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Rose sparkling wines brighten Aspen Classic opener

By Dave Buchanan
ASPEN - It's Friday the 13th and nothing but good luck for the 5,000 foodies descending on Glamour Gulch for the first day of the 26th annual Food & Wine Magazine Classic. What a place.Uncork your skiing technique in the morning and uncork a few classic wines in the afternoon. That, at least, is what Kelly Hayes of Aspen was doing when I ran into him during a lunch sponsored by Boston Brewing Co., the company that makes Sam Adams Boston Lager, among other delights. Aspen Skiing Co. re-opened some of the upper slopes on Ajax Friday (and today and Sunday) and Hayes was among the die-hards who just couldn't resist a few runs on a mid-June snow pack. "I had six good runs and 1,000 grins,"Hayes said, summing up the feelings everyone (including moi) was feeling after adding to their skier days in the winter of 2007-2008. The first sprint through the Grand Tasting tent and the 300 or so wine producers revealed several pleasant surprises, including a line of Spanish Sherries imported by Kindred Spirits of Miami and a handful of wonderfully crisp, bright-fruit rose sparkling wines. Dry rose sparkling wines are perfect for these hot summer days. Friday's best was the Torre Oria Cava Rosado, the color of raspberries with the flavor of strawberries, raspberries and tree-ripe cherries. All of Torre Oria's cava are made methode champenoise, bottle fermented and hand-riddled. And affordable, around $10. Two other roses to look for include Segura Viuda's Aria, a pinot noir rose, and the Nicholas Feuillate rose Champagne, a blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay.

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