For example, at a wine dinner the chef will prepare yellowtail sashimi accompanied with ponzu sauce and cranberries to complement a Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. This wine is known for its pungent, grassy, fruity hints of passionfruit, gooseberries and grapefruit, and matches beautifully with the tart sweetness of the dried cranberry and balances the sweet with the sour, bitter and salty notes of the ponzu sauce and the savory tuna.
Three-course beer dinners start with lighter beers and progress to darker shades, as wine dinners start with white wines and graduate to deeper reds. Colorado brewery partners like Avery in Boulder, Odell in Fort Collins, Oasis from Denver, and the nearby, local Roaring Fork Brewery, as well as other well-known, hand-crafted breweries from around the country like Ballast Point Brewing in California have showcased their pints at these ever-popular beer dinners. The wine and Grand Slam dinners celebrate libations from all over the world.