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Sip Colorado wine, learn about biodynamic farming

Published: Stewart Oksenhorn/Aspen Times Weekly

AVON – Vin48 restaurant in Avon is hosting winemaker Lance Hanson of Jack Rabbit Hill Winery and Peak Spirits Thursday night. Hanson will be at vin48 from 6 to 9 p.m. today to pour a fight of three Jack Rabbit Hill wines . Any guest who orders the Jack Rabbit Flight will be greeted tableside by Hanson, who will share a little back-story and insight into these delicious wines from Hotchkiss, Colorado.

“Lance has upped the bar for Colorado wines and spirits,” said Greg Eynon, owner and wine director of vin48. “Lance has a dynamic personality and it is always an entertaining and educational time learning about biodynamic farming in Colorado.”

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 Cap Rock organic gin and vodka as well as a host of grappas and eaux de vies.

The farm also has 20 acres of pasture with small families of cattle, sheep and chickens, and 12 acres of protected wildlife habitat.

Most recently Hanson planted 10 acres of organic hops to supply the many Colorado craft brewers. This year Lance was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for outstanding wine and spirits professional.

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“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 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.

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