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Aspen’s Little Nell Brings Wine and Winter Connoisseurs Together for Exclusive Celebration

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Aspen, Colorado—Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

The Little Nell, Aspen’s Five Star/Five Diamond destination hotel, and Daniel Johnnes, wine director for Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group and producer of La Paulée de New York, are set to host a return engagement of one of the most intimate and exclusive epicurean events of the season: La Paulée des Neiges in glorious Aspen, Colorado.

Pairing some of Burgundy’s most sought-after winemakers with celebrated chefs, La Paulée des Neiges is a homage to La Paulée de Meursault, the traditional Burgundian fête shared by wine growers and their guests in celebration of the harvest.

“La Paulée des Neiges is like camp for Burgundy lovers,” said Master Sommelier Sabato Sagaria, food and beverage director at The Little Nell. “In Aspen, we take the traditional elements of amazing wine and delicious food, and we pair it with incredible skiing, breathtaking scenery and the legendary service of The Little Nell.” Winemakers will include Dominique Lafon of Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Etienne Grivot of Domaine Jean Grivot, Jean-Pierre de Smet of Domaine de L’Arlot, Christophe Roumier of Domaine Georges Roumier, Pierre Meurgey of Maison Champy, and Alain Graillot from Crozes-Hermitage.

The festivities will begin on Wednesday, January 16, with an extremely intimate, all-magnum dinner at Chef César Ramirez’s three-Michelin star restaurant, Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare in New York City. Twelve guests will experience an unforgettable evening, setting the tone for the weekend to follow in Aspen. Tickets to the Brooklyn Fare en Magnum dinner are $3,000 per person.

The events will continue on Friday, January 18, in Aspen, Colorado. The Collectors Dinner will be the highlight of La Paulée des Neiges and will be held at Element 47, The Little Nell’s newly remodeled and renamed restaurant. Chefs Daniel Boulud and Robert McCormick will prepare an intimate, multi-course feast designed to complement rare wines sourced directly from the winemakers’ private cellars. Tickets for the event are priced at $2,000 per person.

Saturday culmination will begin with an exhilarating morning of skiing followed by La Paulée’s flagship event: The La Paulée Lunch with winemakers at the private Aspen Mountain Club, normally open only to members and their guests. Special menus created by Daniel Boulud and Robert McCormick will be paired with older vintage wines from each attending Domaine. In the spirit of La Paulée, guests are encouraged to bring wines from their personal cellars to be shared along with those of the winemakers. (Non-skiers may ride the Silver Queen Gondola up to lunch, and everyone is invited to ride down.) Tickets to The La Paulée Lunch are $750 per person; lift tickets are not included.

Seating at all three events is extremely limited and tickets will go on sale starting Monday, November 19. For reservations, email or call 212-625-2519.
For those attending the event, a special 25% discount is being offered on rooms at The Little Nell starting January 18. For room reservations please call 888-843-6355 and reference the code “Paulée 2013.”

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