Wine tasting series continues at Vin 48 in Avon |

Wine tasting series continues at Vin 48 in Avon

Special to the DailySomerston Vineyard in Napa, Calif.

AVON, Colorado ” Vin48, Avon, Colorado restaurant and wine bar, is hosting Napa Valley winemaker Craig Becker for its $25 wine tasting series. The event will take place tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the wine bar’s balcony.

“This will be the first public tasting to showcase Priest Ranch wines-in Colorado,” said Greg Enyon, owner and wine director at Vin48. “We are excited to see more remote areas of Napa Valley like Somerston Estate being shown to the public.”

Becker is a seasoned winemaker and has worked with a wide range of varieties planted at some of California’s top vineyards. He began his winemaking career with Robert Mondavi Oakville, followed by several years at Spring Mountain Estate. In 1999, Becker began consulting for the Peacock Family Vineyards in Napa Valley. He’s also made wine for a handful of other prestigious properties, including Starlane Dierberg Vineyard and Winery, Balcom Family Cellars, Dovetail, Kelleher Estate and Coniglio.In the winery, Becker guides rather than manipulates the fruit to capture varietal accuracy and the character of the site.

Somerston Estate, the exclusive source of fruit for Priest Ranch, is located high in the eastern hills of Napa Valley in a place called Elder Valley. This remote, untamed viticultural frontier is eight miles due east of Rutherford, midway between Lake Hennessy and Lake Berryessa. The diverse terrain features a wide range of valley, hillside and mountain sites.

“The Priest Ranch wines only consist of three single varietals, single vineyard and estate grown Petite Sirah, Cabernet and Zinfandel; the Petite being the lead in this line up. We have been told by many respected Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers that it may be one of the finest Petites coming out of California. It is big but elegant,” said David Zierowski, partner in Priest Ranch and High Flyer.

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What: Wine tasting with winemaker Craig Becker of High Flyer Wines and Priest Ranch Wines

When: Today, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Where: Vin48 Restaurant and Wine Bar, 48 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., Avon

Cost: $25

More information: Call 970-748-WINE (9463) or visit

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