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Aspen welcomes Third Annual Clicquot in the Snow

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Ahh, Clicquot in the Snow…it sounds as festive as it tastes. Outside the Ritz Carlton Club’s Willow Creek, the snow began to fall while inside, the corks began to pop. The sound of a newly opened bottle of Veuve Clicquot is music to the ears but the sound of a 1985 Vintage Rose Clicquot? A whole symphony.

“That '85 is insane,” said one young aficionado, eyes wide. The ladies of Clicquot described the vintage as rich, complex, well-matched for lamb and meat but not necessarily for every occasion. Fortunately for us, it was for this occasion.

Samantha Barnes, US Business Director, explained the rather un-business-like concept behind the week’s tastings and revelry, Clicquot-style. “Europeans are masters of après-ski; wine, beer, they’re always on the menu but why not champagne?” An excellent addition to the après scene, we all agreed, with the exact timing of après-ski open to interpretation. A few hours, or a few runs; there’s no real minimum time frame, before a lively flute of Veuve Clicquot seems fitting.

Indeed, lively was an apt description for Wednesday's kickoff.

“It’s a jovial, lively scene,” said Julie Beesley, visiting from Sydney. She’d skied on Aspen that day, certainly meriting a good bout of après-ski. Others arrived in elegant dress, or casual flair, but were no less deserving; no need for traces of snow, or windburn. With Veuve Clicquot, après ski is a state of mind.

Viceroy Snowmass gets ready to overflow..Viceroy Snowmass gets ready to overflow..

To round out the palette, Chef Jami Flatt served champagne-infused appetizers: Duck Ravioli, each with its own ravioli-sized plate, and three or four bite sized miniature bagel sandwiches, stuffed with smoked salmon and topped with caviar.

There’s a golden lining to all these bubbles: once you’re hooked on the effervescence, you’ll certainly want some more. You’ll feel good about your craving throughout the Third Annual Clicquot in the Snow; for every flute of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label bought at participating bars and restaurants, Veuve Clicquot will make a donation to local non-profit Challenge Aspen, towards its work for adaptive sports programs.

Today, March 12th, follow the champagne corks to the Sky Hotel, then off to the last, delicious hurrah at Viceroy Snowmass this Saturday, March 13th.

If you’re going to be floating around in your ski boots, hours after the lifts close, a flute -or more- of Veuve Clicquot is the perfect accessory.

More info on Clicquot in the Snow, www.vcseason.com