When a story arrives together about a wine named for a doggy named for a cat, I would normally delegate it to the “too adorable for school” file. But as I have often petted mentioned puppy and am familiar with the pedigree of the winemaker, an exception have to be created.
If you have been to the St. Regis Aspen Resort in the final few of several years you surely smiled when a Bernese Mountain puppy named Kitty came trotting by means of the extremely-luxe foyer. Who can help but get all gooey in the firm of the perpetually content pup with a furry white nose residing large, greeting visitors and, always … normally, wagging his prodigious black tail. This sort of are his charms that he may perhaps nicely be the most photographed doggy in all of Aspen and he has grow to be a regular at The St. Regis’ standard, celebrated champagne sabering ritual.
“He’s everyone’s favored employee,” laughs Marty Johnson, director of dining places and bars at the vacation resort, which sits in the shadow of Shadow Mountain. And nevertheless, Kitty has develop into much more than just the household dog.
The precocious pup has developed into a purpose as a consultant, an ambassador if you will, of the St. Regis. So it was only natural that when the house was on the lookout to deliver a signature wine they considered to name it following Kitty.
To honor him, The St. Regis has created a proprietary customized label Cabernet Sauvignon bottling in association with Blackbird Vineyards dubbed, obviously, the “Kitty Cabernet.”
“We needed to have some thing that was particular and one of a kind to the hotel that we could offer company,” says Johnson about the initiative. “We started with the notion of supplying the wines as an amenity to distinctive company,” he continued. “But it has been so thriving that we want to have the Kitty Taxi available in our lounges and bars.”
Now that the neighborhood has gone down to Orange-stage constraints, the St. Regis is delivering assistance less than selected general public wellness division regulations in the hotel’s Mountain Social Bar and Lounge, the Velvet Buck restaurant and the pop-up tents on the courtyard patio.
The Kitty Cabernet is built by an acclaimed winemaking group below Aaron Pott at the Blackbird winery in the Oak Knoll location of Napa Valley. The grapes for this approachable and simple to drink wine (14.5% abv) arrive from the 2017 classic and are sourced, appropriately, from higher mountain vineyards in the Crimson Hills AVA of Lake County, California. Soaring to 2,500 toes, extremely high in California winemaking terms (they acquired a coat of snow from the atmospheric river in January), the hills previously mentioned Crystal clear Lake are quickly starting to be favorites of producers who observe the volcanic soils and elevation as favorable factors in the mountain Cabernet Sauvignon that grows there.
When Pott is nicely recognized for building some of Napa’s greatest merlot-dependent wines for Blackbird, his repertoire consists of a assortment of higher priced and in-demand from customers cabernet bottlings as well, together with limited creation wines below his possess Pott Wine label. As a winemaker and specialist, he has built wines for a who’s who of Napa Labels.
The winemaking journey began with Kitty having a cross-country road trip to California to go to other St. Regis houses. A halt in Napa resulted in a accumulating with Pott and his group at Blackbird to sniff out the wines.
“We cherished performing with the St. Regis Aspen, and of program Kitty, on this enjoyable custom label,” reported Jeanette LeFevre, advertising and marketing supervisor at Blackbird Vineyards. “Everyone at our winery was enthusiastic when Kitty came to check out and appreciated watching him discover the winery in lookup for the fantastic mix. A stunning Lake County Taxi paired with a beloved Bernese Mountain Canine — what more could you want?”
The Kitty Cab’s label features the initial St. Regis crest with an illustration of a pair of cherubs, right here replaced by a rendering of Kitty the Bernese.
Turns out this foray into a signature wine is in preserving with St Regis background. John Jacob Astor IV, who founded the authentic St. Regis in New York at 55th and Fifth in 1904, himself had a pet dog dubbed “Kitty.” Regrettably, the Airdale was with Astor on that fateful April evening in 1912 when the final glass of wine was poured on the Titanic right before it slipped beneath the sea.
Currently, there are 46 St. Regis properties distribute during the globe, but at just one, listed here in Aspen, can you get a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon named soon after a puppy who is named just after a cat. The Kitty Cabernet.