Say “Bienvenue” to The Nell’s exclusive Cuvée Champagne

For the past five years, our Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy has partnered with a Champagne House in France to produce a cuvée wine, exclusively available at The Little Nell. In 2016, Carlton collaborated with Maison Bérêche et Fils for this special release, a pinot noir-based brut reserve blend. Just 80 cases were produced, which arrived… Read more

The Experts’ Guide to the FOOD & WINE Classic [Q&A]

This is an excerpt from a post on Aspen Skiing Company’s blog, in anticipation of The FOOD & WINE Classic that’s just around the corner (June 17–19, 2016). While it is easily the most prestigious annual event for foodies and wine connoisseurs in the United States, it is also the most fun. For three days,… Read more

A Week Before the Wedding in Aspen

The RSVPs are in, the menu is finalized, and the vows written (hopefully). It’s one week before the wedding, and time to start enjoying the build-up with some downtime. Make sure to leave enough room for all the proper pampering, and then kick off the celebrations Aspen-style. Here’s our week before the wedding planning guide… Read more

Events During The FOOD & WINE Classic That Don’t Require a Pass

If you’re visiting Aspen June 16 – 19, but don’t have a pass to the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, you’re in luck! There is a bevy of events that don’t require a pass to attend. Here are our 10 picks for free parties, extravagant dinners and more. THURSDAY, JUNE 16 10 pm – 1:30… Read more

The 10 Master Somms That Make Up The Nell’s Wine Legacy

The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in April 1977 to encourage improved standards of beverage service, particularly wine + food pairing, in hotels and restaurants. In honor of the Master Sommelier Diploma Exams held this week at The Nell, we’re taking a look back at all 10 Master Sommeliers, from first to most recent,… Read more

5 Not-So-Basic Champagne Cocktails

Following along with the philosophy that champagne doesn’t need to be saved for a “special” occasion, Aspen Peak magazine recently rounded up a list of favorite bubbly cocktails. The one common theme for this group of après-ski drinks in Aspen – each is made with champagne. Aspen Peak’s Top Five Not-So-Basic Champagne Cocktails List includes:… Read more

UNCORKED & UNPLUGGED

Master Sommelier is more than just a title; it’s a badge of honor, and to earn it you need to be a wine expert in mind, body, and spirit – an achievement measured by passing one of the world’s most difficult exams. For those who pass, admittance is gained into a club with fewer than… Read more

Easter Sunday at The Nell

Guests hopped on over to The Nell for Easter Sunday on March 27. Element 47 offered brunch from 11:30 am with an expanded buffet featuring carving stations, made-to-order omelets by Fredy and his team, fresh pastries and fruit, a juice and smoothie bar and more. At 1 pm, the younger set gathered in the courtyard… Read more

A Mountaintop Gathering in Aspen

An excerpt from a blog by The Venue Report, a digital media company who promotes the age old tradition of gathering. As venue aficionados, they collectively have more than 30 years of combined experience in event design & production, not counting the amazing industry professional correspondents experience. They spent a spring weekend at The Nell,… Read more

An Evening with Delphine Laborde of Veuve Clicquot

Born in Reims, France, home to the renowned Champagne House Veuve Clicquot, one could say Delphine Laborde was destined to a life amidst the vines. Now a winemaker for Maison Veuve Clicquot, Laborde’s first memories in Reims trace back to being in the vineyards and among those working in the industry. She studied at AgroParisTech,… Read more