I’ll take any opportunity I can think up to drive up to Paso Robles for a little quality wine-tasting time–but one of the benefits of living in a big city like Los Angeles is that sometimes the good wine comes to YOU.
And the Rhone Rangers tasting event in Los Angeles is one of those lucky, lovely times.
If you’re not familiar, the Rhone Rangers began as a way to educate the public and introduce them to (and promote) the great new-world Rhone wines being made in the U.S. Originally a solely California creation, it now boasts member wineries from Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Michigan, New York, and Virginia.
The Los Angeles event features mostly California producers, including industry leaders such as Tablas Creek and Halter Ranch, and also many small producers (which you already know I have a soft spot for) such as Lone Madrone and Calcareous. More than 40 wineries will be there, and styles run the full gamut, meaning you’ll find plenty of teeth-staining goodness to enjoy no matter what your preference is.
There are multiple ticket options for the event–I’d recommend the Saturday pass, which gets you in bright and early for the winemakers’ seminar at 11:00 a.m. The seminar “The Past and the Future” features a panel of winemakers and includes a flight of red and white wines. That pass also gets you into the VIP tasting (ahead of the crowds) as well as a buffet lunch. You can also choose to attend just the VIP tasting or the main event–but be aware that the Saturday and VIP passes are almost sold out. Grab a ticket now, and use code RRLA16 for $10 off the ticket price.
A few wineries I recommend as must-try tastings are Tablas Creek, Halter Ranch, Lone Madrone, Calcareous and Ridge. Whatever your Rhone preferences, this is a definite don’t-miss event, and it’s a great way to spend a Saturday.
Here’s the full schedule for the day:
Date: Saturday, August 6
Location: Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
11 am – Winemaker Seminar
(with Red/White Rhone Blends)
12:30 – Trade and Media Tasting
12:30 pm – New Event: Winemaker
1:30 pm – VIP Grand Tasting
2:30 pm – Grand Tasting General Admission