UPDATE: Winner ~ Monique Dublis

CONTEST. Just comment this week on Wine-Blog (on any story throughout the week). On Saturday, March 10, I’ll have a drawing for a pair of tickets to the Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting. Good luck, one and all. Here’s the skinny!

More than 100 Vintners to Gather in San Francisco for the
15th Annual Rhone Rangers
Weekend Celebration of American Rhone Wines
March 24-25, 2012


Fans of American Rhone wines will gather for the 15th Annual Rhone Rangers San Francisco Tasting on March 24th and 25th at Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion, the largest American Rhone wine event in the country. Over 2,000 consumers and members of the trade are expected to attend for the opportunity to taste over 500 of the best American Rhone wines from at least 100 Rhone Rangers member wineries. Tickets are now on sale at www.rhonerangers.org.

The 15th annual celebration will include two days of tasting, seminars, and a dinner:

Saturday, March 24

  • Rare Wines; Taste the Unusual. From Picpoul to Counoise and beyond, come and meet the rarest Rhones and find out what makes them so unusual.
  • Wine & Swine, A pairing of American Rhones with Bacon. Some say everything tastes better with bacon, we say how about bacon with your wine! This seminar will demonstrate the bacon-friendly aspects of your favorite Rhone varieties.

Sunday, March 25

  • A celebration of Syrah from diverse regions. Rhone Rangers producers are pushing the envelope on Syrah in a variety of ways. Come and taste the most widely grown Rhone variety from points north and south, east and west.

On the evening of Saturday, March 24, seventeen wineries will join together for a winemaker dinner and live auction at the newly opened General’s Residence at Fort Mason. The dinner will be catered by Sonoma’s the Girl & the Fig Restaurant (famous for its “Rhone Alone” wine list), and offers an opportunity to share a meal with seventeen leading Rhone Rangers winemakers.

Following dinner, a live auction will feature wine, unique wine country experiences and travel packages donated by the host winemakers. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to help educate the next generation of American Rhone winemakers. Tickets for this special evening are $150.

The Grand Tasting, on Sunday, March 25th, features over 500 of the best American Rhone wines from more than 100 Rhone Rangers member wineries. More than 2000 trade and consumer attendees will also taste gourmet products from food purveyors and food trucks will provide opportunities to pair wine with a variety of cuisines.


Tickets are now on sale and the public is invited to purchase them online at WWW.RHONERANGERS.ORG or call (800) 467-0163. Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Weekend Pass: $185 ~ (includes all Seminars and VIP admission to the Grand Tasting; does not include the winemaker dinner)
  • Saturday Seminar: Rare & Unusual Wines: $45
  • Saturday Seminar: Wine & Swine: $65
  • Sunday Seminar: American Syrah from Diverse Regions: $55
  • Winemaker Dinner: $150
  • Grand Tasting: $45, $50 at the door
  • Grand Tasting VIP: $75

Credentialed members of the wine trade and media can register online for the Grand Tasting at www.rhonerangers.org/traderegistrationsf, or send an email to info@rhonerangers.org for further information.



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