Part 5 of The 12 Days of Wine Christmas: Wine Seminar Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for Wine Event Lovers and Rhone Hounds
I can’t think of a better gift you can buy tonight or tomorrow to put in a stocking or under the tree: Seminar passes to two of my most beloved wine events of the year: Hospice du Rhone and the generic levitra australia Rhone Rangers March Grand Weekend.
If you have a loved one that lives in the Bay Area or Paso Robles, is already into wine, or keen to learn a lot more, these two weekend events, and their seminars, are an amazing experience.
Hospice du Rhone – 20 Year Anniversary. April 26-28
You will here me gush more as this event gets closer. Held every in Paso Robles, this event is a complete immersion of Rhone education of tastings, pairings, and seminars. This years event looks like it will trump all others. HdR is different from the Rhone Rangers event in a number of ways, one being its focus on International as well as domestic producers. Its a global event, literally.
The Seminars usually are not sold a la carte, and this is only the second year, and in limited quantities. Seminars so far are:
Seminar One: Why Spain (continues to) Rock!
Seminar Two: The Return of the Bionic Frog
- Christophe Baron of Cayuse will take us through his wines of Walla Walla, Washington.
Seminar Three: A Collective Quest
- Pierre Gaillard, Yves Cuilleron and Francois Villard take the stage to share their wines of Les Vins de Vienne
Seminar Four: Research, Revelations and the Art of Being Different
- Chester Osborn of d’Arenberg, Australia will take the guests on an in depth tasting and discussion of his wines and research.
These seminars are $155 a piece. Or show them you REALLY love them and but the whole weekend experience, seminars and tastings, for $795
Tickets and info are here.
The Rhone Rangers: A Weekend Celebration of American Rhones. March 24-25th
year Fans of American Rhone wines gather for the Annual Rhone Rangers San Francisco Tasting.
This event has grown in scope and success and is the largest American Rhone wine event in the country. Over 2,000 consumers and members of the trade attend for the opoortunity to taste over 500 of the best American Rhone wines from more than 100 Rhone Rangers member wineries.
While many thin
k of the event as just the Ft Mason Grand tasting, its actually evolved into two days with three seminars, a winemaker dinner, the Grand Tasting, and a live and silent auction. Tickets can be purchased a la carte, or for the best pricing use the weekend daytime events pass.
SEMINAR #1: RARE WINES, COME TASTE THE UNUSUAL, Saturday, March 24, 2012, $45/ticket
SEMINAR #2: WINE & SWINE, A PAIRING OF RHONE VARIETIES WITH BACON, Saturday, March 24, 2012 $65/ticket
SEMINAR #3: AMERICAN SYRAH FROM A VARIETY OF REGIONS, Sunday, March 25, 2012, 11 AM, Fort Mason $55/ticket
Tickets information and purchase is here.
Happy Holidays and Rhone On!!