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Little Nell employee earns master sommelier diploma
Carlton McCoy, assistant wine director for the The Little Nell Hotel and Residences, has received his master sommelier diploma, joining an elite group of 133 top wine professionals in North America.
Over the years, The Little Nell has had 10 masters working on its property. Three master sommeliers are currently employed at The Little Nell, which is a first for the hotel.
The hotel hosted the Master Sommelier Exam from May 19 to May 22. The exam, dubbed “the hardest test in the world,” has a pass rate of approximately 10 percent and was being held for the second time in Colorado. Sixty-three candidates sat for the exam, with just four passing.
As a master sommelier, McCoy has achieved the highest distinction afforded in the wine industry by successfully completing an intense examination that requires extreme focus and determination, according to a statement from the hotel.
The overall examination consists of a verbal theory test where other masters ask 150 questions on anything and everything relating to wine, spirits and sake, while a service test expects candidates to correctly address mock service scenarios including wine decanting, champagne service and pairing different wines with food. Finally the candidate also must blindly taste six wines in less than 25 minutes, successfully determining the wine’s origin, grape and vintage.
McCoy has worked in several celebrated restaurant environments, including Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Marcus Samuellson’s Aquavit, Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak in New York, and Eric Zeibold’s CityZen at The Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. He arrived at The Little Nell in November, inspired by the hotel’s Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning program and the property’s reputation.
Brewster McLeod named to Professional Builder list
Jamie Brewster McLeod, of Brewster McLeod Architects, recently made Professional Builder magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” list.
She is owner of Brewster McLeod Architects. Her accomplishments include winning honors for creative spaces and furnishings in the 2011 Roaring Fork Valley Parade of Homes and completing an American Institute of Architects professional series to educate Colorado architects on the creation of ambitious energy-efficient design to reach 60 to 100 percent reduction in fossil- fuel greenhouse-gas emissions.
Brewster McLeod is a board member of the Colorado West chapter of the American Institute of Architects. She also serves on the Aspen Historic Preservation Commission. Additionally, she is a volunteer on the Pitkin County Board of Adjustment.
The magazine lists her hobbies as skiing, biking and golf and adds that she can’t live without lattes from Starbucks.
Coldwell Banker Mason Morse to open new office
Real estate firm Coldwell Banker Mason Morse will open a new office in mid-June across from Triangle Park and Willits Town Center.
The new Willits office will handle residential, development, commercial and agricultural real estate as well as property management.
Brokers staffing the office include the husband-and-wife team of Rod and Sarah Woelfle, Roshni Slalii and longtime midvalley broker Bob Jacobson, who recently joined the firm.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to open a brand-new, full-service office in Basalt. The team we’ve assembled are highly involved in the local community and are experienced and already successful midvalley brokers,” said John Wendt, managing broker at Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, in a statement.
“There is such great momentum in the Willits area with the addition of Whole Foods, their only store on the Western Slope. Like Whole Foods, we are locally focused but also have that global reach. We look forward to bringing on other brokers to grow our midvalley market presence,” Wendt continued.
Broker Rod Woelfle believes the midvalley market is showing signs of stabilizing, and with increased buyer activity the market appears to be making a comeback.
“We are now reaching the point where our inventory in Basalt is close to what it was when our market peaked,” Woelfle said. “This is the first time since the economy crashed we have seen these signs of stability.”
In other news involving the firm, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse executives attended the 11th annual Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat in late April at the La Playa Hotel in Carmel, Calif. Keynote speakers included international race-car driver and Indianapolis 500 winner Danny Sullivan and digital marketing strategist Philippa Gamse, of Websites That Win.
Personal-finance workshop scheduled for June 3
Dollar Works 2, a personal-financial-education workshop, will be held at the El Jebel Community Center on June 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The workshop is free, but registration is required. Call Glenda Wentworth, of the Colorado State University Extension Service, at 970-328-8630 to sign up or for more information.
Topics will include making money decisions, identifying goals, making and managing a spending plan and saving for emergencies.
The center is located at 0020 Eagle County Drive.
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