“I’m looking at the menu this time to contrast the smoked shrimp and frisée salad and the soup with the poached egg and the caviar,” said master sommelier Jay Fletcher. “I wanted something with higher acidity and minerality. So the first glass in front of you and the burgundy glass is the Domaine Faiveley, Puligny Montrachet Les Foltieres 1er Cru…”
Fletcher was speaking to the guests at WineCrush, the intimate wine-soaked annual benefit held at John and Amy Phelan’s Aspen residence that kicked off ArtCrush 2019—three days of festivities from July 31 to August 2 to raise funds for the Aspen Art Museum that culminated in a silent and live auction at the ArtCrush benefit. The Aspen Art Museum also celebrated its 40th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, STONEFOX Architects draped the tent in which the event was held in ruby red, the color of that milestone. Guests included Lance Armstrong, Sotheby’s senior director and European chairman Oliver Barker, and artist Marc Dennis.