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(Paso Robles, CA) - On Tuesday, January 30th, representatives from 23 Paso Robles wineries met at Tablas Creek Vineyard to form a regional chapter of the Rhone Rangers organization. This will be California's second regional chapter of the Rhone Rangers, a group dedicated to "advancing the knowledge of Rhone grapes grown in America and the enjoyment of the wines produced from those grapes".
Paso Robles, with its long growing season, dramatic diurnal temperature variance, unusual concentration of calcium-rich soils and diverse terrains between 800 and 2000 feet, has become a destination for Rhone producers and enthusiasts alike. In 1978, Gary Eberle planted California's first Syrah vines in his Estrella River Winery. In 1989, the Perrin brothers of Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape chose the hills in the western part of the Paso Robles AVA to found Tablas Creek. Today, Paso Robles is the fastest-growing wine region in California, home to over 170 bonded wineries and 26,000 vineyard acres. Nearly 80% of the winery members of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance produce a Rhone wine, and a higher percentage of member wineries produce a Syrah than any other grape. More on Paso Robles is at www.pasowine.com.
The national wine press has noted the region's affinity for Rhone varietals. Decanter Magazine asserted the "potential for producing outstanding Rhone-style wines". Gourmet agrees: "Rhone varieties excel." Stephen Tanzer comments, "Paso Robles, in particular, is in the middle of a grape-growing boom, led by a handful of young winemakers who are crafting rich and satisfying wines from Rhone varieties."
The Rhone Rangers is based in Ukiah, California, and represents just under 200 winery members, 110 Professional and Grower Associates, and 800 Sidekick (consumer) members. The organization produces annual tastings in San Francisco (March), Los Angeles (April) and Seattle (July) and leads outreach to press, trade and consumers on American Rhone wines. Winery members come from California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and New York, and consumer and associate members from around the United States. More information is available at www.rhonerangers.org.
Producers represented at the initial regional Rhone Rangers meeting included Adelaida Cellars, Anglim Winery, Arroyo Robles Winery, Calcareous Vineyard, Cass Winery, Chateau Margene, Clayhouse Vineyard, Eberle Winery, Edward Sellers Vineyards & Wines, Firestone Vineyard, Four Vines Winery, Halter Ranch Vineyard, Hug Cellars, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Justin Vineyards & Winery, L' Aventure Winery, Norman Vineyards Inc., Redline Wines, Robert Hall Winery, Summerwood Winery, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Terry Hoage Vineyards, and Villa Creek Cellars.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Director, Rhone Rangers
General Manager, Tablas Creek Vineyard
Join us for Paso Robles' annual harvest celebration the weekend of October 16th-18th
All weekend: Visit our tasting room for a first look at our newest Esprit de Tablas wines from the 2013 vintage.
Friday night: Enjoy a four-course, four-wine dinner at McPhee's Grill in Templeton. $105/per person; reservations are essential. Details »
Saturday: Our winemakers will be leading interactive harvest cellar tours 10:30, 12:00, 2:00, 3:30 (20 guest limit). Free to all; no reservations needed. Details »
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October 6, 2015
I snuck out yesterday morning to get some photos of the ever-diminishing portions of the vineyard that still have grapes on them. One block that I particularly wanted to see was Syrah, given that it was scheduled to be picked in the afternoon. It was looking suitably autumnal: Read More »