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What Hurricane? Rhone Rangers Ride to NYC Nov 7th – Details, Relief Efforts, Promo Code & Ticket Contest #RRNY

The good citizens of New York are enduring much these days, and my heart goes out to them. Does that make it inappropriate to hold a wine event, or talk about wine?

Watching my Facebook, Twitter streams of friends, I don't think so. Every snow or hurricane party I can think, of beverages have played a key part, and for those without power, it seems the local watering hole is more important than ever.

Indeed, James Molesworth of Wine Spectator  tweeted this afternoon:
“Pulling many corks tonite. Doorbell ringing w/ trick or treaters – normalcy. Friends/refugees coming for electricity/dinner – responsibility”

Now thats

the spirit!

Come Rain, Shine, or Challenging Transport, Let There Be Rhone!

In thus spirit, 30 Rhone Ranger wineries, many quite small, and indeed still wrapping up harvest (self included) are headed across the country in hopes of sharing our passion with a city whose citizens surely could use a cup of cheer. We hope to lighten your worries a bit next Wednesday November 7th.

If there is one thing a vintner, just finishing harvest appreciates, its hardship, and easing those pains, over a glass and a 'cheers.' Let's share Hurricane Sandy stories with harvest stories, and as humans have done for centuries, bond over stories & beverages.

City Winery is back online, and while public transit will remain a challenge for some time, things are expected to be improved greatly by next Wednesday.

Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund Raising – Drink Wine & cialis price Help!

The Rhone Rangers are working in real time to also turn this event into a relief effort fundraiser. Final details are being hammered out as you read this but donations based on attendance are being finalized and the possibility of other means, such as silent auctions, winery donations are being hammered out as we speak.

Thus your support, also helps us give more to this relief fund raising effort. Drinking wine supports our fund raising – not too shabby a way to be charitable!

Save 40% Off The Walk Around Tasting Tickets – An Insane Deal

To help stimulate sales, City Winery is allowing us to share promotion code 'RHONE7 ' to purchase tickets for $38, instead of $65.

That's over 100 wines to sample, from 30 wineries,  for $38.

PLUS City Winery’s executive chef Andres Barrera will prepare light appetizers to accompany the wines.

PLUS: Grand Prize Drawing: All ticket holders may enter a drawing for a two-night stay in Paso Robles, CA at world-class Hotel Cheval, combined with visits to local wineries for tours and tastings.

Lets see, New York City, SOHO, 100 wines, food samples, and a 2 night hotel drawing, for $38 a person. I spent twice that for brunch my last visit to SOHO.

Purchase tickets here:

Ticket Contest – Enter To Win A Pair of Tickets

This may be a test of my east coast reach, as Simple Hedonisms readership has been more West coast and California, but lets give this a try.

For 48 hours, I will hold a ticket contest – the lucky winner to receive a pair of tickets. AND I will arrange for a special pour by Two Shepherds for a 'behind the table' bottle of a special 13 case lot wine, and an TSA airplane friendly corkscrew.

To Enter, simply in comments below tell us:

Which of the 30 participating wineries are you most eager to try. (and if you wish, share why they are your pick.)

Contest ends Sunday evening at 9 pm Pacific, Midnight Eastern.

Wine Maker Dinner

Another steal, even without a promo code, is the winemaker dinner, which is held the following night, Thursday November 8th.  A mere $75 buys you a 3 course meal, paired with 9 wines, and a seat at the table of 8 with a winemaker or winery owner.


Tablas Creek Dry Rosé 2011,  Qupe Roussanne 2011, Tarara Viognier 2011, Villa Creek Grenache 2010, Ridge Vineyards Carignane 2010, Qupe Syrah Sonnie’s Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard 2009,  Petrichor Vineyards Syrah 2009, Folin Cellars Misceo Red Blend 2009, and Ridge Vineyards Grenache-Syrah Blend 2008.


  • 1st course: Beet Salad, herbed goat cheese, candied walnuts & mache
  • 2nd course: Fennel Dusted Pork Loin, chive smashed fingerling potatoes,charred zucchini
  • 3rd course: Selection of Murray’s cave-aged cheese, fig mustard, spiced marcona almonds

Members of The Trade & Media – Something Special for You

New York is a critical market for many member wineries, or one many would like to break into. The Rhone Rangers are hosting a trade & media tasting from 1230-400 pm.  Many wineries have sent the winemakers themselves, for you to taste & interact with.  Register here: Greene

There is also a limited seating seminar: Technical Seminar: Rare Wines, Come Taste the Unusual. 

Join us for a tasting of wine made from grape varieties that are hard to find. This event is by invitation only. If you are a qualified member of the wine trade or wine media and are interested in attending this seminar and haven't received an invitation, please send an email to info @ . Please use the subject line: TRADE SEMINAR INVITATION REQUEST.

Amongst the featured wines are very small productions of  Picpoul Blanc by Tablas Creek, Grenache Blanc by Two Shepherds, and other gems.

This seminar is moderated by Joshua Greene, editor & publisher of Wine & Spirits Magazine.

Rhone Lovers – Show Us Your Mettle – CAN YOU RHONE?!

I have always believed & maintained that lovers of Rhone wines, are amongst the most passionate & enthusiastic of any wine category I

follow. I am counting on you Rhone heads to keep the torch blazing brightly – because Wednesday November 7th, WE AREN'T DRINKING MERLOT!  (Or Pinot Noir for that matter.)

Rhone on!


