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2012 Edesia Donates to Marillac Clinic

““It is a great cause, and an enjoyable way to sample the best food and wine available. Last year we were happy to present Marillac Clinic a $7,000 check. We hope that amount will be much larger this year, ” says Jerome Strack, General Manager of the Wine Country Inn, Palisade, Colorado

777 Grande River Drive

Palisade, CO 81526 




Rémy Martin is Presenting Sponsor of Edesia 2012



International spirits giant Rémy Martin will be the presenting sponsor of Edesia, a Palisade Culinary, Wine and Spirits Adventure, on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Wine Country Inn in Palisade.


Best known for its award winning champagne cognacs, Rémy Martin also produces a variety of other premium beverage products.   Rémy Cointreau USA, the American branch of the French parent company, will showcase Piper-Sonoma brands of sparkling and still wines and top-rated The Mccallan Scotch malt whiskey.


“We are excited to have such a prestigious company whose products are known world-wide join us in presenting Edesia,” says Jerome Strack, General Manager of the Inn. “Their presence will take Edesia to a whole new level and offer wines and spirits that will compliment those that are produced locally.”


Named for the Roman goddess of fine food and wine, Edesia will feature food prepared by invited chefs and beverages poured by Rémy Martin and Colorado wineries.


Benefiting Marillac Clinic, the food, wine and spirits expo offers several levels of sponsorship.  Already on board for this year’s event are these sponsors:  The Daily Sentinel, KKCO-NBC 11 News, 92.3 The Vault and 93.1 Magic FM,  FCI Constructors, US Foodservice,  Colorado National Bank,  US Bank, RSW Partners,  Absolute Prestige Limousine Service, Dalby Wendland & Co, PC,  Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa (Moab, UT) and Wine Country Inn.


Restaurants and food vendors’ participation is by invitation only and is coordinated by Joe Scanlon, WCI Operations Manager.  To date restaurants who have committed are La Rouge, Il Bistro, Red Rose Cafe, Bin 707, Tapestry Lounge, The Cowboy and the Rose Caterers, Inari’s, Decadence Cheesecake, Wild West Steaks & Seafood  at Crossroads Wine & Spirits, Berna Bees. Pantuso’s, Fisher’s Liquor Barn and Gelato Junction.


Wineries to pour their wines include Grande River Vineyards, Talon Brands, Colterris, Carlson, DeBeque Canyon, Maison La Belle Vie, Whitewater Hill and Mesa Park.


“Because there is such an explosion of interest in food and wine pairings, we expect a larger number of guests this year, ” observes Strack, who is coordinating the expo.  “Our guest vendors will present only their best because they are showcasing their own culinary skills, fine wines and spirits.”


He points out that the $49 price per person for a ticket is well below what similar expositions command.   The organizers, who are donating goods and services, are hoping to raise significant funds for Marillac Clinic. 


“It is a great cause, and an enjoyable way to sample the best food and wine available.  Last year we were happy to present  Marillac Clinic a $7,000 check.   We hope that amount will be much larger this year,  ” he adds.


A popular feature of Edesia last year was the hourly food demonstrations by an invited celebrity chef.  The identity of this year’s guest chef, who will be demonstrating his culinary skills in the downstairs Club Room of the Vintner’s House, will be announced in the near future.


Tickets, priced at $49 per person, will be on sale at Wine Country Inn or through the Edesia website:


Strack said the participants listed were early responders and that there was still time to sign up. Prospective sponsors can contact Strack at the Inn for more information at 970-464-5777. 

Press Contact:

Jean Tally

Wine Country Inn



Piper-Sonoma and The Macallan


Piper-Sonoma draws on the long history and expertise of its French predecessor, Piper-Heidsieck, a premier maker of fine Champagne, to produce its sparkling wines. Founded in 1980, Piper-Sonoma produces sparkling wines in the same traditional methode champenoise technique as classic French champagne, but with personality and style that is “pure California. “


Winemaker Raphael Bribes uses select Chardonnay grapes, mainly from the Russian River Valley, to produce Brut sparkling and Blanc de Blancs wines, both of which have medaled consistently since the brand was established.  


While the Piper-Sonoma Wine brand is young, The McAllen single malt whiskey label has  a long, illustrious history.   It has been distilled in Speyside, Scotland, near Easter Elchies House on the River Spey since 1824.


Originally, The Macallan was matured in oak sherry casks from Jerez, Spain.  The distiller explains that  aging in sherry casks enhances the color of the scotch.   The original scotch is generally distributed in 12-year old or 18-year-old bottles although older, more expensive 25, 30 and 60-year old scotches are also available.


Since 2004, however, the company has also aged the whiskey in American bourbon oak casks, producing unique choices for customers. Today there are several selections of the Fine Oak aged scotch.


Many rare, special releases and other small production run bottlings also exist.  For example, a 1926 bottle of The Macallan was sold by Christie’s at auction in 2007 for $54,000.   Then in 2010 Sotheby’s in New York sold at auction a 64-year old The Macallan single malt in a one of a kind Lalique crystal decanter for $460,000.


Proceeds were donated to a charity that helps developing countries provide clean drinking water for their citizens.




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