American Rhone wines take center stage at the Skirball Cultural Center
July 19, 2016 (Paso Robles, CA) – The Rhone Rangers are pleased to announce their upcoming tasting on Saturday, August 6 in Los Angeles at the Skirball Cultural Center. The one-day event will begin with a seminar featuring unique Rhone blends moderated by Wine & Spirits writer Patrick Comiskey, followed by a winemaker luncheon showcasing a variety of rosé and white wines. The event continues into the grand tasting and will feature over 40 wineries and a silent auction highlighting rare and unique wine and lifestyle lots. New this year in the grand tasting is a VIP lounge with seating, food and specially selected wines to sample.
“Los Angeles is exploding as a food and wine capital. The diversity of cuisines and accessibility to ingredients complement an extremely knowledgeable wine community, curious about and excited by these food-friendly American Rhone wines,” said Barbara Smith, president of the Rhone Rangers. “Our member wineries enthusiastically embrace this important market – it is the perfect place to bring wineries and wine and food aficionados together to celebrate Rhone wines.”
Los Angeles Celebration of American Rhone Wines – Saturday, August 6:
Winemaker Seminar – 11:00 am – The event begins with a winemaker seminar: The Past and the Future, featuring seven American Rhone wines – all blends. Patrick Comiskey, writer for Wine & Spirits magazine and the Los Angeles Times, and the author of a soon-to-be published book on the American Rhone movement, will moderate the panel of wine personalities and their wines.
- Kale Wines – Kale Anderson, owner/winemaker
- Larner Vineyard – Michael Larner, winemaker/general manager
- Qupé – Bob Lindquist, owner/winemaker
- Ridge Vineyards – David Gates, vice president of vineyard operations
- Tablas Creek Vineyard – Jason Haas, partner/general manager
- Tercero Wines – Larry Schaffer, owner/winemaker
- Two Shepherds – William Allen, owner/winemaker
Winemaker Luncheon – 12:30pm – New this year, the winemaker luncheon offers
guests a chance to rub elbows with winemakers while enjoying a selection of white
and rosé wines and buffet-style lunch on the outdoor patio.
VIP grand tasting – 1:30pm – VIP ticket holders are the first to enter the grand tasting, which features 40+ wineries and hundreds of wines. Also a new addition this year, the VIP space offers a private lounge area with hors ‘d oeuvres, special wines and seating.
Grand tasting – 2:30pm – The Rhone Rangers main event in Los Angeles, guests will enjoy wines from more than 40 Rhone Rangers wineries – meeting owners, winemakers, and tasting hundreds of wines. A silent auction featuring wines and lifestyle lots offers guests the chance to bring home special wines and support the organization. Tasting until 5:30 pm.
Saturday Pass: Winemaker seminar, luncheon and VIP grand tasting – $150
VIP Pass: Early admission to the grand tasting and the VIP area – $85
Grand tasting: General Admission to the grand tasting. 2:30 – 5:30pm – $65
All Los Angeles events are taking place at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90049. Parking is complimentary. Tickets are available online. Look to your favorite Rhone producing winery for ticket promotions.
About the Rhone Rangers
The Rhone Rangers are a group of 150 wineries dedicated to making wines from the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France’s Rhone Valley. These varieties range from the better-known Syrah and Viognier to the up-and-coming Grenache, Mourvèdre and Roussanne, to obscure (but delicious) grapes like Counoise and Picpoul. To learn more, visit www.rhonerangers.org.