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

Get to Know Carlton

This posting came from a blog post by C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program). Our young and dapper assistant wine director, Carlton McCoy, received a scholarship from the organization which allowed him to pursue an education in the culinary arts.  C-CAP Alum, Carlton McCoy Class of 2002, Anacostia High School, District of Columbia It was… Read more

Summer Wine Picks from a Master

Wondering what to pour and enjoy this summer? We’ve asked our wine team what they are drinking as the weather turns warm, and we’ll be sharing their answers with you this month on the blog. First up: Two great picks from Master Sommelier Sabato Sagaria.  Txomin Etxaniz, Getariako Txakolina, Spain Don’t be afraid of all… Read more

Wine in the Workplace

Wine in the Workplace I was in a colleague’s office recently and was admiring the nice collection of wine that he had received as gifts. Unfortunately, he was storing them on his top shelf where they were subject to heat and light. (You never want to expose your wine to the elements like this!) I… Read more

Spring Wine Picks

Whether you celebrate spring with a family feast of ham, lamb or cabbage and carrots, here are 5 great wines to enjoy!  2007 Schramsberg “Blanc de Blancs.”  A terrific domestic sparkling wine. Great with oysters or on its own. 2010 Lewis Cellars Chardonnay, Napa.  A full-bodied and delicious chardonnay that’s great with matzoh ball soup… Read more

Thanksgiving in Heels

We asked Assistant Food and Beverage Director Vilma Mazaite, the advanced sommelier behind Aspen’s new Wine in Heels program, what she recommended pouring on Thanksgiving. Not a huge fan of Thanksgiving food (which may explain her tiny waistline), Vilma is all about the wine! Here are her top three picks: Willm, Riesling, Alsace, France 2010… Read more

Thanksgiving Wine Tips

Give Thanks. Drink Wine.  When it comes to the turkey day, I reach for red wine to conquer the wide array of flavors and personalities thrown at you. Something that lacks oak and is fruit-driven can take the blows a long holiday can bring. The 2009 vintage was very warm in France, producing wines that… Read more

Winter Wine Tips

The Little Nell Wine Director, Master Sommelier Jonathan Pullis, is an avid explorer of wine from around the world. He shares his latest musings on what to drink now when the snow is starting to fall… As the weather gets colder and the snow begins to fly in Aspen (we just received another 8 or so inches… Read more

Pairing Wine and Cheese – Gorgonzola

October is American Cheese Month — a time when we celebrate delicious and diverse cheeses and the farmers, cheesemakers, retailers, cheesemongers and chefs who bring them to your table. Here at The Little Nell, we celebrate local cheese by serving cheeses from the Avalanche Cheese Company, made in nearby Basalt, and we also love to pair cheese with delicious wines…. Read more

Pairing Wine and Cheese – Parmigiano

  October is American Cheese Month — a time when we celebrate delicious and diverse cheeses and the farmers, cheesemakers, retailers, cheesemongers and chefs who bring them to your table. Here at The Little Nell, we celebrate local cheese by serving cheeses from the Avalanche Cheese Company, made in nearby Basalt, and we also love to pair cheese with… Read more