The Rhônes are Coming to Paso Robles
Hospice du Rhône Celebrates 20 Years April 26-28, 2012
Every year for the past two decades Hospice du Rhône has brought together Rhône producers from around the globe to Paso Robles to celebrate all things Rhône. The tradition continues in 2012 as the world’s largest gathering of Rhône variety wines celebrates 20 years April 26 – 28 at the Paso Robles Event Center.
Through the years, Hospice du Rhône has hosted diverse Rhône personalities from the world over, tasted attendees on wines found only at the event and has been a platform for experiences that shall always be remembered. This mission will ring loud at the 20th celebration as the organization will bring together the new and old of the inspiring and spirited Rhône community.
Reflecting upon the past 20 years, the annual Seminar Series will highlight Rhône producers who have previously taken the stage. Wine zealots will delve into in-depth wine seminars with presenters hailing from Australia, France, Spain and Washington State. Taking the trek to the 20th celebration will be Chester Osborn of d’Arenberg, South Australia, Christophe Baron of Cayuse from Walla Walla, Washington, François Villard, Yves Cuilleron and Pierre Gaillard of Les Vins de Vienne of Chavanay, France along with four Rhône producers from Spain who are represented in the United States by Eric Solomon Selections.
This landmark year will introduce attendees to the new Friday BIG Rhône Rendezvous. Here 100 producers from near and far will share their Rhône wines from large-format bottles. To complement this BIG evening of BIG bottles, highly-acclaimed chefs hailing from the esteemed Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee will serve up a taste of the South in a BIG way. This will be the only event throughout the weekend that the "Number 1 Resort in the Continental U.S. and Canada" as voted by Travel + Leisure for their 2011 World's Best Awards, will showcase their culinary talents.
The Rhône quest continues at the Saturday Grand Tasting with over 130 winemakers pouring tastes from around the globe. It has been said that to duplicate this tasting, one would need a passport, many weeks off work and thousands of airline miles to taste the variety of wines showcased at the Grand Tasting. While strolling the Tasting Pavilion guests will savor bites from artisan food purveyors who will be stationed throughout the hall.
This reunion will call upon the organizations culinary comrades to make a return visit to the stove to create delectable dishes for each of the entertaining meals. Guests will delight in cuisine from the girl & the fig of Sonoma, California at the Rosé Lunch, the Far Western Tavern of Guadalupe, California for the Saturday Lunch and Live Auction and The Neon Carrot of San Luis Obispo, California at the Saturday Farewell BBQ.
A weekend of Serious Fun will be had by all at this 20th annual event. Passes are currently on sale. To purchase passes and to learn more about the 20th celebration, visit www.hospicedurhone.org.
Faith Wells is the Communications Director for Hospice du Rhône