January 6, 2015. Darby, Montana – Culinary lessons from one of the country’s leading chefs, wine tastings with the finest vintners and stellar Western hospitality are on offer in 2015 at Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch
, voted the World’s Best Hotel in theTravel + Leisure
2014World’s Best Awards. In January, Triple Creek Ranch will debut their new Cooking School Vintner Weekends
, which combine the very best elements of the popular Cooking School Weekends and Vintner Weekends. Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy ranch activities alongside legendary vintners in a relaxed atmosphere, developing their own culinary and oenological expertise at the Relais & ChÃ¢teauxsanctuary that was ranked one of the Top 100 onConde Nast Traveler
Readers’ Choice Awards 2014. All of these lively and enriching food and wine weekend activities are included in the nightly cabin rate at Triple Creek Ranch.
Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman, who cooked for a sold-out crowd at New York’s James Beard Foundation in 2013, is celebrating his 10th anniversary at the helm of the Triple Creek Ranch kitchen. Trained in classical French cuisine, Chef Leatherman and his team will work with cooks of all levels and teach new techniques and recipes in a friendly and relaxed kitchen environment during the Cooking School sessions. Chef Leatherman will be joined by Sommelier Jeremy White, who oversees the wine cellar at Triple Creek Ranch, which was recently awarded its 10thWine SpectatorAward and third “Best of” Award.
Cooking School Vintner Weekends
In 2015, Triple Creek Ranch combines two of its most popular signature events by introducing Cooking School Vintner Weekends. During hands-on, fun and informational Cooking School Weekends, Chef Leatherman and his staff will share their personal approach to various culinary techniques, ranging from fish cookery, barbequing and grilling to classic braising and sauteing. The Executive Pastry Chef will lead guests in the creation of some favorite deserts while Sommelier Jeremy White will coach guests to expertly pair wine, beer and spirits.Partner vintners from Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena and Oregon’s Et Fille wineries will join guests for cooking classes, and enrich this instruction with their own expertise.
Chateau Montelena, Napa
The Napa Valley winery that put California fine wines on the map at the legendary Paris Tasting in 1976.
February 19 – 22
Et Fille, Oregon
The father-daughter duo Howard Mozeico and Jessica Mozeico-Blair ofEt Fillewinery, located near Portland, Oregon are renowned for their award winning Pinot Noir.
February 26 – March 1
This weekend is reserved for the Cooking School only, and guests will have the opportunity to delve into classes with Chef Leatherman.
April 23 – 26
A unique opportunity for passionate oenophiles to focus exclusively on engaging with some of the world’s leading wine makers whose vintages are regularly featured in the Lodge.Vintner Weekends consistently exceed guest expectations. Intimate discussions about process, terroir and grape types culminate in meaningful tastings and paired dinners. Guests are also introduced to the lighter side of the vintner partners as they join each other to enjoy ranch activities.
Et Fille Vintner Weekend
Sourced from the distinct viticulture regions of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Chappellet Vintner Weekend
A California vineyard that has been crafting extraordinary wines since 1967 in the rugged terroir of Napa Valley’s Pritchard Hill.
Merry Edwards Vintner Weekend
Famed for its Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County.
Cabin rates startingat $950* per couple, per night and includeluxurious accommodations, snacks, breakfast, lunch, gourmet dinners, house wines and house spirits and all featured on-ranch activities. For more information visitwww.triplecreekranch.com