The Rhone Rangers, Paso Robles


One of the missions of the Rhone Rangers, a non-profit wine education organization, is to educate the public by providing seminars and tastings that showcase Rhône varietal wines grown in America. What constitutes a Rhône varietal wine? Well, 75% of the wine’s content must include one or more of the traditional Rhône grape varieties as approved by the French government for the wines of the Côtes du Rhône. In France’s Rhône Valley, there are 22 grape varieties including the better-known Syrah and Viognier, to the “up and coming” Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Roussanne, to the truly obscure (albeit delicious) Counoise, Bourboulenc and Picpoul.

Join us as we listen to a seminar held during the Paso Robles chapter’s 2nd annual Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience. Some of the leading winemakers and vitculturalists in the world of Rhône varietals take participants through a fun, education-focused immersion into the world of “Rhone Essentials” with 8 local winemakers, including:

Adelaida Cellars, Terry Culton (Winemaker): 2007 Viognier
Anglim Winery, Steve Anglim (Owner/Winemaker): 2006 Roussanne
Calcareous Vineyards, Damian Grindley (Winemaker): 2007 Viognier, Marsanne
Halter Ranch, Bill Sheffer (Winemaker): 2008 Rosé
Terry Hoage Vineyards, Terry Hoage (Owner/Winemaker): 2006 “Skins” – Grenache, Syrah
Villa Creek Winery, Cris Cherry (Owner/Winemaker): 2006 “Vulture’s Post” – GSM Blend
Austin Hope Winery, Austin Hope (Owner/Winemaker): 2005 Syrah
Edward Sellers, Amy Butler (Winemaker): 2005 Cuvee des Cinq – Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, Counoise & Cinsault

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3 Responses to “The Rhone Rangers, Paso Robles”

  1. 1 Tim Meranda Feb 23rd, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Brian did do a great job, and what an intelligent and articulate panel! Your postproduction solution to the single hand held mike problems was much appreciated, and I particularly liked the way you repeated the off mic questions. I’m not familiar with any of these wines but not for long. Guess you could say I liked the show.

  2. 2 Mike Holland Feb 25th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    As an amateur winemaker, the information on a panel discussion like this is invaluable. I’ve given it 3 listens already and need to write down notes for this coming harvest. I thought the moderation and post-production work were very well done. Thanks Brian.

    The biggest question I had after listening the first time was:”Man, what I do I need to do to be able to attend as Trade?”

    Looking forward to the next ‘cast.

  3. 3 GrapeRadio Bunch Feb 25th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks Mike,

    Actually the event was open to consumers and was only $100. The fee included the seminar, a wonderful lunch, and the tasting after the event with about 30 wineries. Check out for future events.


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