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Wild West wine tasting a treat for parents

by Carolyn Pope Special to the Daily
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Wild West Day is a perennial favorite for families in town. Moms and dads gather up their little ones in their family vans and head to 4-Eagle Ranch for a day of kid’s games, face painting and hot dogs.The event benefits Eagle County’s eight public elementary schools.The organizers this year decided to add a “grown-up” event as a precursor to Wild West Day. This event – the “Wild Wine Tasting” – will hopefully be an annual event, said event chairwoman Johanna Barrows.”Terry really stepped forward to help,” said Barrows, referring to Terry Benedickt of Riverwalk Wine & Spirits.About 100 people hit the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek Thursday evening for an evening of “Wild Wine Tasting,” hosted by Riverwalk Wine & Spirits. Representatives from beverage distributors – including Classic Wines, Grand Vin, High Point Brewing, Midwest, National, Pinnacle and Southern Wine & Spirits -donated their goods, and they were really great goods, for the event.For those not enamored with the beverages of the grape variety, some fantastic alternatives were offered, including rich New Belgium 1554 Black Ale, a lighter New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsner, Red Stripe, and Sam Adams Double Bock.The guests were attired in fun western fashion, and sampled some 25 different wines. The event was a steal at $35 per person, which included sumptuous appetizers – including salmon tartar in puff pastry, baked brie and cold shrimp – served by Nancy and Mike Hanrahan of Cuisine Catering.The auction offered some exceptional wines, including a rare bottle of Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon, which sold for $400, and several 3-litre bottles, including a Beringer Cabernet, a Markham Merlot, a Pine Ridge Merlot Carneros Estate and a 1996 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape which sold for a cool $600.Spotted at the event: Wine lovers Margo and Paul Hields, Anne-Marie and Peter Hoskins, Ann and Charlie L’Esperance, along with school board members Louise Funk, Connie Kincaid-Strahan and Superintendent John Brendza.


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