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Avon wine tasting: From Piedmont to Sicily, the wines of Italy

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VAIL CO, Colorado

AVON – Italian wine importer Steve Lewis and Sicilian winery owner Stefano Girelli will pour Piemontese and Sicilan wines from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at vin48 in Avon Wednesday as part of the restaurant and wine bar’s weekly tasting series.

Steve Lewis, owner of Giuliana Imports, will pour four of his favorite Piemontese wines from the Giulina portfolio. Giuliana Imports is a wine and olive oil importer founded by Lewis and Tavio Laudisio in 1996 in Boulder. Giuliana represents some of the finest family-owned estates in Italy, with a focus on the great Barolo and Barbaresco producers of Piedmont. Lewis will pour both whites and reds, including a Barolo from Mauro Molino. Azienda Agricola Mauro Molino is an estate located in the commune of La Morra. They claim holdings in some of La Morra’s best vineyards: Gattera, Gancia, Conca and Gallinotto. The family has owned the farm since 1953, but Mauro was the first to bottle wine in 1978 and the first Barolo was 1982. Now Mauro’s son Matteo and daughter Martina are taking on a large role in the estate. The supple nature of La Morra Nebbiolo and Barbera are on full display at the Molino estate. Total production of all wines at the estate is a mere 6,000 cases; this level of production allows the family to control all aspects of the vinicutlutre and wine making.

The second table at the tasting will feature organic Sicilian wines from the Santa Tresa estate. Owner Stefano Girelli from Santa Tresa will be at vin48 to pour his delicious wines. The beautiful Mediterranean island of Sicily boasts a cultural history spanning millennia, where wine has always played a major part. Sicily’s landscape is arid and hilly, and is dominated by Mount Etna (known also as Mongibello), one of the world’s few remaining active volcanoes. The rich volcanic soil is highly fertile and the harsh sun is tempered by the cooling sea breezes, making certain areas of the island a vine grower’s paradise. For centuries, winemakers have had tremendous success with Sicily’s indigenous grape varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Frappato and Grillo. Today, modern winemaking combines with tradition to make unique wines, which are a true reflection of Sicily.

Charles Hays, vin48’s chef and owner, will pair the wines with appetizers on the restaurant’s patio. The event is part of vin48’s summer tasting series, which takes place every Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Vin48 serves wines from visiting winemakers, breweries, distillers, importers and industry insiders and pairs them with Hays’ cuisine. All the wines served are available for purchase at discounted prices from Beaver Liquors in Avon.

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