Aspen local Jonathan Pullis, a master sommelier and general manager at Chefs Club, gives us the insider scoop on one of the biggest food festivals in the country.
Jonathan Pullis, master Ssommelier and general manager of the new Chefs Club.
The annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen offers a multitude of activities—especially for oenophiles. The tastings and seminars alone can leave your head spinning. New Chefs Club general manager and master sommelier Jonathan Pullis shares with us the inside track to this year’s incredible lineup.
1. Start the festival off on the right foot. Get up and run for a great cause. Join Bobby Flay and a bevy of chefs and sommeliers at 7 a.m. for a 5K run, which benefits Wholesome Wave.
2. Since you’ve gotten your exercise, you deserve to celebrate. Join master sommelier Shayn Bjornholm for his 10 a.m. Showstopping Champagne seminar. Just the tasting you need to replenish your lost fluids.
3. On Friday at 2 p.m., join master sommelier Richard Betts for his blind tasting seminar. Always a worthwhile exercise, great data, and fun to “stump the chump.”
4. To get a truly unique perspective on Aspen, join Aspen Paragliding for a flight above town! Yes, you should jump off Aspen Mountain with a professional pilot and soar above town. You will have 45 minutes or so to enjoy the view, so don’t forget to bring your favorite wine from the blind tasting.
5. Aspen had an epic winter and our rivers are raging. Start Saturday morning right and book a rafting trip down the Roaring Fork River. By the time you pass Slaughterhouse Bridge, you will be wide awake and sober.
6. On Saturday at 2 p.m., master sommelier Bobby Stuckey leads a grenache/garnacha seminar. You will surely enjoy this often overlooked and under appreciated varietal.
7. The Grand tasting on Sunday from 12-2:30 p.m. is not to be missed. Then head directly to the Grand Cochon event at the Hotel Jerome 3-6 p.m. for all things pork!