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ASPEN, CO (October, 2013) -- This winter The Little Nell, Aspen's Five Star/Five Diamond destination hotel, will debut its most intimate epicurean experience to date with private tastings in the property’s 20,000 bottle wine cellar. 

“Basically, it’s a wine geek’s dream,” said 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, stored and aged wines for our guests since 1989.” 

Upon making a reservation, guests will receive a consultation with McCoy, who will ascertain likes and dislikes and come up with a theme for the tasting. 

“If you like Burgundy, it will be a Grand Cru flight, and if wines from Spain that make you happy, we’ll assemble some amazing riojas,” McCoy explained. Guests may explore a special vintage, favorite region or desired producer, or they may simply leave it up to one of the property’s master sommeliers to create a surprise experience.

 Executive Chef Robert McCormick will build a selection of family-style snacks to accompany the tasting, including house-made charcuterie, local cheeses and other light bites. The pairings will be served on a hand-crafted table made from Colorado beetle-killed pine and vintage wine barrels.   

The personalized evening inside the hotel’s Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine cellar is custom pricing. The cellar may accommodate tastings for up to six people at a time. 

The hotel’s new signature restaurant element 47 opened in December, 2012. The restaurant is a redesigned and refreshed space which formerly housed Montagna Restaurant. Element 47 will continue to host a series of special wine dinners for larger groups of guests in the restaurant this season, including harvest dinners and “The First Growths of Bordeaux.” A full list of offerings can be found here: http://thelittlenell.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/special-wine-dinners-at-element-47/.   

Cosmopolitan yet intimate, contemporary yet timeless, The Little Nell invites guests to experience Aspen’s only ski-in/ski out legendary hotel and the newly opened element 47 restaurant. A Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond property, The Little Nell offers luxury services and unparalleled access to America's most famous mountain town. For more information, and for reservations, call 888-The-Nell (888-843-6355) or visit www.thelittlenell.com.    


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