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Home Ranch entertains with Yakima Valley winery, Owen Roe

— The public has an opportunity this weekend to mingle with guests and the wine staff of the Home Ranch in Clark and with winemaker David O'Reilly, of Owen Roe winery from Washington's Yakima Valley.

The Home Ranch, 18 miles north of Steamboat, is internationally known through its affiliation with the Relais and Chateaux group of 500 luxury lodging properties.

Chef Clyde Nelson said Wednesday that forming relationships with wineries is an increasingly important extension of the service the Home Ranch offers its guests.

"It's critical to us, being with Relais and Chateaux," Nelson said. "A percentage of our clientele have high expectations for wine and enjoy some high-end boutique wines."

Owen Roe is gaining recognition for a number of varietals and blends, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, bottled at its new winery where the extinct volcanoes of the Cascade Mountains loom in the background.

With just 50 guest pillows spread among its eight cabins and six guest rooms, the Home Ranch has its own sommelier, Craig Singer, and sommelier-in-training Andy Comeau.

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Singer, who also is the chef overseeing dinner at the Home Ranch, actively pairs wine and food selections for the guests.

"Craig presents the wine with dinner every night," Nelson said. "We offer a limited selection of entrees and offer a wine from our list with each of those selections as well as our complete list. Eight out of 10 guests go with Craig's recommendation."

This weekend's events with Owen Roe include an afternoon of classroom tasting. On Saturday night, Singer will offer a plated meal with hors d'oeuvres beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Sunday's event at 7 p.m. offers a five-course paired dinner with the most exclusive wines from Owen Roe.

There also are special lodging options for dinner guests who prefer to overnight at the Home Ranch.

Nelson said the ability of the wine staff at the Home Ranch to tell an informed story about each bottle helps them to enrich the guest experience.

Already, Singer and Comeau are preparing to add depth to their knowledge of wine during a five-day vintner's class in California's Napa Valley in April.

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If you go

What: Owen Roe wine event at the Home Ranch in Clark

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday

Dinner cost: $125 per couple Saturday and $150 per couple Sunday

Information: For reservations and a description of the events call 970-879-1780