Wine tasting at Game Creek in Vail, Jan. 31 |

Wine tasting at Game Creek in Vail, Jan. 31

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyJoe Ward, with Conde Nast Traveler, will host a wine tasting at Game Creek Restaurant in Vail on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.

VAIL, Colorado “Vail Mountain and Conde Nast Traveler will host a wine-tasting at Game Creek Restaurant on Jan. 31.

Joe Ward, Conde Nast’s senior wine correspondent, will host the event for 50 select attendees. The tasting will start at 6 p.m. and will feature five pre-selected wines and hors d’oeuvres. Ward will offer his expertise to attendees by highlighting specific aspects of the wine and food throughout the evening.

Five wines have been selected by Ward and the sommelier at Game Creek for Thursday’s event. Upon arrival, guests will be served an N.V. Billecard Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne.

After light hors d’oeuvres, guests will sample a 2005 Riesling Schlossberg Grand Cru, a white wine from the French Alsace region. Next, a South Pacific White wine will be served and discussed: the 2003 Chardonnay Kumeu River.

Ward will then transition into two French Rhone-region red wines. The first will be a 2003 Peay Syrah and the second a 2000 St. Joseph Les Lauves.

With each wine, Ward will lead a 15 to 20 minute interactive discussion covering the wine’s history, taste and quality. Heavier hors d’oeuvres will be distributed at the end of the event, with a cheese table and additional bar available throughout the evening.

The wine tasting will be held in the main dining room of Game Creek Restaurant. Located on Vail Mountain at an altitude of 10,000 feet, Game Creek features a fusion of an American-French style of cooking with regional and seasonal ingredients.

All wine and food served at the wine tasting is also available at the restaurant during dinner. Game Creek Restaurant serves dinner to the public throughout the ski season from Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

For more information about Game Creek Restaurant, visit

Reservations are currently available for the wine tasting and will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are $65. Attendees with confirmed reservations are asked to board the Eagle Bahn Gondola at 5:30 p.m. in order to arrive at Game Creek Restaurant at 6 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 970-479-4275.

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