New World Rhones won hearts and a bevy of Gold Medals at the Rhone Shootout competition held recently in San Francisco. “We had an unprecedented number of wines scoring 90 pts or higher in the Rhone Shootout. America’s Rhone producers are to be congratulated for turning their passion into something consumers and judges alike can truly love!” said Barbara Drady, Chief Wine Evangelist at Affairs of the Vine. Drady has been running the popular Pinot Shootout for over 10 years, and the Cabernet Shootout for 5.
Wine Lovers will have their chance to be seduced by these wines at Romancing the Rhones on July 14, 2012, at The Old Mint in San Francisco. Consumers, press and trade are invited to experience 100+ Rhones from 40 Rhone-producing wineries from California, Oregon and beyond, held intentionally on Bastille Day to celebrate the love affair Americans have always had with things French.
With so many Gold-medal winning wines being poured at this event, the choice of The Old Mint seems particularly fitting, considering it produced much of the nation’s currency until 1938.
Out of 250 wines entered in the Rhone Shootout, 96 scored highly enough in several preliminary rounds to qualify for the finals: of these, 40 were selected to go on to the Blind Tasting at the Romancing the Rhones tasting this Saturday, July 14, 2012, in San Francisco. The judges evaluate no more than 32 wines during each preliminary screening, and each wine is blind tasted and rated on its own merit. All submitted wines are evaluated multiple times by different judging panels comprised of wine writers, wine buyers and sommeliers.
Regionally, wineries from the Santa Clara Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains, Sierra Foothills and Paso Robles, impressed overall as Rhone producing areas.
In a unique format, attendees at Romancing the Rhones will blind taste 40 top finalists from the 2012 Rhone Shootout, pitting their palates against the experts and voting for their favorites. Awards will be presented to the top 3 favorites of the male and female tasters. Additionally, attendees will get to choose their favorite Rhone white, Rhone rose and Rhone red from the selection of wines being poured by the wineries during the Grand Tasting.
One Brick, a non-profit organization providing volunteers to over 1600 other non-profits nationally, is an event sponsor. A portion of the proceeds benefits One Brick.
Gold Bar VIP Ticket includes Rhone Romance Luncheon at Chez Papa with winemakers Collin Cranor, Nottingham Cellars Livermore); Jaime Dowell, Bonny Doon (Santa Cruz); and Michael Donovan, RoxyAnn (Oregon), plus Barrel Tasting in the Vaults, Blind Tasting of Rhone Shootout finalists, Grand Tasting and Awards Ceremony ($85).
Silver Dollar Ticket includes Barrel Tasting, early access to Blind Tasting, Grand Tasting and Awards Ceremony ($65).
Rhone Lovers Ticket includes Blind Tasting, Grand Tasting and Awards Ceremony, ($45)
Enhance the experience with Perfect Pairings: 8 succulent wine and 8 brilliant bites ($20 in advance) Wineries participating in Perfect Pairings include: Aver Family Winery, Field Stone Winery, Jazz Cellars, Guglielmo Winery, Rahn , Tercero and Poetic Cellars.
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ROMANCING THE RHONES SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
· Rhone Romance Winemakers Luncheon – 11:30AM-1:00PM (Gold Bar Ticket only)
· VIP Barrel Tasting: 12:30 PM–2PM (Silver Dollar and Gold Bar tickets)
· Blind Tasting of Rhone Shootout Finalists: 1PM-3:30PM (voting ends at 3:30)
· Grand Tasting: 2PM–4:30 PM
· Awards Ceremony: 3:45PM
· Large format bottle raffle: 12:30PM-4PM
· Bottle Shop: 12:30pm til 4:15PM
Sponsors and Partners: Rhone Rangers, GSO, Bottlenotes, Dining Around/NewsTalk 910, Sour Flour, Trois Petit Cochons, Chez Papa, DeLisse Dessert Café, We Olive, PolkaDotz Cupcakes and One Brick.