2007 HdR – The Syrah Shootout – Video

Welcome to our video podcast – 2007 Hospice du Rhone – “The Syrah Shootout” – Video Show #6.

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Held at Villa Creek restaurant the annual Syrah Shootout involves a head-to-head competition, with winemakers and producers participating in a blind tasting to select the best three Syrahs in the lineup. Over 50 bottles of various Syrahs are bagged, numbered and set out at 6-7 different tasting stations.

The prize – bragging rights until next year’s event, along with a plaid (some might say gauche) sportcoat, and a pseudo-trophy in the form of a small wooden barrel with a plaque.

At this year’s Farewell Gala a passing of the “cotes” was presented by Ron Rawlinson from the 2006 winner, McCrea Cellars, to the winners of 2007 competition Russell From of Herman Story Wines.

The winning wines were:

1st Place: 2004 Herman Story Syrah – Larner Vineyard, Santa Ynez
2nd Place: 2004 McCrea Cellars Syrah – Cuvee Orleans, Yakima Valley
3rd Place: 2004 Fess Parker Syrah – The Big Easy, Santa Ynez Valley

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1 Response to “2007 HdR – The Syrah Shootout – Video”


  1. 1 larry schaffer Jul 8th, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Just wanted to thank you guys for putting this podcast together. I was prompted to watch it this morning by comments made by Jay and Brian last night at our SQN dinner . . . It was nice to see that other than having purple teeth and a crooked smile, I did NOT make a fool of myself, and I certainly was NOT slurring my words . . . . . phew . . . . Thanks again and keep up the great work!

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