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A delicious celebration of amazing wines and culinary excellence

New York City (May 17, 2019) – Côtes du Rhône is thrilled to announce the debut of the Côtes du Rhône Festival. Produced by culinary agency Taste Network, the fête kicks off summer with an experience dedicated to discovering the wine, food and atmosphere of the Côtes du Rhône, located in the south of France. The event will be hosted at Second Floor, a stunning open-air venue in Manhattan, on Sunday, June 23rd from 5:15-8:30pm.

Côtes du Rhône, meaning “the hillsides of the Rhône [River]”, is comprised of over 98,000 vineyard acres, 171 varied terroirs and 21 grape varieties. The Côtes du Rhône AOCs—which include Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages and 17 Crus—is one of the largest in France and one of the oldest, having been planted originally by the Greeks and the Romans in approximately 125 BC.

Over 60 wines will be showcased throughout the festival from a seminar to the main tasting. These wines span the different styles of the Côtes du Rhône, highlighting the diversity and heritage of the area. Guests can explore them alongside a regionally inspired menu—featuring the flavors of lavender, truffles and olives—crafted by celebrated chefs. Participating chefs include Tyler Atwell of Lafayette Grand Café and Kimberly Plafke of Grand Army, as well as artisan Baker Raymond Smith of Blacksmith’s Breads and Salumi-Maker Drew Buzzio of Salumeria Biellese. 

For the full lineup of activities, including a seminar opportunity, and chefs, as well as more information and tickets please visit, www.CDRfest.com. Brief information follows: 

Where: SECOND floor, 849 6th Ave, New York, NY, 10001
When: Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
Price:  $80 VIP; $55 General Admission
Time:  5:15 PM for VIP entry; 6-8:30 PM General Admission

“Côtes du Rhône has become synonymous with high-quality and value-driven offerings across red, white and rosé,” says Brand Ambassador Daphne Payan. “We are excited to launch the Festival to create an intimate experience that connects the wines with the culture and cuisine of the Rhône. Attendees will be immersed in a sensory and visual decor reminiscent of the Rhône river, the vast vineyards surrounded by rolling hills (côtes), and the amazing medley of scents: lavender fields, olive groves, orchards, thyme and rosemary, pine and oak trees.”

About Côtes du Rhône Wines

Côtes du Rhône means “the hillsides of the Rhône [River]”. Côtes du Rhône includes different appellations: Côtes du Rhône AOC, Côtes du Rhône Villages and Côtes du Rhône Crus, of which there are 17. Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages wines produce about 40 million gallons across 98,000+ acres. In all the appellations, 21 varieties are authorized. The reds and rosés are primarily a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre; and the whites are primarily white Grenache, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier. The region also offers 2 fortified wines: Rasteau Vin Doux Naturel and Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise. More information can be found here: www.rhone-wines.com.

About Taste Network

Taste Network began in 2002, founded Cochon555 in 2008 and has created anchor celebrations at The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Toronto Food & Wine Festival and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The portfolio includes the ground-up creation and cultivation of the festivals: Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival, PeachFest and Mags For Ag; in addition to hosting Kosta Browne’s 20th Anniversary Party that raised over $100,000 for local charities. The mission is simple: Further the conversation of heritage breeds and support family farms on dinner tables worldwide, all to campaign for those championing agricultures with purpose and passion while educating influencers, chefs and buyers on how to sustain small business owners stewarding responsible growing practices.

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