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Washington state wines to be featured at the Home Ranch this weekend

Chris Figgins from Leonetti Cellar and former Super Bowl quarterback Drew Bledsoe, right, of DoubleBack Wines will speak to guests about their unique selection of Walla Walls Valley wines during wine pairing dinners at The Home Ranch Friday and Saturday nights.
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If You Go…

What: Wine pairing event with Chris Figgins from Leonetti Cellar and former Super Bowl quarterback Drew Bledsoe of DoubleBack Wines

When: 6 p.m. cocktail hour and 7 p.m. dinner event both Friday and Saturday

Where: The Home Ranch, 54880 Routt County Road 129 in Clark

Information: For reservations and a description of the events, call 970-879-1780

— Two wineries from Washington state will bring a taste of the Walla Walla Valley to Steamboat Springs this weekend, and former Super Bowl quarterback Drew Bledsoe will serve as one of the hosts.

The Home Ranch will offer two nights of tastings and wine pairing dinners starting at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Chris Figgins, from Leonetti Cellar, and Bledsoe with his DoubleBack wine collection, will host the events.

“These events get those creative juices flowing, and guests love that educational value learning why certain foods are paired with the wines,” said Clyde Nelson, general manager and executive chef at The Home Ranch.



If You Go…

What: Wine pairing event with Chris Figgins from Leonetti Cellar and former Super Bowl quarterback Drew Bledsoe of DoubleBack Wines

When: 6 p.m. cocktail hour and 7 p.m. dinner event both Friday and Saturday



Where: The Home Ranch, 54880 Routt County Road 129 in Clark

Information: For reservations and a description of the events, call 970-879-1780

Open to the community, the event’s menu is dependent on the seven featured wines from the Walla Walla Valley. Those range in taste, style and influence from merlots to cabernet sauvignons. The food will be paired with particular wines from Leonetti Cellar and from the DoubleBack collection.

Located 18 miles north of Steamboat, The Home Ranch is known internationally through its affiliation with the Relais and Chateaux group — an association comprised of 500 of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs.

Offering the ambiance of a traditional guest ranch, the dining room is centered around community tables that allow guests to converse with one another and the hosts.

“With everyone sitting together, it lends itself to a unique feel of comradery and conversation,” Nelson said. “It’s a joyous and festive atmosphere that is unusual in most places but is an icon here in Routt County.”

Leonetti Cellar, which was founded by Figgins’ parents in 1977, was Walla Walla’s first commercial winery. Since then, the highly allocated wines have acquired notoriety all over the United States and abroad.

Joining Figgins will be Bledsoe, the former NFL quarterback who was with the New England Patriots for 14 seasons and previously with the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys. After Bledsoe retired from the NFL, he reconnected with Figgins in Bledsoe’s hometown of Walla Walla to pursue his dream of owning a winery and managing the process of winemaking and viticulture practices.

“Both of these wineries have really brought that area to life with wine,” said Craig Singer, chef de cuisine and wine director at The Home Ranch. “It’s interesting because each of these has a new world style that has a lot of character and refinement. They do a great job with their wines.”

Guests will have the opportunity to hear about the winemakers’ outlooks on wine.

“You learn so much at these events,” Singer said. “They have the ability to transport you to where they make the wine and to uncover the ideology behind their process. It gives you a personal feel for what they are doing and how.”

The all-inclusive weekend featuring the Walla Walla Valley wines will be $1,800 per couple. This rate includes the wine dinners, wine, 30 kilometers of nordic skiing, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and all the gear and guides. For those who wish to stay just one night at The Home Ranch, the cost is $900 per night for each couple with dinner and activities included.

For the cocktail hour and dinner with a set menu of three entrees paired with a selection of wines to complement the entrees, the cost is $95 per person for Friday night only. For the cocktail hour and five-course wine pairing dinner, the cost will be $150 per person.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1


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