San Francisco Weekend Celebration of American Rhone Wines 2017
Rhone Rangers California Tour
San Francisco Event June 9-10
Join the Rhone Rangers in San Francisco on Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, 2017 at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio. Friday night kicks off the weekend with a special winemaker dinner and live auction featuring rare Rhone wine lots and unique wine experiences. The Rhone Rangers honor and celebrate the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Sondra Bernstein of the girl and the fig.
Saturday choose from VIP or General Admission tickets with three American Rhone seminars options: The Rise of Rhone Rosé, The Pioneers of Rhone Rangers and The New Wave of Single-Variety Rhone Wines.
Date Friday & Saturday, June 9-10
Location The Golden Gate Club at the Presidio
135 Fisher Loop
San Francisco, CA 94129
Rhone Rangers Winemaker Dinner - Friday, June 9 - 5:30 pm - $175 per person
Winemaker Dinner and Auction - Join the Rhone Rangers for their annual winemaker dinner and auction at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. Dinner will be catered by James Beard Winner, Chef Traci Des Jardin of Presidio Catering who has worked in collaboration with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Sondra Bernstein, celebrity chef, author, and pioneer of the Sonoma restaurant the girl & the fig. The evening experience of wine, food and fundraising kicks off the two-day Annual Celebration of American Rhone Wines. Tickets are limited to 180 guests. Reception begins at 5:30 pm, dinner at 7 pm with awards and the auction to immediately follow.
Saturday Grand Tasting General Admission $60 – Enjoy wines from more than 60 Rhone Rangers wineries during the Grand Tasting from 3 – 5:30 pm.
Saturday VIP Grand Tasting $90 – VIP status at the Rhone Rangers San Francisco event gives you early entrance to the tasting of more than 60 Rhone wineries and access to a special lounge area with unique wines and appetizers. VIP guests may enter at 2 pm.
Weekend Pass - $325 - This exclusive all access pass gives you a full Rhone Rangers Experience and includes the Friday Night Winemaker Dinner and Auction, VIP Status on Saturday with entry to all three seminars.
Saturday Seminars: All seminars include VIP status. Choose between seminar 1, 2, & 3, or any combination of the three:
VIP Tasting 2-5:30pm and Seminar 1 - 11am-12pm - $125
If you drink Rhone reds, you’ve probably tasted a smidge of Counoise in a blend here and there. But to taste it on its own, you’re better off looking to the Rhone Rangers, who are now making single-variety wines from grapes that rarely get single billing in the Rhone itself. This panel, moderated by Luke Sykora—the California critic for Wine & Spirits Magazine—will explore lesser-known Rhone varieties like Counoise, Carignan and Picpoul, all of which are on the rise in California, making nuanced, food-friendly, exciting wines.
- Picpoul Blanc 2015 - Adelaida Winery & Vineyard
- Counoise 2014 - Westwood
- Marsanne 2014 – Tercero Wines
- Terret Noir 2015 – Tablas Creek Vineyard
VIP Tasting 2-5:30pm and Seminar 2 - The Pioneers of Rhone Rangers: 1-2pm - $125
This invite-only seminar will be a fun and lively discussion of how a small group of vanguard grape farmers transformed what began as fence line discussions about growing Rhone grapes 20 years ago into a full-fledged movement that has forever changed the American wine landscape and continues to shape its future. Panelists include Patrick Comiskey, author of American Rhone: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink and founding members of the Rhone Rangers.
- Steve Edmunds, Edmunds St John
- Bill Easton, Terre Rouge
- L ‘Autre Grenache - Sierra Foothills
- Ethen Lindquist, Qupé
VIP Tasting 2-5:30pm and Seminar 3 - : 3-4pm - $125
This seminar will underscore a truth that, according to wine writer Alder Yarrow, is self evident: Rhone grape varieties make the best rosé wine in the world. The Rhone Rangers are leading a revolution in pink wines with rosé amde from Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan and Cousoise - in addition to blended wines that often include white Rhone grapes. Join Alder and our handpicked group of Rhone Ranger winemakers as they share the secrets and the flavors of some of the most complex and versatile wines on the planet.
- Rosé 2016 - Aquiesce
- Rosé 2016 – Petrichor
- Caliza Pink 2016 – Caliza
- Rosé 2016 - The Withers
VIP Tasting 2-5:30pm and Seminar 1 at 11am -12pm and Seminar 2 at 1-2pm - $140
VIP Tasting 2-5:30pm and Seminar 1 at 11am-12pm and Seminar 3 at 3-4pm - $140
VIP Tasting 2-5:30pm and Seminar 2 at 1-2pm and Seminar 3 at 3-4pm - $140
VIP Tasting 2-5:30pm and Seminar 1 at 11am-12pm and Seminar 2 at 1-2pm and Seminar 3 at 3-4pm - $155
Government-issued photo IDs will be checked at the door. All sales are final, tickets are non-refundable.
Have questions? Email us at Info@rhonerangers.org.