Cuddle up by the fire and relish these cold-weather-approved wines handpicked by Aspen’s best and brightest sommeliers.
1. For The Little Nell’s Chris Dunaway, the choice is easy: 1990 Château Lynch-Bages. “Around 30 years old,” he says, “this is where I think pedigreed Pauillac is at its peak from a great vintage. Winter in Aspen matches this sentiment.” 675 E. Durant Ave., thelittlenell.com
2. “The 2005 Château Calon-Ségur,” says Jill Carnevale of Ellina, “is a great snowy-weather wine from Saint-Estèphe on Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Big fruit and heavy warming tannins put warmth in a winter’s night.” 430 E. Hyman Ave., ellinaaspen.com
3. Steve Humble of Free Range Kitchen & Wine Bar in Basalt, meanwhile, has his mind on the 2015 Domaine Vincent Paris Granit 60 from Cornas in France’s Rhone Valley. He declares the wine is a “raw, powerful Cornas syrah from 60-year-old vines planted on a steep 60-degree hillside. It’s a powerhouse to be consumed with a hearty, soul-warming stew.” 305 Gold Rivers Court, Basalt, freerangebasalt.com
4. Caribou Club’s Oliver Jaderko brings it back to the States with Realm’s The Bard 2016. “This Napa wine,” he explains, “hits on all cylinders; it’s perfumed, layered and complex, ending with a note of licorice. I can’t imagine a better glass of wine to have with a beautiful steak.” 411 E. Hopkins Ave., caribouclub.com