Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Rhone Rangers SF 2013 - Ticket Contest

CONGRATULATIONS to Gina Braden who submitted her entry via email for the Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting Ticket Contest. She enjoys baseball and BBQ'ing with a bottle of Shiloh Road Syrah!

This time of year is always a favorite of mine for so many reasons. Baseball season is almost here, more daylight which means great cycling weather, March Madness, corned beef and cabbage, and oh yeah, the Rhone Rangers San Francisco event at Fort Mason.  Last year was my first year at this event and I am honored to be going back and to have been asked again to give away a pair of tickets to this incredible event. So keep reading and find out how you can enter to win....I promise it will be easy.

First, let’s get you acquainted with Rhone and why they deserve their own celebration....because trust me, they do.
You have probably heard of a couple, but may not know they were Rhone grapes. For example, Syrah is a more common red Rhone grape and Viognier is a white Rhone grape that is growing in popularity. Other Rhones you may have had but are not seen as single-varietal wines as much, such as Grenache (pronounced “gruh-NOSH”), Mourvedre (“more-VEHD-ruh”), Cinsault (“sahn-soh”), Roussane (“roo-SAWN”), and Grenache Blanc (“gruh-NOSH blahnk”), to name a few. All in all there are 22 different Rhone grape varietals. Many have been used primarily in blends but some single varietal wines are definitely gaining traction.

Okay, so what is this event all about?

Friday March 22nd
A Sixteen-Winery Winemaker Dinner. Each table is hosted by a winemaker who will pour their wines to pair with food from Girl and the Fig. A la carte tickets for the dinner are $150 and participating wineries include (but are not limited to) Anaba Wines, Baiocchi Wines and Vineyard, Bonny DoonVineyards, and Two Shepherds.

Saturday March 23rd
10:00 – 12:45pm include two seminars led by Jon Bonne, Wine Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle
Seminar #1: “Old World Inspiration, New World Innovation” – This seminar will present four wines from E. Guigal alongside four wines from American Rhone Ranger members. This is a great chance to taste traditional and modern takes on Rhone.

Seminar #2: “Mourvedre, a Rising Star in American Rhones” – At this seminar you will get the chance to hear from multiple winemakers producing Mourvedre as well as taste their wines. This is one of those wines commonly blended into other wines but is making an argument that it should be the leading lady.

Grand Tasting (3:00-6:00pm) – This is the chance to taste and purchase over 500 American Rhone wines from over 100 of the Rhone Ranger members. Free shipping to CA and NV residents will be onsite for your purchases as well. A la carte tickets for the Grand Tasting are only $50, but if you enter the code RR-BLGCON you will get $5 off that price.

You’ve convinced do I get there?

Tickets are on sale now at the Rhone Rangers site and ticket prices are as follows:
Weekend Pass: $275 (includes winemaker dinner, seminars, and VIP entry to the Grand Tasting)
Saturday Pass: $150 (includes seminars and VIP entry to the Grand Tasting)
Winemaker Dinner a la carte: $150
Grand Tasting a la carte: $50 in advance, $55 at the door. - Don't forget to use the discount code RR-BLGCON for $5 off the advance price.

Yeah, but how do I get the FREE tickets you mentioned?

We are giving away two tickets to the Grand Tasting event on Saturday March 23rd. Since I told you this is my favorite time of the year, I want to know what do you love about this time of the year and what bottle of American Rhone do you celebrate with? For example, while out cycling I love swinging by Two Shepherds and enjoying some Grenache Blanc. Or I may partake in some Baiocchi Entre Nous Grenache/Syrah while waiting for my Oakland A's to take the field.

All you have to do is leave a comment with those two things and you will be entered to win. A winner will be selected at random on Sunday the 17th at 4:00pm (right before sitting down to corned beef) and posted to the site. I will need your name and email address so you can include those in the comment or email me at if you are the winner.



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