The 2013 San Francisco Celebration of American Rhones Weekend Pass includes one ticket for each of the following events: the Winemaker Dinner on Friday, March 22, 2013, and the Seminar Series (Old World Inspiration & New World Innovation; Mourvedre, A Rising Star in the World of American Rhones), and VIP Admission to the Grand Tasting on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Saves $25 off the a la carte ticket prices.
The Rhone Rangers are a group of roughly 150 wineries dedicated to making wines from the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France’s Rhone Valley. These varieties range from the better-known Syrah and Viognier to the up-and-coming Mourvèdre, Grenache and Roussanne, to obscure (but delicious) grapes like Counoise and Picpoul.
The Rhone Rangers started from a small gathering of American vintners who began meeting informally in the 1980s. As their numbers expanded, the group organized under the name “Rhone Rangers.” The Rhone Rangers is a non-profit organization focused on promoting the enjoyment of Rhone varietal wines produced in the United States. These grapes include the 22 traditional varieties approved by the French government for the Côtes du Rhone, as well as Durif (Petite Sirah). In order for a winery to join the Rhone Rangers, they must produce at least one wine that contains 75% of any single approved varietal (or combination of these varietals).