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Celebrity chef Kelly Liken partners with Avalon Wines

8 May, 2012

GRATON, Calif -- One of America’s most promising female chefs, Kelly Liken, is partnering with California’s Avalon Winery to pair fresh and innovative recipes with Avalon wines.

Avalon has teamed up with Liken to provide recipes that will be featured on the winery’s website and in-store promotional materials, including neck tags on bottles of Avalon California Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Merlot and California Sauvignon Blanc. The first recipe, Roasted Colorado Rack of Lamb with a Spring Pea Sauté by Chef Liken pairs with Avalon California Cabernet  -

National Sales Manager of Avalon Winery, Michael Mestas commented on the partnership. “We are very excited about this collaboration between Avalon Wines and Kelly Liken.  It's a perfect pairing of talent and quality.” Mestas said.

Liken, a Pennsylvania native, is owner and executive chef at Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail, Colorado.  In 2008, she was featured in Bon Appetit’s “Women Chefs: The Next Generation” and was a 2009 and 2010 James Beard Semi-Finalist for Best Chef Southwest. She has made numerous national television appearances including NBC’s Today Show and has been a contestant on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Season 7 of Bravo’s Top Chef.

Avalon Winery, located in Sonoma County, California, produces top selling wines recognized for outstanding quality. The winery also has a great environmental report card, employing cutting edge energy and water efficient practices at its winery.   World-class winemaking techniques combined with a culture of responsible resource conservation results in quality both inside and outside the bottle.

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