Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

The Food & Classic in Aspen celebrates 33 years of fine wine, cuisine, Grand Tastings, seminars, socializing and more this weekend. Starting Thurs., June 19, The Nell will be teeming with formal and informal gatherings (from the restaurants to the living room to the stairwells), eccentric events (think pop-up concession carts and Champagne toasts), winemaker… Read more

Simon’s Top Summer Traditions

Summertime in Aspen unleashes an abundance of activities that appeal to all. We asked our Managing Director, Simon Chen, for his personal take on the best cultural, social and athletic endeavors in store this season. Q: The Food & Wine Classic is right around the corner – June 19 – 21 – how would you… Read more

“The Magnificent Seven” – 2015’s New Master Sommeliers

For four years in a row, The Little Nell has proudly played host to the annual Master Sommelier exam presented by the Court of Master Sommeliers. With ten Master Somms who have come through The Little Nell since its inception, and Aspen resident Jay Fletcher, MS, as an integral member of the program who helps… Read more

Nick Barb Passes the Advanced Sommelier Exam

The Little Nell is thrilled to share the news from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Our very own Nick Barb of element 47 has passed the grueling Advanced Sommelier exam, held in April 2015. Nick shares his insights into this distinction and the work involved to reach this crowning achievement. The Little Nell: Tell us… Read more

Q + A with Carlton McCoy

Andy Duvine, an adventurer, wine connoisseur, ambitious cyclist, and curious traveler first met Carlton McCoy, resident Sommelier and Wine Director at The Little Nell in Aspen, in 2012. That’s the year Duvine began bringing guests to the hotel for a USA Pro Cycling Colorado Bike Tour and the two became fast friends. Following is an… Read more

Introducing Essencia at element 47

New to The Little Nell’s dinner menu at element 47 is a special treat offered as a digestif. For your final course of the evening, enjoy Essencia dessert wine served by the spoon, and complemented by a canapé from Pastry Chef Curtis Cameron. The rarest dessert wine in the world, Essencia comes from the Tokaji… Read more

Winter Wine Dinners – Save The Date

Wine Dinners are one of the highlights of our program here at element 47. Here’s just a sneak peek into some of the upcoming winter wine dinners – be sure to save the date! Sandhi + Domaine – November 23 – 8 p.m. at element 47 In a dinner hosted by Rajat Parr, leading authority… Read more

An Evening with Cristom Vineyards

For the past 20 years Cristom Vineyards has been one of the pioneers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Wine Director Carlton McCoy says these are some of the best Pinot Noir-based wines outside of Burgundy. On Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., element 47 will highlight aged wines from Cristom Vineyards at an intimate dinner with Winemaker Steve Doener…. Read more

Wine Tasting in the Cellar

This winter we’re debuting our most intimate epicurean experience to date with private tastings in our 20,000 bottle wine cellar. “Basically, it’s a wine geek’s dream,” says Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy and the new wine director at The Little Nell. “This isn’t some hokey, pretend wine cellar. This is our ‘wine dungeon’ where we’ve worked,… Read more

Sip with SOMM

Join Aspen Film and the Aspen Young Professionals Association for a screening of the film SOMM, the riveting documentary of four sommeliers attempting to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam. Dubbed “the hardest test in the world,” hopeful wine professionals prepare years for a 25-minute blind taste test, an oral theory exam and a practical… Read more