Our seminar topic is “The State of the American Rhone Nation,” with David White as the Moderator.
David is the founder and editor of Terroirist (blog) and a freelance writer for The World of Fine Wines, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. Here’s David’s Bio.
For this seminar we will explore and taste through the principal Rhone categories, presented by:
- VIOGNIER: Horton Vineyards 2013 Viognier, Presented by Mike Heny
- WHITE RHONE BLEND: Eberle 2012 “Cotes-du-Robles Blanc,” Presented by Ben Mayo
- ROSE: Tablas Creek 2013 Patelin de Tablas Rosé, Presented by Jason Haas
- RED RHONE BLEND: Donelan Cuvee Moriah 2012 Red Blend, Presented by Cushing Donelan
- OTHER RED: Ridge Buchignani Ranch 2012 Carignane, Presented by David Gates
- GRENACHE: Two Shepherds 2012 Grenache, Saralee's Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Presented by William Allen
- SYRAH: Wrath “Doctor’s Vineyard” Santa Lucia Highlands 2011 Syrah, Presented by Chris Whaley
- MOURVEDRE: Bonny Doon “Old Telegram” 2010 Mourvedre, Presented by Garn Van Ostrand
Space is very limited!
When & Where
The Rhone Rangers are a group of roughly 150 wineries dedicated to making wines from the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France’s Rhone Valley.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).