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Thursday November 8th is Tempranillo Day – Lets Celebrate!

Last year,  TAPAS  (Tempranillo Advocates, Producers, & Amigos) organized the first annual International Tempranillo Day: A celebration of the Tempranillo grape.

This year, the date will be Thursday, November 8, 2012.  Simple Hedonisms encourages everyone to open a bottle of Tempranillo, enjoy the fun, and share their experiences online with the hashtag #TempranilloDay .

Tempranillo, indigenous to Spain and used in Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines, is planted in 500,000 acres of the world’s vineyards, making it the fourth most planted wine grape, and that would be enough to celebrate.

Until recently, this noble grape’s entire acreage was almost all grown in Spain. Perhaps others were confused by the 60 or more regional synonyms for Tempranillo, which in itself

may be a record worth celebrating.

International Tempranillo Day November 8, 2012

But things have changed: knowledge of this noble grape is rapidly spreading, creating excitement and a spirit of cooperation among adventurous vintners bringing this Old World variety to New World soils.

Tempranillo today is grown in many more countries including the United States, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, France, Portugal, Turkey, Canada, China, Thailand, and more.


Live Twitter Tasting 5-6 pm

#Tempranillo Day TweetChat on Twitter A TweetChat of Tempranillos, hosted by Nannette Eaton of the Wine Harlots blog.
Use the hashtag #Tempranillo from 5-6 pm Pacific time.

Sample Submission

I will be hosting a local blogger tasting & have received samples from several Spanish producers. If any US based producers wish to be a part, please send samples, UPS preferred, to:
Allen Wine Co, 1793 Wood Rd, Fulton CA 95439.
Wines will be shared, buy viagra soft and at a minimum tasting notes be entered into CellarTracker.
See you on Tempranillo Day – cheers!

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Tomorrow is Global Champagne Day! How to Join In and Celebrate #ChampagneDay

In case you missed it, tomorrow is Global #ChampagneDay!!  (Note this is champagne, which is specifically limited to sparkling wine from the Champagne regio

n of France. Even Cremant, sparkling wine from other regions of France, is not Champagne.  So please leave that bottle of Gloria Ferrer or Barefoot for #SparklingDay.

There are many events happening around the world from the heart of the Champagne region to Japan to Australia to South America and of course, in the USA.  You can locate an event near you by visiting this interactive Google map

Live Video Broadcast & Entertainment

There is also a live video tasting  for #ChampagneDay on

with some great guests, including Catherin Fallis, Master Sommelier and Master Sabreuse at Sabering Champagne, who will be showing us the correct way to saber a Champagne bottle and talking all things Champagne. Also joining will be some well-known producers and smaller grower/producers, Champagne importers, bloggers, etc. There will also be a mixologist on deck to talk about the perfect Champagne cocktails.

Simple Hedonisms will be onsite for this tasting and broadcast – be sure to join us from 3pm to 7pm PST for this livestreaming event via and tweet us your question by using the #ChampagneDay hashtag.

How you can join in the bubbles (no saber necessary):

  1. Pick out a Champagne to enjoy on #ChampagneDay.
  2. Whether you're at home, out at a restaurant or tuned in to our live show(, you can post your memories online for others to see.
  3. Share your label photos, tastes, likes, food pairings or any other experiences on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. making sure to include #ChampagneDay in your post.
  4. Host your own event or home tasting
  5. Visit between 3pm -7pm PST to watch and join in live.

Take Photos & Enter to Win & iPad!

To Enter the Champagne Day contest to win an iPad click here: Champagne Day photo contest 

Be Like Nike – Just Do It!

So head to your local wine shop tonight, and pick out something for tomorrow! What better way to kick of Friday night & your weekend.

Get your buy viagra without prescription Champagne wines locally at your favorite wine shop via or just dropping in.

See you online tomorrow Friday, October 26th!



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A Perfect Sunday in Healdsburg: Oct 21st Pinot on The River

This Sunday, October 21st is the annual Pinot cialis online canadian pharmacy on the River. This wonderful, Pinot Noir filled day, returns again to the Square on Downtown Healdsburg.  The weather is forecasted for a balmy 72 degrees and sunny, promising to be a great day.

Sunday’s Pinot Noir Grand Tasting, with over 100 wineries plus guest Artisan Food Vendors all on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza Square,  is a Sonoma County wine weekend, and Pinot Noir experience, you won’t want to miss.


For the Pinot-phile seeking the ultimate day of

Pinot Noir immersion, with a VIP Ticket. VIP Guests  have the opportunity to attend the special Pre-Tasting Seminar exploring Pinot Noirs from Littorai, presented by Ted Lemon.

This seminar, beginning at 9 AM and moderated by Gregory S. Walter, editor and publisher of the PinotReport newsletter, is available to VIP ticket holders only.

Following the seminar, VIP ticket holders can enter the Grand Tasting ahead of the general public, and enjoy the VIP lounge.

Tickets for the VIP Experience are $150, regular attendee ticket is $75. Factor in the price of high quality Pinot Noir, the costs of tasting fees, the close proximity of 100 Pinot producers, and the food experience that accompanies, and $75 is a a value any wine lover will quickly realize.

If Pinot Noir is one of your favorite varietal wines, this is simply a can not skip event. VIP & Seminar spots are very limited, if you are interested, I’d suggest you buy them ASAP. Tickets:

Simple Hedonisms will be onsite tasting & tweeting live at #POTR !


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