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Aspen, Colorado (March 24, 2014) – The Little Nell is honored to be named a 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards finalist for Outstanding Wine Program. The Little Nell is the only property in the state of Colorado to be named a finalist, and is in elite company with only four other restaurants in the nation in this category.

“This is an incredible honor and speaks to the long tradition of the wine culture here at The Little Nell, “ said Carlton McCoy, wine director, The Little Nell. “I am fortunate to have learned from the best, not only about wine, but about service and a passion to share with our guests.”

The James Beard Foundation Awards is the nation’s preeminent recognition program honoring professionals in the food and beverage industries. This year, close to 10,000 nominations were received for categories including Outstanding Restaurateur, Best New Restaurant, Outstanding Wine Program, Best New Chef, Best Chefs in America, Outstanding Service, Wine and Spirits Professional and more. The winners of this prestigious award will be announced May 5th, in New York.

“We are proud to be recognized as a finalist by The James Beard Foundation for this prestigious award,” said Simon Chen, general manager, The Little Nell. “It is a culmination of many years of hard work by our outstanding wine team, and a testament to their passion for excellence.”

The recipient of the Wine Spectator Grand Award for 19 straight years, The Little Nell's wine program is led by one of the world's 135 Master Sommeliers, and has achieved the remarkable feat of graduating 10 Master Sommeliers over the years, the most of any establishment in North America.

About The Little Nell

Cosmopolitan yet intimate, contemporary yet timeless, The Little Nell invites guests to experience Aspen’s only ski-in/ski out legendary hotel. For more information, and for reservations, call 888-The-Nell (888-843-6355) or visit www.thelittlenell.com.

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