Rhone Rangers

The Rhone Rangers are a group of American winemakers who promote the use of grape varieties from the Rhône Valley in the south of France. They are mostly based on the West Coast, particularly California, and are now organized into a not-for-profit organization for the promotion of wines containing at least 75% of the 22 Rhône grape varieties. Their name is a pun on The Lone Ranger. Originally formed in the 1980s, with no formal structure or organization, the group disbanded in the early 1990s. It was revived again in the late 1990s and is considered a catalyst in making Syrah more prevalent on the Californian wine landscape.
Posts about Rhone Rangers
    • Dec 6, Roussanne White Wine Variety

      Roussanne White Wine Variety Roussanne wines are often described as more elegant than those of its better known cousin Marsanne. However in the vineyard the variety is less popular because of its lack of hardiness and susceptibility to powdery mildew. The Flavours of Roussanne In his book Grapes & Wines Oz Clarke likens the aromas of Roussanne to those of herbal tea and pears.

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  • Checking Out a Wine Panel

    … on a single grape variety – ZAP or Zinfandel Advocates and Producers, and TAPAS or Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society – the Rangers focus on the whole panoply of grapes traditionally grown in the Rhone River region of France, but which are also grown all over the world now, varieties such as grenache, syrah, mourvedre, viognier and others…

    oddballgrape.comin Syrah- 3 readers -
  • Wine Reviews: California Rhones

    …, but this seems ready to go now. A blend of 53% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 18% Mourvedre and 2% Counoise. (89 points IJB) Review: 2012 Bonny Doon Vineyard Contra - California SRP: $13 A pretty rose-violet color. Fresh cherries and raspberries on the nose, along with lots of roses, potpourri, vermouth spices, some savory tones. Full, fine tannins, fresh acid…

    Isaac Baker/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blogin Syrah- 3 readers -
  • A (make it) long weekend in Paso Robles

    … Paso Robles is one crackin place for an extended wine weekend. Oh my where to start. There are so many great wineries and restaurants in Paso Robles it could take decades of wine Adventure weekends to visit most. We have been lucky enough to be able to get a taste of many through events like the Paso Robles Wine Festival, The Paso Robles Rhone…

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  • Game of Rhône’s

    … and parts of Santa Barbara and many other areas. Some of the excellent wines I sampled included Kale Wines from Napa with their 2013 Grenache Rose’ ($22) and 2010 Alder Springs Syrah ($45); to Kita Wines from Santa Barbara and their 2011 Syrah ($32), and an exciting new player, Guyomar WineCellars out of the Paso Robles region. Most of life is pretty…

  • Bill Frick: The One Man Band [Part Two]

    …: A delicious red blend composed of Syrah 40%, Grenache 40% Cinsaut 20%. I do love that name, I thought it was reminiscent of the Southern Rhone. I asked his if he registered that name and said, "yep, sure did" I told him that's smart move and he shrugged his shoulders, like "duh" of course. I told him he should sell it, so more folks could use…

    Bill Eyer/ Cuvée Corner Wine Blog in Syrah- 1 readers -
  • Bill Frick: The One Man Band

    … to tell you, that is some ass-kicking work to do on all your own, don't try this at home. I was saddened to hear, that he had lost his partner Judith Gannon, who with Bill and the sale of a premium 57 Chevy embarked on this amazing journey, on a very nice slice of Sonoma County back in 1976. Now he didn't tell me this, but from my perspective, she…

    Bill Eyer/ Cuvée Corner Wine Blog in Syrah- 2 readers -
  • Q&A – Chris Cameron of Broken Earth Winery, Part 2

    … a common approach. Much blame has been leveled at agriculture but this is ill-informed. Water is simple, like power, fuel etc., the more you use the more you pay but……everyone has to contribute. Water of groundwater use is inevitable to determine exactly what the current status is and how best to address it. I have attended many meetings…

    Hoot n Anniein Riesling- 4 readers -
  • Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

    … After #GoingRogue with Tercero, it was time to meander down the road a bit to Beckmen Vineyards, were the #QBP had a barrel tasting arranged with Keana and Beckman winemaker, Mikel Sigouin. I first met Mikel last year at Rhone Rangers in San Francisco, and when I mentioned that some wine bloggers were going to be in his neighborhood, he eagerly…

    Luscious Lushesin Syrah- 3 readers -
  • #WBC14 Paso Robles Excursion: Tablas Creek Vineyard

    … One of my favorite experiences of participating in the Wine Bloggers Conference Paso Robles Pre-Excursion was our visit to Rhone Ranger favorite, Tablas Creek Vineyard. Although Gary Eberle of Eberle Winery was the first to plant Rhone varieties in Paso, Tablas Creek was the first to make their Rhone styled wine commercially viable in the Paso…

    Todd M. Godbout/ WineCompass- 6 readers -
  • Four Rosé Top Picks for the Holiday Table. Grab One This Week.

    …: 13601 Old River Road, Hopland CA Phone: 707.400.6300 Email: info@campovida.com Oakland: 95 Linden St. (at W Embarcadero) Oakland, CA 94607 (707) 744-8797 (p.s. stay tuned in Jan/Feb I will organize a North Coast Rhone Rangers tasting in the Oakland tasting room.) 3. Cartograph Rosé of Pinot Noir I have come to appreciate how difficult a good rosé…

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  • The Wrap Up: Rhône Rangers Los Angeles Tasting 2012

    … On June 3, 2012, the Rhône Rangers welcomed hundreds of Rhône wine enthusiasts to the historic Vibiana for the annual Los Angeles Tasting Event. The nearly sold-out event featured more than 45 wineries pouring over 200 wines from Santa Barbara County, Paso Robles, Monterey County and Washington State. The Rhône Rangers Los Angeles Tasting…

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  • Rhône Rangers Los Angeles Tasting Event 2012

    …Rhône Rangers fans: Your favorite wineries are coming to Downtown Los Angeles to the iconic and historic Vibiana. On June 3rd, the Rhône Rangers will ride into Los Angeles with over 40 winery members pouring over 200 Rhône varietal wines at this premier location. This intimate tasting has found a heavenly home in the City of Angels after a couple…

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    New York - (March 22) Total Sell Out for 2012 and we helped raise a record amount of money for a good cause City of Hope. http://www.cityofhope.org/ And it was great to see our Industry friends and of we didn't have a bad wine all night. At my table (#1) we brought back the winning wine label from last year to face a new challenger.

    Brian Thomas Wines- 1 readers -