Organic Colorado winemaker pours in Avon |

Organic Colorado winemaker pours in Avon

Vail Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – Colorado winemaker Lance Hanson of Jack Rabbit Hill will show off his wines Wednesday at Avon’s vin48 as part of the restaurant and wine bar’s weekly tasting series. Jack Rabbit Hill is a 70-acre farm located on Redlands Mesa, near Hotchkiss. Jack Rabbit Hill makes wines from 22 acres of certified-biodynamic vineyards. Jack Rabbit Hill is also home to the Peak Spirits distillery, makers of Caprock organic gin and vodka. It also has 20 acres of pasture with small families of cattle, sheep, and chickens, and 12 acres of protected wildlife habitat. Most recently Mr. Hanson has planted 10 acres of organic hops to supply the many Colrado craft brewers.”The biodynamic standard helps us use the farm’s own natural assets to grow better, more expressive fruit with a lighter footprint than conventional or other organic standards,” said Lance Hanson, owner of Jack Rabbit Hill. Soil, plant and wine vitality are supported with a range of holistic biodynamic practices: composting for building soils, compost and herb teas for plant nutrition, habitat for diverse insects and microorganisms for balancing pests, and livestock for manuring. No synthetic fertilizers or biocides are used at Jack Rabbit Hill. 2009 Mesa Winds Farm Pinot gris, 2009 Dill Farm Riesling, 2008 M&N estate and the 2008 Barn Red estate will be poured at the tasting. Vin48’s chef/owner, Charles Hayes, will pair the wines with appetizers.”Lance’s wines show what is possible from the arid climate of western Colorado,” said Greg Eynon, owner and wine director of vin48. “In addition it’s great to see natural winemaking practiced so close to home.” The event is part of vin48’s Summer Tasting Series, which takes place every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. vin48 serves wines from visiting winemakers, importers and industry insiders, and pairs it with Hays’ cuisine. All the wines served are available for purchase at discounted prices from Beaver Liquors in Avon.

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