Raise Your Wine Glass in Celebration of Little Nell’s 20th Anniversary!

- Melanie Zieba,


It all started 20 years ago; The Little Nell in Aspen Colorado began. And now in celebration of its 20th anniversary, The Little Nell has carefully selected 20 of its most memorable wines from the thousands of bottles served at the hotel over the past two decades for a commemorative list, available for a limited time beginning December 1, 2009.

Since its start in 1989 the hotel has worked with exceptional Master Sommeliers, each who have brought their extensive knowledge to this luxury hotel’s 20,000 + bottle wine cellar. This has earned The Little Nell the Grand Award from Wine Spectator each year since 1997.

The plan for this big even is to take guests and diners on a retrospective journey through the years with a sampling of wines that represent the finest vintages, producers, regions, treasure and great values from the cellar over the last 20 years.

wine-bottlesThese 20 bottles have been specially chosen by The Little Nell’s present Sommeliers with inspiration of past Master Sommeliers and are offering these top 20 wines to be available to its guests throughout the winter season.

What wines are on the list you might ask? A little bit of new and a lot of old. Let’s raise our glasses to The Little Nell. Congrats and here’s to 20 more. Cheers!

Raising a Glass to 20 Years

-Vega-Sicilia “Unico,” Ribera del Duero, Spain, 1989
-Henschke Shiraz “Hill of Grace,” Eden Valley, Australia, 1990
-Ridge “Monte Bello,” Santa Cruz, California, 1991
-Domaine Ramonet “Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet,” Burgundy, France, 1992
-Domaine Dujac Grand Cru “Clos de la Roche,” Burgundy, France, 1993
-Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage, Northern Rhône, France, 1994
-Montevertine “Le Pergole Torte,” Tuscany, Italy, 1995
-Château Cos d’Estournel, Bordeaux, France, 1996
-Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone Classico, Veneto, Italy, 1997
-Domaine de Marcoux Châteuneuf-du-Pape “Vieilles Vignes,” Southern Rhône, France, 1998
-Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo “Monprivato,” Piedmont, Italy, 1999
-Château Gombaude, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, 2000
-Tua Rita “Redigaffi,” Tuscany, Italy, 2001
-Domaine Roulot Meursault 1er Cru “Charmes,” Burgundy, France, 2002
-Torres “Mas La Plana,” Penedes, Spain, 2003
-Giacomo Conterno Barolo “Cascina Francia,” Piedmont, Italy, 2004
-Domaine Méo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru “Aux Brûlées,” Burgundy, France, 2005
-Betts & Scholl Grenache “The O.G.,” Barossa Valley, Australia, 2006
-Knoll Gruner Veltliner “Kreutles,” Smaragd, Wachau, Austria, 2007
-Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko/Athiri, Santorini, Greece, 2008
-Krug, Grand Cuvee, Champagne France, Multiple Vintage

Also, in anticipation of this big anniversary, The Little Nell is also currently undergoing an amazing 18 million dollar renovation to all of its guests rooms, junior suites and corridors designed by residential designer Holly Hunt. You can read all about it here on our blog: Holly Hunt’s Latest Masterpiece.

*Due to this renovation The Little Nell will be closed until December 1, 2009

  1. cindy Lafond says:

    I love your wine glass photo. Is it an image that can be purchased?Also, I want to come to Aspen in the future to see the fall leaves. Any ideas?

  2. Melanie Zieba says:

    Thanks for the complement Cindy. Aspen is a great place to visit anytime of year. There are tons of great outdoor activities to take part in during the autumn season like fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and kayaking. September is also a great time to visit as the city will be hosting their annual Aspen Film Fest and Jazz Aspen where you are sure to hear some amazing music.