For “Sonoma William” its Christmas early – off to Paso Robles for Hospice du Rhone 2010. (Posting from the car actually via Netbook and mobile wireless.)
Hospice du Rhone – The biggest US tasting of Rhone wines assembled – 393 Rhone wines from 130 wine producers, from 6 countries and 10,000 Riedel stems a day.
This is my first time attending, and couldn’t be more thrilled. While I drink and enjoy all wines, Rhone red and whites have become my favorite, even surpassing Burgundian wines (Pinot and Chardonnay.)
Each day I will be attending (and writing thanks to my new Netbook) in seminars , grand tastings and food pairings. Seminars range from “The Past, Present and Future of South African Syrah” to “Washington State: The Perfect Haven for “The Ultimate Terroirist” as well as fun events like a Rose lunch, Live Auctions, the Sommelier Soiree with entertainment by the tunes of Grammy Award winner Louie Ortega and his band.
Since its been a decade since I have been to Paso Robles (it won’t be another ten years I promise, more like 10 weeks!) and the days are full with the ‘labor’ of tasting food and wine 8 hours a day, we are going to try and fit a few Rhone wineries in this afternoon, traffic withstanding. Hoping to fit in Alta Colina, Edward Sellers, Villa Creek, and Nadeau. We will of course attempt to visit most of the Paso Robles wineries pouring each day.
I will be posting regular updates on Twitter, my personal Facebook page, and of course the Simple Hedonisms site, hope you will enjoy the virtual tour.