Vin48 hosts wine tasting with Lemelson Vineyards, Aug. 17 |

Vin48 hosts wine tasting with Lemelson Vineyards, Aug. 17

Krista Driscoll
Dina Avila | Special to the DailyAn intern takes advantage of gravity flow to fill barrels with pinot noir at Lemelson Vineyards. Vin48 in Avon will host a wine tasting with Lemelson Vineyards on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Dina Avila | Special to the Daily |

If you go …

What: Wine tasting with Lemelson Vineyards.

When: 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Where: Vin48, 48 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., Avon.

Cost: $25, includes wine tasting and light appetizers.

More information: Call 970-748-9463.

AVON — Vin48’s wine tasting series continues today with special guest Colleen Glennon, director of sales for Lemelson Vineyards in Carlton, Oregon.

While studying for the bar to become an environmental lawyer in the early 1990s, Eric Lemelson began tasting the pinot noir that was coming out of Oregon and it inspired him to get into the industry. He started Lemelson Vineyards with the intention of building something that would not only serve consumers but also be environmentally friendly to the state that he calls home.

Lemelson’s winery was built in 1998 and completed in time for the 1999 harvest. Utilizing organic farming methods and gravity-flow production, the winery crafts estate-grown pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay and Riesling from its 160 acres of vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley.

“We have seven estate sites, so we own all of our own vineyards, which is kind of a rarity. Most people don’t source from their own vineyards,” Glennon said. “All of our vineyards are farmed organically since Day 1. That’s a big plus and a big reason we don’t want to bring fruit in because we want to keep our fruit organically bound.”

Solar panels contribute about 40 percent of the power to produce the wine, and the gravity-flow process serves the dual purpose of saving energy and helping to uphold the winery’s hands-off philosophy of winemaking, Glennon said.

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“The idea is gentle handling, leave everything alone,” she said. “It allows us not to use pumps or other devices that would be too aggressive and beat up the fruit.”

The fruit is hand-picked and brought to the top level of the building, where it’s sorted and fermented and then makes its way down through the winery, from pressing to the cellar for aging and, eventually, to the bottling line. About 90 percent of what Lemelson Vineyards produces is pinot noir, and gas is used to push the liquid through the lines in the production process to avoid damaging the delicate grape.

At vin48, Glennon will pour that pinot, along with a selection of other wines from Lemelson Vineyards. Charles Hays, vin48 chef and owner, will pair the wines with light appetizers as part of the restaurant’s summer tasting series. Tickets are $25, and reservations aren’t required.

All of the wines served are available for purchase at discounted prices from Beaver Liquors in Avon. Call 970-748-9463 for more information.

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