Typically, I do everything in my power to stay away from speaking in clichés. Phrases like “the early bird gets the worm” often make my stomach turn. But when I think of a way to explain the birth of La Carafe Wines, one of the most brilliant and equally overused quotes of all times comes to mind: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
La Carafe was started with this ideology. In my case, Aspen has a done a lot for me. I came to Aspen for work, and Aspen Skiing Company has become the only company that I could ever work for. I learned to ski and found cycling and long distance running. I passed my master sommelier certification here and met my amazing girlfriend in Aspen. So, I owe this town a lot.
One aspect of being a part of the management team of ASC is that part of your job is to serve on a board of a local charity. This makes me very proud to work for this company. And let me tell you, I have tried very hard to fulfill this commitment, I promise, but life is demanding. My best pal and business partner Csaba Oveges found himself in the same dilemma. So, just like every other time we are torn, we opened a couple bottles of wine. And after we found the bottom of said bottles, we conceptualized La Carafe Wines.
La Carafe is a wine brand that partners with winemakers in very traditional wine regions to make delicious table wines that are incredibly value driven. After our costs are covered, all of the profits are donated to three local charities: The Buddy Program, Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, and the Shining Stars Foundation. These three charities are very near to our hearts as they all involve helping young local children.
Here is a little info about the wines:
- TOURAINE SAUVIGNON
This wine is made by the Davault family. They have been growing grapes in Touraine since the 1850s. A perfect alternative to Sancerre—crisp, mineral, and delicious.
- HAUTES COTES DE NUITS BLANC—We work with Domaine Nuiton-Beanoy on this cuvée. The Chardonnay grapes are sourced from higher-elevation vineyards behind the hill of Corton. The wine is mineral medium bodied. The wine sees very little oak, so it’s made more in the style of a premier cru Chablis.
- CORBIERES ROUGE and ROSÉ
Both of these wines are made by Vincent Dubernet. The red is a cuvée of equal parts Syrah Dan Carignan with a touch of Mourvèdre. A perfect blend of northern and southern Rhône styles. The rosé is a blend of Grenache and Syrah. A classic Provençal-style rosé.
- Soon to be added to the La Carafe family:
BOURGOGNE ROUGE, FINES BULLES, and FINES BULLES ROSÉ.
The wines can be found in most local retailers and restaurants in Colorado. If you have any questions about the wines or the charities, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The wines are distributed by Stelvio Selections. We really hope that the community can get behind the wines. The cause is very important to us, and most importantly the wines are delicious.