Hey LA…one of my favorite wine events is rolling into Downtown LA November 6-7, 2015! This year, there are going to be 50 wineries in attendance. Weekend events include a series of in-store tastings and winemaker dinners on Friday evening, as well as a seminar and a walk-around tasting reception on Saturday.
Rhone Rangers is a non-profit organization dedicated to “advancing the knowledge and enjoyment of Rhone wines produced in America” and they do a fantastic job. Their event in Los Angeles showcases some of the best Rhone winemakers outside of France (think Qupe, Two Shepherds, and Tablas Creek). A complete list of events is below. For tickets, visit Rhone Rangers. Use discount code “GrenacheIsGroovy” for $10 off of VIP tickets.
RETAIL IN-STORE TASTINGS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6.
Whole Foods, 225 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice CA, 5-8 PM. Join us for a tasting of Rhone-varietal wines with Bonny Doon Vineyard and Michael-David Winery. For more information contact the Wine Department at Whole Foods, (310) 566-9480.
K&L, 1400 Vine Street, Hollywood CA, 5:30 – 7 PM. Join us for a tasting of Rhone-varietal wines with Quivira, Qupe and Vina Robles. For more information contact the store at (323) 464-9463.
WINEMAKER DINNER, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 6:30 PM, Parkway Grill, Pasadena. Featuring the wines of kukula, Pomar Junction and Ridge Vineyards. This will be an intimate dinner hosted by Sommelier Emmanuel Gonzalez, and Winemaker Kevin Jussila from kukkula, David Gates, VP of Vineyard Operations at Ridge Vineyards, and Mark Stern (CSW, CS), Director of Hospitality and Sales at Pomar Junction. You’ll enjoy a 3-course seated dinner at Parkway’s private dining room; to make a reservation call the restaurant at (626) 795-1001 and ask to reserve a seat at the Rhone Ranger Dinner on November 6th. This will sell out, only 24 seats available, don’t delay!
WINEMAKER DINNER, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 7 PM, Redbird, downtown LA. Featuring the wines of Eberle, Kita and Tablas Creek. Chef Neal Fraser, Bravo TV Top Chef, has designed a 3-course seated dinner for you at The Nest, Redbird’s private dining space and outdoor deck overlooking the LA skyline at Vibiana. Sommelier Ben Teig will be featuring the wines of Eberle, Kita and Tablas Creek for you to enjoy with Chef Neal’s special pairing menu. This is an intimate dinner for just 30 guests, along with representatives from each of the wineries. Reservations may be made by calling the restaurant at 213-788-1191, and asking to reserve a seat at the Rhone Ranger Dinner November 6th. This will sell out, do not delay!
SEMINAR: “GRENACHE ON THE RISE.” SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 10:30 AM. This seminar will focus on Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir and Grenache-dominant blends. Our moderator will be Patrick Comiskey. Winery participants include Andrew Murray, Bernat, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Lightning Wines, Mounts Family Winery, Petrichor, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Tercero Wines, Terre Rouge and Vines on the Marycrest .
GRAND TASTING, VIP TICKETS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2-6 PM. This event takes place at The Reef, 1933 S Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.Taste from over 200 wines poured by more than 50 wineries. Bid on wine and wine-related items at the silent auction; a portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund. Winery participants are listed to the left.
GRAND TASTING, GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 3-6 PM. This event takes place at The Reef, 1933 S Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.Taste from over 200 wines poured by more than 50 wineries. Bid on wine and wine-related items at the silent auction; a portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund.