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Rhône Rangers are toasting grenache day

By From page B6 | September 21, 2012

The Rhône Rangers organization is celebrating International Grenache Day, Friday, Sept. 21, with regional events in Paso Robles, Sacramento, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa. A live twitter tasting hosted by Rhône Ranger pioneers including Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard and Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard is also a part of Grenache Day.

International Grenache Day, established in 2010 by founders of the first annual Grenache Symposium, honors the “unsung hero of the wine world.”

Nicole Sierra-Rolet, co-founder of the International Grenache Association and proprietor of Rhône wine producer Chene Bleu in Crestet, France, added, “It’s rewarding to see in just three very short years how the Rhône Rangers, one of the world’s leading Rhône-inspired wine organizations, has embraced International Grenache Day.

“With the four events Rhône Rangers is organizing, Friday Sept. 21 will truly be an All Grenache Day the world over.”

Rhône Rangers events will feature Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Grenache rosés and Grenache-based blends.

The schedule includes four regional events.

At Sacramento’s Caverna 57, there will be wines by Crystal Basin Cellars, David Girard Vineyards, Holly’s Hill Vineyard and more, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Call 530-344-0227 for more information.

In Santa Cruz, Le Cigare Volant at Bonny Doon Vineyard is the site for wines from Big Basin, Birichino, Bonny Doon, Clos de la Chance, Martella and Ridge and Storrs from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 831-332-1815.

At Sheldon Wines in Santa Rosa, wines from Donelan, Mounts, Quivera, Ridge, Sheldon, Stark and Two Shepherds will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information call  707-865-6755.

In Paso Robles at Cypher Winery and Farmstand 46, 15 Rhône Rangers wineries will be represented from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information visit the Website at [email protected]

Events are free of charge, but donations to the Rhône Rangers Scholarship Fund are encouraged.

“Grenache, in all its forms, is one of the most exciting grapes in America. New plantings of Grenache Noir have topped 1,200 acres in California alone in the last decade, and Grenache Blanc is the fastest-growing white Rhône variety in America,” said Josh Bendick, Rhône Rangers board president. “We enthusiastically join our friends and colleagues at the Grenache Symposium in this growing movement of global recognition and appreciation for grenache.”

The Rhône Rangers started as a small gathering of American vintners meeting informally in the 1980s. Now they are a non-profit organization of roughly 150 wineries dedicated to making wines from the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France’s Rhône Valley. These varieties range from the better-known syrah and viognier to the up-and-coming mourvèdre, grenache and roussanne, to obscure grapes like counoise and picpoul.

In order for a winery to join the Rhône Rangers, they must produce at least one wine that contains 75 percent of any single approved varietal (or combination of these varietals).

For more information please visit rhonerangers.org.

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