POSTED July 18, 2018

Luxury guest ranch C Lazy U Ranch recently won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the third year in a row and simultaneously announced the appointment of Certified Level II Sommelier Elise Blann. Blann will work closely with Executive Chef Dennis Kaniger at C Lazy U to select the perfect wine for each meal. The dining program specializes in regional ranch cuisine, such as Rocky mountain trout, rosemary rack of lamb and aged western beef.

“Winning this award is an honor and winning for the third consecutive year is a reflection of the excellent wine relationships our F&B team maintains,” says General Manager David Craig.

In order to be awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, a restaurant must offer an extensive wine list that is unique, widely appealing and complimentary to the dinner menu’s character and price range. The award was created in 1981 to commemorate restaurants that are dedicated to creating thoughtful, expansive wine selections. Blann, a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers, brings more than 10 years of food and beverage experience to C Lazy U’s esteemed wine program.

“We’re excited for Elise to begin leveraging her decade of experience in the food and beverage industry, as well as her sommelier certification, to continue to wow our guests with wine selections that pair fantastically with our delicious cuisine,” Craig says.

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