Grouse Mountain Grill

An excellent restaurant with young chef Ted Schneider at the helm, this lovely venue offers gorgeous views of the village of Beaver Creek and the surrounding mountains. Our meal began with a delicious hand cut beef tartare, followed by a wonderful free range roasted chicken from Petaluma. The finest Italian varietal dry whites in the country are made by Steve Clifton under the Palmina label. It is amazing what he is able to achieve with these varietals, and if readers haven't tasted them, it is well-worth getting on the winery's mailing list as they are all crisp, stainless steel-fermented and aged dry whites that rank alongside the best from northeast Italy. With the chicken dish, we had the exquisite 2003 SQN Syrah called Papa. We had the wine decanted at the beginning of the meal, and it was still young and primary, displaying an inky/blue/purple color along with loads of graphite, white chocolate, blackberry, and cassis notes presented in an opulent, full-bodied, approachable but youthful style.

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