2007 HdR “It’s Only Natural”

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Continuing with seminars from the 2007 Hospice du Rhône, we hear from two wine producers who are making some terrific New World Rhônes, yet didn’t begin their winemaking careers that way.

John Alban moderates the discussion as we hear from two winemakers who are more interested in making fine wines than being conventional. Stephan Asseo wanted to escape the strict laws of grape growing and winemaking in the Old World of Bordeaux, founding L’Aventure Winery in Paso Robles. Andy Smith at DuMol has achieved a reputation for Burgundian varietals, and has now turned his attention to Viognier and Syrah. For them, it seemed only natural – to gravitate to Rhônes.

Hospice Du Rhone: www.hospicedurhone.org

Program Download Click Here: Seminar 2 – Rhone Around the World

For More Information:

John Alban, Alban Vineyards: www.albanvineyards.com
Stephan Asseo, L’Aventure Winery: www.aventurewine.com
Andy Smith, DuMol Wines: www.dumol.com

Wines of the tasting:

2006 L’Aventure Estate Roussanne, Paso Robles
2005 DuMOL lia Viognier, Russian River Valley
2004 DuMOL Syrah, Russian River Valley
2004 DuMOL jack robert’s run Syrah, Russian River Valley
2004 DuMOL eddie’s patch Syrah, Russian River Valley
2003 DuMOL eddie’s patch Syrah, Russian River Valley
2006 L’Aventure Mourvedre (barrel sample), Paso Robles
2005 L’Aventure Estate Syrah, Paso Robles
2005 L’Aventure Cote a Cote, Paso Robles
2005 L’Aventure Estate Cuvee, Paso Robles

Sponsor: Champagne USA: www.champagne.us

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2 Responses to “2007 HdR “It’s Only Natural””


  1. 1 Mary Kay Aug 28th, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Just finished listening to this seminar, and I want these wines–NOW!! Great discussion of their stories and why they make their wines the way they do. I love these seminars…

  2. 2 Aanya Shaw Jul 9th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks for putting this together! It’s both intriguing as well as motivating to learn about such non-conventional approach to Wine Making. Can’t wait to taste one of these!

    Aanya Shaw

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