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Taste French wines and Utah craft beers in Avon at vin48

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Zach Locke, left, listens as winemaker Stephan Tissot listens in the Jura region of France.
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AVON — Select French wines from the Eagle-based Old World Imports will be showcased at vin48 in Avon Wednesday night as part of the restaurant and wine bar’s weekly tasting series. In addition to wine this week, vin48 welcomes award winning craft brewery Uinta from Salt Lake City.

Zach Locke, Eagle County resident and owner of Old World Imports, will pour four of his favorite regional French wines. Old World Imports and Old World Wine Co. has a philosophy of sourcing and bringing quality French and Austrian wines to Colorado. The principals used in deciding which wines to import and distribute are based on three main standards: quality, sense of place and value. All of the wines chosen must meet these criteria, Locke said.

Locke only works with producers who grow their own grapes and make their own wines with top quality standards, year in and year out. They must be representative of their terroir and varietal. And they must be an appropriate price for their appellation.

The second table at the vin48’s tasting will feature the craft beers of Uinta from Salt Lake City.

Uinta Brewing Company embarked upon its mission of brewing world class, full-flavored, craft-brewed beer in the winter of 1993. From a small, renovated mechanic’s garage located in Salt Lake City, Uinta began distributing a tasty variety of beer ranging from 4 to over 10 percent alcohol by volume to local bars, restaurants and liquor stores. Demand escalated, resulting in the installation of a bottling line in 1996. Then, in 2001, having outgrown its original building, Uinta built and relocated to a 26,000-square-foot facility.

Uinta Brewing is named after an east-west mountain range located in northeastern Utah. Many of Uinta’s beer names are inspired by Utah’s diverse landscapes or have historical significance. Cutthroat Pale Ale, Uinta’s flagship beer, is named after Utah’s state fish. Subsequent beer names followed suit, such as King’s Peak Porter, named after Utah’s highest peak, Golden Spike Hefeweizen, named after the spike used to commemorate the completion of the transcontinental railroad in Utah, and Dubhe, named after the Utah Centennial star.

Vin48 chef and owner Charles Hayes 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 products from visiting winemakers, breweries, importers and industry insiders and pairs them with Hayes’ cuisine. The cost of the tasting event is $25 and includes the wine tasting and food. All of the wines served are available for purchase at discounted prices from Beaver Liquors in Avon.

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