Hospice du Rhone – 2009 Syrah Shootout

Welcome to our video podcast: Hospice du Rhone – 2009 Syrah Shootout – Video Show #81.

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Prior to the main HdR events of Friday and Saturday, the winemakers and producers conduct a Syrah Shootout, a blind tasting of 45-50 wines to determine by vote the best three Syrahs in the lineup. The prize? How about: bragging rights until next year’s event, plus a pseudo-trophy of a small wooden barrel and plaque, and finally an ever-so-gauche plaid sportcoat – suitably named “the Coat du Rhône.”
Submitted wines (Syrahs/Shiraz), are all bagged and numbered. Winemakers and producers are asked to taste through the wines, pick their top three and turn in their scoring to HdR personnel. This can be an interesting proposition, and the winners are quite often a big surprise to everyone. This year’s winners were: 1st – Four Vines, Santa Barbara County; 2nd- Caliza – Russell, Vnyd, Paso Robles; and 3rd -Graves – Ohana Vnyd, Paso Robles.

Sponsor: Hospice du Rhone: www.hospicedurhone.org

2 Responses to “Hospice du Rhone – 2009 Syrah Shootout”


  1. 1 John A. Martelly Mar 26th, 2010 at 4:48 am

    My hats off to you guys. Tasting 42 different Syrahs must have played havoc on the palette. Maybe it’s because I’m a “Swamp Yankee” from back east but to me, Syrahs lately have been all over the place. Some of the recent tastings I’ve done have been either to sweet or even green tasting. Spice components have been overpowering on the nose and tongue. I guess I’ll have to spend a bit more time doing research.

    As always, great job and thanks for bringing me along. BTW, that Eric, what a handsome devil. Even after all that hard work, he still manages to “glow” on camera. Lol

  2. 2 www.graperadio.com Apr 22nd, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Hospice du rhone 2009 syrah shootout.. Corking :)

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