RHONE RANGERS 2014 SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA WEEKEND PASS (includes winemaker dinner, 2 seminars plus VIP admission to the Grand Tasting)
Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM (PDT)
Join us as we criss-cross San Francisco Bay for the 17th Annual Weekend Celebration of American Rhone Wines. The WEEKEND PASS includes one ticket to the Winemaker Dinner on Saturday, April 5 at The General's Residence at Fort Mason, plus two tasting seminars on Sunday, April 6 at The Craneway Conference Center and Pavilion,: "The Rise of the Rhone Garagiste" and "Grenache: The Most Widely Planted Red Wine Grape in the World," followed by VIP Entry to the Grand Tasting at 1 PM. Enjoy wines from more than 100 wineries, offering 400+ wines to choose from. All events are 21-and-over-only; no minors will be admitted. Government issued photo IDs will be checked at the door.
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The Rhone Rangers are a group of roughly 150 wineries dedicated to making wines from the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France’s Rhone Valley.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).