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Rhone Rangers Paso Robles 2016

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          The Paso Robles Chapter of the Rhone Rangers organization is dedicated to the education and promotion of Rhone varietals and Rhone blends to local trade, media, and consumers, and of Paso Robles as a top California region in the production of outstanding Rhone varietal grapes and wines.

-Rhone Rangers Mission Statement

2016 is going to be a good year for Paso Robles. We as a wine region are becoming more well known and loved and continually evolving our approach to wine making and tourism. This includes several educational and fun events from the Rhone Rangers. The first event will be Sunday, February 14th, 2016 at Broken Earth Winery. There will be a “Rhone Essentials” Seminar in which you taste a top example of each of the principal categories of Paso Robles Rhone wines are you hear from winemakers and principals who have chosen the Rhone Ranger route in Paso Robles. The seminar panel will be moderated by Esther Mobley, Wine, Beer & Spirits Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. The wineries and speakers representing the major categories will be:

  • Viognier: Four Lanterns (Steve Gleason, Owner)
  • Roussanne: Cass Winery (Steerling Kragten, Winemaker)
  • White Rhone Blend: Calcareous (Jason Joyce, Winemaker)
  • Dry Rose: Halter Ranch (Molly Lonborg, Associate Winemaker)
  • Grenache: Broken Earth Winery (Chris Cameron, Winemaker)
  • Mourvedre: Adelaida Cellars (Jeremy Weintraub, Winemaker)
  • Syrah: Alta Colina Winery (Bob Tillman, Owner/Winemaker)
  • Red Rhone Blend: Pomar Junction (Jim Shumate, Winemaker)
  • Petite Sirah: ONX Winery (Brian Brown, Winemaker)

Following the seminar will be a Vintners’ Lunch in which seminar participants will be joined by Rhone Rangers principles and winemakers for a gourmet banquet lunch, prepared by local chef Jeffery Scott (click here to see the menu). The members’ Rhone wines will be passed freely among the luncheon and you’ll get to interact with the wine producers. Next, there will be a Grand Tasting & Silent Auction in which you will taste nearly 150 wines from the complete membership of the Paso Robles Rhone Rangers, including top single Rhone varietals and the best in Rhone blends.  During the Grand Tasting, bid on lots donated by Rhone Rangers member wineries and help support the Rhone Rangers scholarship fund!

Seminar and Luncheon 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM (Silent Auction Preview 10:00am-10:30am)

Grand Tasting and Silent Auction 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Tickets for the seminar and lunch are $90, and seminar/lunch attendees will receive free entry into the Grand Tasting.  Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $35, and free to qualified trade and media (advance registration is required). 

Purchase tickets to the Rhone Rangers Experience

Sign up for the Rhone Rangers email list here


2016 “Varietal Nights” Series
Beyond the Rhone Rangers Experience, there will be eight smaller tastings throughout the year, each focused on a grape or a style of wine and hosted by a different Paso Robles Rhone Rangers winery. The 2016 schedule is below; tickets for each event go on sale about 6 weeks before the event:

  • January 19 (at Derby) Petite Sirah
  • March 8 (at Thacher) Red Rhone Blends
  • April 19 (at Alta Colina) Mourvedre Seminar & Tasting 
  • May 24 (Venue TBA) Rose 
  • June 21 (at Eberle) White Rhone Wines of Summer
  • August 16 (at Cass Winery) BBQ Dinner & Tasting of Best White & Red Rhone
  • September 16 (at Tooth & Nail) Grenache
  • December 6 (at Niner) Holiday sit-down dinner & Syrah tasting




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