Vail Valley restaurant will become stop for traveling winemakers |

Vail Valley restaurant will become stop for traveling winemakers

Wren Wertin/Vail Daily

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – It’s not summer in Colorado’s Vail Valley yet, but that didn’t stop August from making an appearance. On a week-long tour of Colorado, Joe Briggs stopped at Avon’s Vin 48 Wednesday to pour his August Briggs vintages, talk about the wines and share some of chef-owner Charles Hay’s tasty nibbles.

Briggs’ full name is August Joe Briggs, but he went by his middle name, Joe, as a kid. “Where I grew up, if you were named August you had to be a good fighter,” he said. “I wasn’t.”

But August Briggs makes for a better wine label than Joe Briggs, especially for the kind of wine he’s making. His palate’s changed in the past decade, and his wines reflect that. Where he once created buttery, oaked Chardonnays, he now presents leaner, cleaner whites. Both his 2008 Leveroni Chardonnay and 2007 Pinot Noir (from Dijon clones) are food-friendly vintages.

The crew at Vin 48, including Hays and his co-owners, sommelier Greg Eynon and restaurateur Collin Baugh, are planning a full slate of tastings this summer. Once they get started, they’ll happen every Wednesday. The $20 price tag includes noshing, wine and gratuity, in addition to conversation with the people who actually make the wine.

For more information on upcoming tastings, visit the restaurant’s Web site at

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