It didn’t matter what your preference, from pinots to cabernets, meritage and malbéc, there was grape to satisfy any palate. Assisted by Larkspur sommelier Kevin Furtado, Troy Edwards and Glenn Wiedermere of National Distributing provided an eclectic and expansive selection of wine for all to taste Larkspur furnished a spread of appetizers, cheeses and desserts that would have satisfied even Henry VIII’s gluttonous court.Blues Fuse from Aspen provided the music at what may well become the kick-off event each year. For more information regarding the Vail Valley Wine Auction, visit their Web site at https://antero.colorado.net/vailwineauction/ or call 926-3002.Vail, Colorado