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ASPEN ” Jonathan Pullis, who oversees the wine cellar at The Little Nell in Aspen, recently received his master sommelier diploma, joining a group of 99 top wine professionals in the country.

Pullis has achieved the highest distinction afforded in the wine industry by successfully completing the examination, which consists of a verbal theory test where other masters ask questions on anything and everything relating to wine, spirits and sake; a service exam where the candidate is expected to correctly identify spirits, sweet wines and aperitifs based solely on sight and smell; and the successful completion of mock service scenarios including wine decanting, champagne service, and pairing different wines with a selection of food. The candidate must also blind taste six wines in less than 25 minutes, successfully determining the wine’s origin, grape and vintage.

ASPEN ” Aspen native Taya Paige who now lives in Southern California, recently returned to the valley to create an Aspen “Diamond Destination” experience for her luxury travel company, Le Rêve Destination Services.



Paige said she researched the best spots and hidden treasures during her visit, and made the necessary connections to create personalized experiences for visitors to enjoy while in the area, including many custom activities she designed herself.

While in Aspen, Paige visited private vacation villas and other properties as part of Le Rêve’s new affiliation with Private Trade Winds, a luxury access company specializing in high-end villa rentals and residential travel.




The partnership of Le Rêve Destination Services and Private Trade Winds gives a solution to customers seeking a turnkey holiday or business trip that includes air travel, ground transfers, accommodations, security, translators, photography and unique destination design.

Paige noted that most hotel concierges are set up to handle restaurant reservations or get tickets to a show, but are not designed to customize the kind of individualized experiences many families now prefer.

Tailor-made, or “bespoke” travel is a growing trend among travelers, who increasingly see it as the preferred way to experience the world.

Le Rêve has set up a special blog focused on Aspen, http://www.aspenluxurytravel.blogspot.com.

ASPEN ” Caroline Christensen, an associate broker, has rejoined Coldwell Banker The Aspen Brokers, Ltd, after a 14-year absence.

She had previously worked as a broker associate for the company from 1980 to 1994. She also was president of the Aspen Board of Realtors in 1992, and “Realtor of the Year” in Aspen in 1994.


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