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Storied sparkling winemaker pours in Avon

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado- Avon restaurant and wine bar, vin48, is hosting California sparkling wine producer, Schramsberg Vineyards, for its summer tasting series.

Laurent Sarazin, vice president of marketing for Schramsberg, will be at vin48 Wednesday to pour and inform attendees about the storied history of Schramsberg.

“Summer has finally arrived in the Vail Valley and what a better way to toast to the warm weather than with California’s most historic sparkling wine house.” said Greg Eynon, wine director and owner of vin48.-

“It is rare to have a domestic winery with a history dating back to the mid-19th century,” Eynon said. “It is a testament to the quality of Schramsberg wines and the lineage of owners like the Davies who have carried on the Schramsberg tradition.”

Every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the restaurant will serve wines from visiting winemakers, importers and industry insiders, and pair it with chef and owner Charles Hays’ cuisine. All the wines will be available for purchase at discounted prices from Beaver Liquors in Avon.

In 1965, Jack and Jamie Davies established Schramsberg as a sparkling wine estate on property originally founded in 1862 by German immigrant Jacob Schram. At a time when there were only 20 wineries in Napa Valley and fewer than 50 acres of California vineyard planted to chardonnay and pinot noir, they set out to make world-class sparkling wine in the true methode champenoise style.

Schramsberg was the first California winery to produce a blanc de blancs, followed by blanc de noirs in 1968. Today, the Davies’ son, Hugh – who was born the same year the Davies arrived at Schramsberg – manages the winery and leads its winemaking team.

Schramsberg creates the following styles of sparkling wine: Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Brut Rose, Cremant, Mirabelle Brut, Mirabelle Rose, J. Schram and J. Schram Rose.

The Schramsberg estate is located on Diamond Mountain, a few miles south of Calistoga, Calif. The original Victorian house built by Jacob Schram in 1889, the winery, an old barn and the historic caves have been restored by the Davies family. The Schramsberg estate totals 220 acres with 50 acres planted to vines.

For more information about the vin48 event, call 970-748- 9463 or visit

What: Wine tasting with Laurent Sarazin from Schramsberg

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: vin48 Restaurant and Wine Bar, 48 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., Avon

Cost: $20, includes food and wine

More information: Call 970-748- 9463 or visit

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