2008 Hospice du Rhône – The Syrah Shootout

Welcome to our video podcast 2008 Hospice Du Rhône Syrah Shootout – Video Show #44.

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Imagine 45 bottles of Syrah, each one bagged and numbered just waiting for sensory evaluation. Now, imagine that these evaluations will come from the very winemakers who made these wines.

That’s right, 45 winemakers evaluating their own wine, while competing against the wines made by their colleagues. That’s the premise of the 2008 Hospice du Rhône’s Syrah Shootout, where the winner gets bragging rights – plus a terrific-looking (not so much) “Coat du Rhône” to wear home.

Join winemaker Rusell Bevan and he takes us through a guided tour of this great event.

For More Info on the Hospice Du Rhône: www.hospicedurhone.org

7 Responses to “2008 Hospice du Rhône – The Syrah Shootout”

  1. 1 Canklefish Aug 16th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    An interesting spin on the evaluation and wine tasting process. I wonder if the wines were clearly marked and labeled, or if there was a flair of anonymity to the process…

  2. 2 Jim Aug 25th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    The Hospice Du Rhone seems like such a laid back event. Saw some material from the 2011 event in Paso Robles and it looked like a blast. I’d love to attend one myself sometime. Maybe next year 🙂

  3. 3 Jay Selman Aug 31st, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Why maybe? Just do it! Laid back is right!


  4. 4 Stephan Sep 13th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I’ve heard that even seasoned wine experts have trouble distinguishing expensive wines from cheaper brands. This would add a lot of pressure to recognize your own wine!

  5. 5 jimmy Sep 20th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Winemakers from South Africa should join events like this. They got lots of excellent tasting wines from their winelands that are worth bragging about.

  6. 6 Reuben Feb 15th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I am pretty sure that the wines who turned out to be a cut above the rest were deserving. What really struck me is the title of the event, “…The Syrah Shootout.” I find it very catchy and ingenious – a head turner for the event’s campaign.

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  7. 7 Cathy Peters Feb 20th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    That’s a great idea-get them to evaluate their own wines! When they finally realize that the wine they’ve been castigating was actually their own, they will surely make some huge changes. It removes the ‘love your own’ factor.

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