reported by Xochitl Maiman
Rhone Rangers – American Rhone wines take center stage at the Skirball Cultural Center – Saturday, August 6, 2016
The Rhone Rangers are a group of 150 wineries dedicated to making wines from the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France’s Rhone Valley.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 lesser known Grenache, Mourvèdre and Roussanne, to the more obscure, but equally intriguing grapes like Counoise and Picpoul.
This summer The Rhone Rangers will hold their Grand Tasting as part of a full day of events, including a seminar, luncheon and silent auction featuring rare and unique wine and lifestyle lots. The seminar, moderated by Wine & Spirits writer Patrick Comiskey, will focus on Rhone blends and a panel of winemakers will weigh in on the art of blending Rhone wine varietals.
• Kale Wines – Kale Anderson, owner/winemaker
• Larner Vineyard – Michael Larner, winemaker/general manager
• Qupé – Bob Lindquist, owner/winemaker
• Ridge Vineyards – David Gates, vice president of vineyard operations
• Tablas Creek Vineyard – Jason Haas, partner/general manager
• Tercero Wines – Larry Schaffer, owner/winemaker
• Two Shepherds – William Allen, owner/winemaker
The winemaker luncheon will showcase a variety of rosé and white wines paired with a sumptuous buffet served on the patio overlooking the beautifully landscaped Skirball grounds.
The event continues with the grand tasting and will feature over 40 wineries. This walk around tasting will provide the unique opportunity to meet the winemakers and winery owners and begin to understand their passion for making wines with Rhone varietals. New this year in the grand tasting is a VIP lounge with seating, food and specially selected wines to sample.
Saturday Pass: Winemaker seminar, luncheon and VIP grand tasting – $150
VIP Pass: Early admission to the grand tasting and the VIP area – $85
Grand tasting: General Admission to the grand tasting. 2:30 – 5:30pm – $65
All Los Angeles events are taking place at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90049. Parking is complimentary.
Look to your favorite Rhone producing winery for ticket promotions.
At the time of this posting the following wineries were scheduled to pour:
Adelaida Cellars – Andrew Murray Vineyard – Beckmen Vineyards – Bernat – Bonny Doon – Broken Earth Winery – Calcareous Vineyard – Cass Winery – Chacewater – Clayhoue Wines – CONSILIENCE WINES – Derby WIne Estates – Ecluse WInes – Epoch Estate Wines – Fess Parker & Epiphany – Four Brix Winery – Halter Ranch Vineyard – Hearst Ranch Winery – Jaffurs Wine Cellars – Kaena Wine – Kale Wines – Kaleidos – Kenneth Volk Vineyards – Larner Vineyard & Winery – Leverage – Lone Madrone – Martian Ranch & Vineyard – Morgan Winery – Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery – Qupe – Record Family Wines – Ridge Vineyards – Rock Wall Wine Company – Sculpterra Winery – Stolpman Vineyards – Tablas Creek Vineyard – Tercero Wines – The Withers Winery – Treana & Hope Family Wines – Two Shepherds – Villa Creek Cellars – Vina Robles – Zinke Wines
I’LL DRINK TO THAT!