Wine & Potato Chip Pairing

Wine industry conference features oddball pairing event open to the public

CAVE-logoRegular old potato chips like Lay’s or, heaven help us, Pringles (those unpleasant reconstructed chip-shaped items in a tube) won’t do for attendees at the third annual VinCO conference in Grand Junction. VinCO is a program of the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE), a trade association of Colorado growers and wineries. They are working hard to make quality wines, and their conference merits quality snacks to go with them.

Just one event, the imaginative Gourmet Chip and Wine Pairing mixer, is open to the public. It features gourmet house-made chips created by four leading Grand Valley restaurants (626 on Rood, Bin 707, Il Bistro Italiano and Le Rouge). Think baked yellow beet chips with smoked paprika and fleur de sel or
russet potato chips with fennel and Champagne vinegar. Wineries will pour an artisanal selection of Colorado wines.

With so many haute cuisine events on the culinary calendar, it tickles me that creative, house-made chips are the one and only featured food. Chris and Mary Britt, DJs at Grand Junction’s Magic 93.1 DJs, will emcee the event, and attendees will vote on their favorite pairings.

The good news is that entry to the Gourmet Chip and Wine Pairing is only $15. The bad news that it takes place at the  SpringHill Suites in downtown Grand Junction at SpringHill Suites, a city that I wish were closer to home. The event is on Wednesday, January 16 (smack in the middle of the January 15 to 17 conference) . Tickets are available online, or FoMoInfo, call 970-464-0111.