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

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

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

Pimm’s Cup

As the weather starts to warm in Aspen (kind of…), nothing beats a Pimm’s on a patio. Any patio! The British beverage is delicious and is incredibly easy to mix for a crowd-pleaser of a cocktail. Here’s Food & Beverage Director Sabato Sagaria’s recipe for this treat: Beverage 2 oz Pimm’s 6 oz sparkling lemonade… Read more

Wine Pairing with the Oscar Nominees

We had to share this fun post from SOMM Documentary Film on Facebook. SOMM is an upcoming feature documentary chronicling one of the hardest exams in the world – the Master Sommelier Exam. Filmed in six countries over two years, the film includes our very own Food and Beverage Director Sabato Sagaria as he wrestles with… Read more

Summer in a Glass

Sabato Sagaria is the food and beverage director at The Little Nell in Aspen. He has worn several hats during his career as cook, restaurant manager, professor, author and most recently, master sommelier. He’s currently spreading the summer cocktail gospel to the masses… I fell in love with aperitifs on a trip to Fruili, Italy…. 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