Ode to the Rhone (Rangers)…

Rhone RangersOh how I love the Rhone. The region in France, the 22 grapes (11 red, 11 white) that are part of its heritage and the variations of these wines made around the world. Now I could go on and on about the many reasons but I would never get to my point which is that the 15th Annual Rhone Rangers Tasting here in San Francisco is just around the corner (March 24-25th, 2012 at Fort Mason) and I have a pair of tickets to giveaway.

For context more than a 100 wineries will be on hand pouring (over 500 wines) including many of my favorites So where to start? Perhaps with some of my long time favorites like Bonny Doon, Tablas Creek, Unti Vineyards and Ridge. There are also quite a few on the list I’ve recently become a fan of that I would love to explore further such as Clos Saron, Core Wines, Quady North and Zaca Mesa. And lastly of course those I’ve yet to try but heard many good things about like Alta Colina, Inspiration Vineyards and Two Shepherds.

The best part? If you find something you like you can buy it on the spot at the event. So much better than having to try (many times fruitlessly) to track it down later. But the tasting isn’t the only thing happening. There is a full schedule consisting of a winemaker’s dinner and a number of seminars including the “Come Taste the Unusual” I’d love to attend. Perhaps it’s for the best (for my wallet) that I will be out of the town that weekend.

That said hopefully you can be there. And with that now it is your turn to share. I mentioned I have a pair of tickets to give away. To make it easy let me know (here or on Facebook) what your favorite grape of the Rhone is and/or your favorite wine made from these varietals. That will get you into the drawing which I’ll do at 5pm PST on Monday March 19th. If you convince me to go out and buy a bottle based on your story I’ll even throw in a bonus entry. So there you have it. Let’s get to sharing…

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9 thoughts on “Ode to the Rhone (Rangers)…

  1. I like Syrah grapes. Rosenblum Cellers has a 2008 Kick Ranch Reserve Syrah that goes great with a peppered New York Strip Steak!

  2. Rhone varietals want to be blended, so I’ll nominate Cuvee le Bec from Beckman. I believe it’s a grenache dominated blend, with syrah and possibly mourvedre.

  3. Tablas Creek’s Esprit de Beaucastel is one of my favourites based on mourvedre, syrah, grenache, and a touch of counoise.

  4. Years ago a find of Old Vine Grenache turned into a case, which turned into devoted interest to this grape as I tasted through that case over the years. I am also looking forward to journeying through some Petite Sirahs!!

  5. Frick in northern sonoma county is turning out some amazing rhone blends. Their C2, a blend of counoise and cinsault was especially delicious and unlike the vast majority of wines in the dry creek area.

  6. And our winner is Ernie! For all others interested general admission to the grand tasting (March 25th from 2-5pm) is $45 and well worth the price of admission (tickets available here). Hope some of you make it out and in the meantime we will wait to hear back from Ernie on how the latest vintage of Cuvee le Bec is tasting!

  7. My favorite varietal of grapes is Barbera. I am a sucker for Italian Wine. Barbera back in the day use to be a poor mans grape. Everyone in Italy had it growing in their yard. Barbera usually has intense fruit flavor, acidic with sometimes a spice finish.

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