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Tastes of Uruguay in Breckenridge

Kimberly Nicoletti

BRECKENRIDGE – Tonight, Old Country tradition and Uruguayan warmth waft into Breckenridge.High-caliber red, ros and white wines from Uruguay join a five-course meal at a wine pairing dinner, sponsored by Quandary Grille.Though Uruguay is the oldest wine-producing country in South America, its wines just came onto the market in Colorado, and specifically Breckenridge, in February.European immigrants brought the Old Country tradition of winemaking into the rolling hills of Uruguay in 1870, when they introduced the tannat strain – a large, red grape.Tonight, the tannat, a hearty red wine that comes in a variety of styles, is paired with portabello mushroom soup and filet of tenderloin or porterhouse pork chop. Pinot noir, the only organic wine, accompanies the grilled mahi-mahi.The five-course meal at Quandary Grille also features imported cheeses and pancetta-wrapped shrimp as an appetizer, a green salad with hazelnuts, cranberries and gorgonzola and choice of Napolitano flan or fresh fruit puff for dessert.”This menu gives their chefs a chance to shine,” said Jen Radueg, director of public relations at the Breckenridge Resort Chamber.Three Uruguayan winemakers will present their wines at the dinner. Omar Moizo will introduce Tannat Roble Reserve 2000, Reinaldo DeLucca will present tannat & Syrah 2000 and Pablo Fallabrino will usher in an Eolo Reserve tannat and a ruby cabarnet 2000.”They add a lot of respectability to the wine,” said Robert Fowles, wine importer from Table 31 Imports. “They actually put their hands in the soil. They can speak so intimately about their wines, their soil, their climate. It’s their passion. It’s going to be fun for a person who’s not really an expert on wine.”At least 100 people are expected to dine tonight at Quandary Grille, overlooking Maggie Pond and Breckenridge Ski Resort, Radueg said.The dinner benefits the Breckenridge Film Festival, scheduled for Sept. 12-15. Karin Penegor, president of the Breckenridge Festival of Film, hopes to raise $2,000 to $4,000.”It would help slowly whittle away the cost of last year’s film festival,” which began two days after Sept. 11, Penegor said.Tickets are $40, or $75 per couple and are available at the KSMT office, 130 Ski Hill Road, or by calling (970) 453-6200.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at 970-668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail atknicoletti@summitdaily.com.

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