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2010 Rhone Rangers Tasting: March 27-28, San Francisco

RhoneRangerWords_Small.jpgI love watching the green buds burst forth on the trees this time of year, hard on the heels of the cherry blossoms. Yes, it's California, so the barest hint of any season gets me excited, but especially Spring. And with Spring in San Francisco comes lots of wine tasting events, and a few really good ones.

The Annual Rhone Rangers Tasting in San Francisco is certainly one of the Spring highlights for wine lovers in the Bay Area. Held at Fort Mason, like all the other big tastings, Rhone Rangers offers the change for wine lovers to taste through a vast field of Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, and many other varietals and blends that fall under the general banner of Rhone-style wines.

I adore these wines, and this is always a great tasting event. I highly recommend it to anyone, especially those that might be stuck in a Cabernet rut (or a Merlot, Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc rut for that matter). There's a lot more out there in the wine world, and this tasting will provide a heck of an education to anyone looking to explore alternatives to such varieties.

And of course, for those who are crazy for Rhone-style wines, then there's a whole weekend of activities, including seminars, a winemaker dinner, and of course the grand tasting on Sunday morning. Complete details can be found on the event web site. The site also includes a list of wineries that will be pouring.

2010 Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting
Sunday, March 28th
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
Buchanan Street and Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA

Tickets to the grand tasting are $65 in advance, and should be purchased online.

And remember my tips for optimum enjoyment at public tastings: wear dark, comfortable clothes; get a good night's sleep; come with food in your belly; drink lots of water; and SPIT !

Comments (4)

03.19.10 at 6:38 AM


This is one fantastic tasting - and not quite as 'crazy' as others that take place at Fort Mason throughout the year!

The line up of seminars is stellar as well - all things Grenache; food and wine pairing for rhone varieties; seeing how early 'rhone rangers' wines' age - with Randall Graham, Bob Lindquist and others . . .

The grand tasting will feature rhone variety producers from throughout CA, as well as OR, WA, and points east . . .

Also check out the Brixr / Tiny Bottles table to see their 'tasting packs' that you can take home and relive the experience once again!

Hope to see you there.


Jason Haas wrote:
03.19.10 at 7:20 AM

Thanks, Alder! I always love this tasting (well, duh) and think that it draws the best, most knowledgeable crowd of any of the big Fort Mason tastings.

One thing worth pointing out, since I know how many tradespeople and media lurk around here, there is a trade component that is free (with advance registration) to trade. Trade can register at http://www.rhonerangers.org/traderegistrationsf/

Thanks for the shout out!

03.19.10 at 8:18 AM

Thank you for the great info and write up about the upcoming Rhone Rangers event. For fans of Rhone Varietals, this tasting should not be missed. We will be back pouring our Rhone label KATIN for the second year. Between the great seminars, winemaker dinner and the grand tasting, we hope to see everyone there. This is a perfect time of the year to head to the city for great Rhone wines, food and weather.
Justin Kahler

03.19.10 at 9:00 AM

Alder, thanks for highlighting this event and informing your followers about the fabulous wines that will be available for tasting next weekend at Fort Mason. There are still tickets available for the seminars --and they offer a great opportunity in an intimate setting to have a meaningful dialogue with top Bay Area sommeliers and wine educators. The food and wine pairing seminar will have two small plates from Salthouse and Girl & the Fig to illustrate the food-friendly nature of American Rhone wines. The ageability seminar is a great opportunity to get to meet some of the icons of the wine world while exploring the effects of aging on these great varieties. Hope to see you there!

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