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Tag Archives: Rhone

• Drown in the Rhône

Drown in the Rhône

monsieur marcel was the place for Jean-Luc Colombo’s Master class in wines of the Southern Rhône.  With an absurdly overt French name as monsieur marcel, it felt like the kind of swank establishment Betty and Megan Draper would frequent for their night out in the city.  Later, Megan would entertain Don and pals with a […]

• Rhone Rangers Ride Into L.A. for Grand Tasting at Vibiana 6/23

Rhone Rangers Ride Into L.A. for Grand Tasting at Vibiana 6/23

The Rhone Rangers ride into Los Angeles, with over 50 wineries pouring their American- grown Rhone wines. The events include a seminar, lunch with the winemakers and a walk- around tasting reception.  See different types of tickets (general admission/VIP) below. GENERAL ADMISSION | 3-6pm This event takes place at Vibiana, an historic site located in […]

• Climate change threatens wine production geographically

Climate change threatens wine production geographically

Global warming will make it difficult to raise grapes in traditional wine country, but will shift production to other regions. Bid adieu to Bordeaux, but also, quite possibly, a hello to Chateau Yellowstone. Researchers predict a two-thirds fall in production in the world’s premier wine regions because of climate change. The study forecasts sharp declines […]

• Pitt, Jolie Will Release Wine Formerly Called Pink Floyd

Pitt, Jolie Will Release Wine Formerly Called Pink Floyd

It’s a new rose from their 1,000-acre estate, Chateau Miraval, in Correns, France. The A-list Hollywood couple began leasing the Provence property in 2008 and now own it. The wine is part of their joint venture with the Famille Perrin, which owns Chateau Beaucastel, in the Chateauneuf-du- Pape region of the southern Rhone Valley. “We […]

• Rhône varieties are the future for South Africa

Rhône varieties are the future for South Africa

Chenin Blanc pioneer Ken Forrester has spoken out about South Africa’s obsession with Bordeaux blends, believing the country’s future lies with Rhône varieties. in South Africa, but Rhône varieties is where we should be headed,” Forrester told the drinks businessat Cape Wine 2012 in Cape Town last week. “We have the ideal climate for them, […]

• Hospice du Rhône: 20th Year of The Wine Event this April 26-28

Hospice du Rhône: 20th Year of The Wine Event this April 26-28

Twenty Years of Hospice du Rhône in 2012! Mark your calendar for the 20th gathering of the Hospice du Rhône wine event taking place April 26-28, 2012 in Paso Robles, California. For the past 20 years, three-days in the late spring have been reserved for an exclusive weekend surrounding all things Rhône. A palate provoking weekend […]

• Late harvest could yield superior U.S. wines

Late harvest could yield superior U.S. wines

Despite a late harvest in the Sonoma region of California and heavy rains that tore through vineyards, California wine makers expect this year’s grapes to yield superior wines. Like other grape growers in the region Saralee Kunde is coping with the impact of the delayed harvest because of the above average rainfall and cool summer […]

• Wine outlook positive across French regions

Wine outlook positive across French regions

Champagne, the Loire and the Rhône have all released statements that hint at a good 2011 vintage. Although this year’s harvest is much earlier than normal, hopes are high that it will prove successful. In Champagne, picking began on 19 August, the earliest harvest since 2003, which was in itself the earliest since the 19th […]

• In case you missed this year’s Hospice du Rhone in Paso Robles

In case you missed this year’s Hospice du Rhone in Paso Robles

For two days every spring, the unlikely spot of Paso Robles becomes a pilgrimage site for fans of wines made from grape varieties from France’s Rhone Valley. It’s always a time for discovery: unfamiliar wines, up-and-coming producers, unusual grape varieties. (The motto of Hospice du Rhone is “22 varieties, one vision,” and even Rhone devotees […]

• Rhône producer Michel Chapoutier champions Sylvaner & dry Riesling

Rhône producer Michel Chapoutier champions Sylvaner & dry Riesling

Infamous Rhône producer Michel Chapoutier said he plans to champion Sylvaner and dry Riesling at the global launch of his new label from Alsace, called Schieferkopf. Speaking at the tasting in London on Tuesday this week, he said: “There is a position for Sylvaner and we have to defend that,” adding: “I have been very […]

• Whoa. Robert Parker relinquishes reviewing California wine

Whoa. Robert Parker relinquishes reviewing California wine

Over the weekend came stunning news in the relatively cozy world of wine writing: Robert Parker, founder of the Wine Advocate and arguably the most influential wine critic ever, is going to hand off responsibilities for reviewing California wine. Parker handed the reins to one of his key lieutenants, Antonio Galloni, who has been responsible […]

• Preposterous. Sommeliers, Stewards Say Syrah Slow to Sell

It seems preposterous that Syrah gets such a beating when wine industry professionals try to explain away why this particular varietal is slow to sell.  Critics and reviewers alike have recently been assigning high scores to wines made from Syrah and the quality of American Syrah has risen massively in the past decade.  Not to […]

• Beyond Viognier, California Rhone-style whites

Beyond Viognier, California Rhone-style whites

As Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio remain stuck in monotone, it’s a pleasure to see an ever-expanding roster of West Coast wineries producing Rhone-style efforts – beyond the once-and-again fortunes of Viognier (which we taste separately). In part, it might be because more fruit is available; nearly twice as much Grenache Blanc was crushed in 2009 […]

Tasting with the Rhone Rangers

Tasting with the Rhone Rangers

Okay, so today I went to the Rhone Rangers Los Angeles wine tasting, on an empty stomach – not such a good idea – but made it through tasting a ton of wine. First of all, I’ve got to get this out of the way: I’m a French wine fan. California wines use a hammer […]

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