2006 Hospice du Rhone – Part 6

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Prior to the main events on Friday and Saturday, the winemakers conduct a Syrah Shootout. This is a head-to-head competition between winemakers, with winemakers/producers participating in a blind tasting to select the best three Syrahs in the lineup. The prize?  Bragging rights until next year’s event…oh, and a plaid (some might say gauche) sportcoat called the Coat du Rhône, plus a pseudo-trophy of a small wooden barrel with a plaque.

The tasting included 50 bottles of various Syrahs, all bagged and numbered. Winemakers and producers were asked to taste through the wines, pick their top three and turn in their scoring to HdR personnel. This year’s winner was McCrea Cellars of Washington State, unseating two-time winner Jeff Cohen.

Join us for interviews including: Chris Cherry of Villa Creek, Susan Neel from McCrea Cellars, and a philosophical Jeff Cohen.

For More Information:

Chris Cherry, Villa Creek: www.villacreek.com
Susan Neel, McCrea Cellars: www.mccreacellars.com
Jeff Cohen, JC Cellars: www.jccellars.com
Jeff is also at Rosenblum Cellars: www.rosenblumcellars.com 

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Part of the lineup of Syrahs

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Paul Wilkins and Augie Hug register with Cris Cherry

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How ’bout a beer first

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Eric Mohseni (Zaca Mesa, Osseus) taking notes

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Jay and Leigh interview event organizer, Carrisa Pereira

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Host, Ron Rawlinson, keeps a hopeful Jeff Cohen in suspense

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Well, you did a good job, Jeff.  Better luck next time

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Winner!  McCrea Cellars’ Susan Neel, with the Coat du Rhone, and trophy barrel

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Bob and Susan Neel of McCrea Cellars

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Leigh and Brian interview a gracious Jeff Cohen

2 Responses to “2006 Hospice du Rhone – Part 6”


  1. 1 R.W. Feb 5th, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    For the McCrea wine in the Syrah Shootout, what year and which of their vineyards (on their web site they have 3) was the winner?

  2. 2 GrapeRadio Bunch Feb 6th, 2007 at 10:34 am

    The wine was a McCrea Cellars, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard bottling. As to vintage, I believe it was the 2004.

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