Silver Bulletin
Second Quarter, 2007
Success in L.A.!
 
"What I liked about the LA Tasting is that it was small, and so there was a better opportunity to chat with folks." 
                 -Mary Rocca, Rocca Family Vineyards
 
Our Los Angeles Trade Tasting was an intimate event full of great wine and good connections.  We'd like to thank all our participating member wineries, the distributors, members of the media, tradespeople, and everyone else who attended for making the LA Trade Tasting a very worthwhile event.  We'd also like to thank Blue Lifestyle for helping coordinate the event and Hotel Sofitel for providing our members with an elegant venue and truly outstanding service.

And be sure to read our featured article in this edition of the Silver Bulletin on Patterson's The Tasting Panel's article on the event as well.
 
Let's do it again next year!
 
A New "Chapter" in the Story of the Rhone Rangers
 Paso Robles--photo courtesy Tablas Creek Winery

Rhone Ranger members span the United States, celebrating and sharing the uniqueness of Rhone style varietals.  Our member wineries are found up and down all three western states.                   

 

                                                                                                                              
                                                                             Paso Robles, photo courtesy

                                                                                      Tablas Creek Vineyard

 

While we're proud of our members and the size of our organization, we also know how important it is to connect with members and potential members alike on a more local level.  But how do we do that when Rhone Rangers members are spread out over such a wide geographical area?

 

One great solution is to bring together our member wineries into regional chapters.  By joining into regional groups our member wineries would have the chance to promote awareness of Rhone varietals while at the same time highlighting their specific region's role in the production of Rhone varietals. 

 

Jason Haas, a Rhone Rangers board member and general manager of Tablas Creek Winery, is now also the head of the Paso Robles Chapter of the Rhone Rangers. 

 

"I wanted to start the Paso Robles Regional Chapter of the Rhone Rangers because I had the impression that since we held our annual Grand Tasting in San Francisco, people believed the Rhone Rangers was oriented in San Francisco.  So I wanted to catch what I felt was a missed opportunity to embrace the California central coast, which is a region that has become a real center of Rhone production."


So on January 30 of this year, Jason offered an open invitation to all wineries in the central coast region to come visit Tablas Creek Winery and find out how the Rhone Rangers are helping raise the profile of Rhone style varietals, then discussed with them whether or not a local chapter would be feasible. 

 

Now there are 21 members of the Paso Robles Chapter of the Rhone Rangers as well as associations with Hospice du Rhone and the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.  The Paso Robles Chapter advocates locally for Rhone wines, answering questions about Rhone varietals, discussing local grape growing methods, and offering a meeting place for this smaller group of local member wineries to focus on promoting the region. 

 

But they don't just get together and talk.  The Paso Robles Chapter will be holding a Rhone Rangers event of their own on October 6th, a day long event for about 100 people.  The event which will include educational seminars, a Syrah-focused barbecue, a walk around tasting in the afternoon, and a dinner celebration in the evening.

 

We hope the success of the Paso Robles Chapter encourages other member wineries to form local chapters, and we're happy to offer guidance to those wishing to start their own. 


If you have questions about the Paso Robles Chapter of the Rhone Rangers, or if you'd like to find out more on how to start your own chapter, contact Jason Haas at (805) 237-1231 x26, or email him at info@tablascreek.com. 


Keith Aisner will also be contacting some of our member wineries to discuss the formation of chapters in your area.  If you'd like to contact him directly you can email him at keitha@pacific.net



Rhone Ranger Gold Stars


Has your winery recently received special recognition for your Rhone style varietals?  Email your accolades to keitha@pacific.net and we'll make sure everyone who reads the Silver Bulletin knows! 
 

 

Rhone Ranger Winery Members Strike Gold at the 2007 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!

 

Lost Canyon Winery

 

Lost Canyon won the Double Gold Medal at the SF Chronicle Competition with their 2005 Sonoma Coast Stage Gulch Syrah.

 

Lost Canyon also won the Gold Medal at the same event each at the Premium Price Point Level with their 2005 Russian River Valley Trenton Station Syrah.

 

Sierra Vista Winery

Sierra Vista took honors at the 2007 SF Chronicle Wine Competition with a Double Gold Medal for their 2004 Fleur de Montagne Rhone Red Blend.

Sierra Vista also won a Silver Medal for their 2004 Mourvedre and a Bronze Medal for their 2004 Red Rock Ridge Syrah.


Rocca Family Vineyards

Another winner at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was Rocca Family, receiving a Gold Medal for their 2003 Syrah.
 
 
 
One of our newest Rhone Ranger Member Wineries, Volcano Vineyards, was honored with a Gold Medal from the San Francisco Wine Competition for their 2004 Syrah.
 
Way to go, new guys!

 
 
Holly's Hill received the high honor of a Gold Medal and Best of Class at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for their 2005 El Dorado Roussanne.

 
Congratulations to all our winning member wineries!

In This Issue
A New "Chapter"
New Gold Stars!
RR in Seattle
 

Rhone Rangers Will Soon Ride to the
Emerald City!

Seattle Tasting
On Tuesday, July 10, 2007, the Rhone Rangers will ride back into Seattle for a trade tasting at Teatro Zinzanni, located at 6th & Battery in downtown Seattle

The Seattle Trade Tasting is a trade and media event only.  Qualified trade will be granted complementary admission.  Due to space limitations, the event is only open to the first 40 wineries who register. Click here to see who's pouring, and what they're pouring.
 
On July 11, member wineries will also be participating in FareStart's Guest Chef on the Waterfront, a high profile event that's also a great cause.  To find out more about FareStart and this event, click here.
 

  Don't delay, register now!
 
 
 
Rhone Rangers' LA Tasting is Covered in Patterson's The Tasting Panel Mag!

Tasting Panel Article

Talk about getting the word out about Rhone style varietals.  Here's a really well done article with lots of great pictures of our LA event!  Read it by clicking here!
 

 
 
Featured Recipe
 
Pasta with Fromage Blanc, Brown Butter, Corn & Squash

The Girld and the Fig
 
The Girl and the Fig has become a landmark on the Sonoma Square.  Known for their quirky and inspired French cuisine, they are also die hard Rhone varietal fans!  We're absolutely delighted to have them as Rhone Ranger members, especially since they've provided the Silver Bulletin with this edition's featured recipe, a fresh pasta dish that makes for perfect summer fare.
 
Click here for the recipe.
Keith Aisner
Rhone Rangers