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

Vote for element 47 in the James Beard Awards

The countdown to the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards is underway. Considered the Oscars of the American restaurant world, the Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. They awards cover all aspects of the industry—from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers… 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

Special Wine Dinners at element 47

Oh have we got a winter lineup for you. Little Nell Wine Director Carlton McCoy and Food & Beverage Director Sabato Sagaria like to share spectacular wine and food, so they’ve arranged a series of special wine dinners throughout the winter season in Aspen. These meals are about exploring, learning and above all, having fun…. Read more

Tequila Bar? Yes Please!

Ever thought of kicking things up with a tequila bar at your next event? Don’t be afraid… Sommelier Carlton McCoy (a tequila connoisseur) recently created one for an event at The Little Nell and has these tips for you.  What kind of party/event would you recommend have a tequila bar?   Weddings are probably the best… 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

Pairing Wine and Cheese – A Primer

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