Wine Tasting - New Releases of California Rhone Style Reds|
DECEMBER 12TH 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of California Rhone Style Reds, for inclusion on our list. Stuart Timmons of Farrell Distribution will be on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions. Why blend red wines together? There are many rationales. Most obvious is to ameliorate the shortcomings of one wine by adding another with a different set of deficiencies, saving both varieties. The reason that most inexpensive New World wines are without obvious flaw is because they are blends. Most varietally labeled wines are also blends. The laws governing blending vary greatly from country to country. In the U. S. A. a wine may be varietally labeled if 75% of the wine consists of the named variety. So don't imagine that when you purchase a wine labeled Cabernet Sauvignon there isn't a little of something else in there-up to 25%. The past decade has seen a strong trend away from pure varietally labeled wines in the U. S. A. Wine lovers have apparently grown tired of varietal wines that resemble each other too closely and are intrigued by blended wines with proprietary names. American Rhone-style wines are made from the same grapes that have flourished for centuries in France's Rhone River Valley, and their growing popularity in the United States speaks to their versatility with food, wide range of rich flavors, and to the skills of American winemakers. For a wine to qualify as a "Rhone Rangers" wine, the winery must be a member of the organization and 75% of the wine's content must include one or more of the twenty-two traditional Rhone grape varieties as approved by the French government for the wines of the Cotes du Rhone (including Petite Sirah/Durif). In France's Rhone Valley, twenty-two traditional grape varieties may be grown. Twelve of these grapes are planted in the United States, including the best-known Syrah and Viognier, the up and coming Mourvedre, Grenache, Roussanne and Marsanne, and the truly obscure (but delicious) Counoise, Cinsaut, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul. Plus Petite Sirah, whose parentage places it clearly in the Rhone. Perhaps most exciting, most of these grapes play well with others, and most Rhone Rangers wineries produce blends as well as single-varietal wines. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Clayhouse Vineyard, Syrah, Paso Robles 2008
Cameron Hughes, "Lot 251", Arroyo Seco 2009
Edward Sellers, Syrah, Paso Robles 2008
Kiamie, "R'own Style Blend" Paso Robles 2006
Edward Sellers, "Le Thief", Paso Robles 2008
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $20.00 fee per person.
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